Policy and Impact Manager

  • Remote-Friendly
  • London, UK

Website Full Fact

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Full Fact, an independent charity and team of campaigners and fact checkers is recruiting a Policy and Impact Manager to help us deliver change by coordinating action to reduce the spread of specific unsubstantiated claims as a result of our fact checking process. As Full Fact’s Policy and Impact Manager, you’ll play a central part in our work to stop the harm caused by misinformation, improve the standard of public debate and make sure people get the facts they deserve. The pandemic has meant this work has never been more important, and you’ll be joining the team at a pivotal and exciting time. You’ll act on the findings of our fact checks to secure corrections and other types of change, and improve how high quality information is released and communicated to the public. After we research and write fact checks, we seek redress for the inaccurate or misleading claim that has been used. If a politician or journalist gets it wrong in public, we ask that they correct themselves in public too. We also want to affect attitudes and behaviours, encourage a culture of accuracy, and gather evidence on the efficacy of both the systems meant to stop bad information reaching the public and of our own impact. We select fact checks to intervene on based on whether a claim is significantly inaccurate or misleading; there is a significant risk of harm to the public; or that an intervention might contribute to system changes that promote good information in public life. Interventions can be direct contact with a claimant (for instance a correction request to a newspaper); contacting another actor that can influence the claimant, such as a regulator; using public channels like the media to influence the claimant; and longer-term approaches, like developing policy positions and campaigning for change. Responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of these interventions sits with the Policy and Impact Manager with longer-term approaches taken forward with the wider Policy and Advocacy team, the team this role is in. Your work will contribute to the team’s wider advocacy agenda focused on tackling misinformation in public debate and online through pressing for policy and practice changes. Full Fact’s work has an impact. We obtain corrections from Prime Ministers and other senior politicians to MPs, from newspapers and broadcasters to public figures with large followings. We have seen government departments and national media outlets change how they work in response to follow ups to our fact checking. This is a chance to put your creativity and strong judgement to work in a fast-moving, campaigning context. You’ll have responsibility and opportunities to grow. If you’re a problem solver with lots of ideas, and the determination to see those ideas through, this is a fascinating job working across politics, media, public debate and online policy. Job Description The purpose of this role is to act on the findings of our fact checks by securing corrections and changes in practice and policy to improve the quality of information released and communicated to the public, and by promoting good practice when facts are used well. Outcomes:

  • Manage and develop Full Fact’s corrections and interventions work, seeking out opportunities for meaningful change.
  • Make informed and considered judgements about the best way to follow up on fact checks, focusing on those with the best potential to influence systems and behaviours.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of all our corrections and interventions work.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with journalists, regulators, data producers, civil servants, parliamentarians and others who influence the accuracy of public debate.
  • Work closely with the Editorial team including advising our fact checkers on how to achieve impact, and work with them to spot patterns of repeated claims, errors and bad practice — ranging from claimants ignoring correction requests to public bodies refusing to release information.
  • Document patterns to collate an evidence base and advocate for systems changes wherever they are needed, including by using Full Fact’s in-house monitoring technology to identify repeat instances of claims.
  • Work with the Communications team to raise the profile and impact of our corrections and interventions work including in the media and towards supporters and others that can take action to inform and improve public debate.
  • Work with the rest of the Policy and Advocacy team to support advocacy and influencing work to improve the quality of public debate in the UK.
  • Track all interventions and ensure regular reports and assessments of success and limitations and contribute to Policy and Advocacy and wider organisational Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and learning to prove and improve Full’s Fact’s effectiveness.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of case studies and evidence to support Fundraising and other colleagues in the promotion of  compelling stories about the impact of our work and showcasing the best of Full Fact’s work.

What we are looking for from you 

  • Commitment to political neutrality and a thorough understanding of impartiality.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to take the initiative and pick the right tone for different situations, individuals or groups of people.
  • Experience working with and maintaining relationships with parliamentarians, civil servants and/or journalists.
  • A creative and positive approach to problem-solving.
  • A good understanding of public policy and debate, the government and regulatory environment and parliamentary process.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and compellingly with a wide variety of audiences and on a wide variety of issues, verbally and in writing.
  • Attention to detail and an accurate and careful approach to work.

If you are interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills, please do apply. We are open both to supporting learning on the job and to rearranging tasks within the team to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. We are happy to talk about flexible working, and we are open to part time or job share applications for this role as part of an ambitious and supportive team. What we offer

  • Starting salary of £34–40,000 (plus pension) depending on experience.
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays. We also close the office for a period between Christmas and New Year.
  • Comfortable and attractive office by St James Park with very good transport links. We are currently all working remotely and are moving towards hybrid flexibility supporting office-based and remote work (the successful candidate will need to be based in or within reasonable reach of London).
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

To apply for this job please visit fullfact.teamtailor.com.