External Affairs Consultant

Posted 7 February by National Trust

Socially, economically, politically - it's crucial that we understand and appreciate the external environment we operate in. We need to be at the heart of the issues that really matter - and that's where you'll firmly put us.

What it's like to work here

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, it’s proving to be a great repository of skills, talent and experience. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

What you'll be doing

In line with our national and local strategy to grow the nation’s love of special places. You’ll help to develop a compelling case for support for the National Trust in Northern Ireland. Confident and credible, a creative thinker and an effective communicator, you’ll respond to requests for information, advice and hands-on support to meet the needs of your clients in relation to key policy areas. You’ll also facilitate partnerships across and beyond your geographical remit, working with our many stakeholders and supporters to raise our profile and understanding our cause. You'll track and monitor these relationships too, ensuring that they're as robust and productive as they can be. You'll also make sure that our understanding of current issues and emerging trends is in-depth and up-to-date and you'll provide clear briefing for colleagues and key audiences.

Who we're looking for

We’re looking for someone who understands the world of external affairs in Northern Ireland and beyond, and who can help guide us in making the best connections possible for the region. In order to stand out in your application, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Strong experience of working in a similar external affairs or partnership role
  • A self-starter - someone who can take a brief and work it up autonomously whilst knowing when to check in and ensure support at all levels for your work
  • Understanding of sustainable land use, heritage and conservation issues
  • Empathy for the strategic aims and ethos of the National Trust
  • Excellent relationship management skills, the ability to develop relationships with all personalities
  • Exceptional negotiating and influencing skills
  • Experience of working in matrix management organisation, or complex multi-disciplined environment
  • Understanding of local authority and government approaches to partnership management

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan - from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability.

Reference: 34417116

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