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At ISC we currently have the following vacancies:

Head of Legal and Policy

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) brings together the seven leading professional associations of Heads, Governors and Bursars of independent schools, comprising more than 1,300 independent schools and 500,000 pupils. We are proud to represent some of the world’s leading schools.

We are seeking a Head of Legal and Policy to provide support and guidance for the sector across the full range of legal and policy matters including education, charity, immigration, SEND, social mobility, school partnerships, inspections, data protection, safeguarding and relevant areas of regulatory compliance. The successful candidate will also act as sole inhouse counsel to ISC, providing legal support for the General Secretary, Chairman and Board.

This is a high profile and responsible position and the successful candidate will be confident promoting the sector’s interests directly with Government and other key stakeholders. Critical to our success is the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue with Government and regulators whilst being fearless in campaigning for proportionate and effective regulation.

Applicants should demonstrate a track record of impact and influence in education or a highly regulated sector. Happy working independently and as part of a small team, with the ability to apply legal skills in a common-sense and pragmatic manner, the successful candidate will have a keen interest in education.

Please apply by email to recruitment@isc.co.uk with full cv, covering letter and details of two referees. Find out more information about this job.

Public Affairs and Policy Officer

The Independent Schools Council seeks a full-time Public Affairs and Policy Officer to join our friendly and professional team in Central London.

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) represents 1,300 fee-charging independent schools educating more than 500,000 children and speaks for the sector as a whole. ISC is strictly independent of all political parties and acts in the interests of all children. The successful candidate will improve engagement with political decision-makers and influencers and will positively influence the public image of the independent education sector, engaging in the wider world and promoting clearer understanding of the benefits of our sector in the UK. Personal attributes include:

  • Highly literate
  • Well-versed in current affairs
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Motivated and proactive team player, able to build productive internal and external relationships
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to work well under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Track record of seeing projects through to completion
  • Able to set and meet deadlines

Knowledge of education would be a considerable advantage.

Responsibilities include:

  • Implement the public affairs strategy for ISC and its associations at national and local level, and provide support to schools on the latter. Update senior ISC staff on the delivery of the strategy.
  • Build, maintain and review relationships with government bodies, civil servants, MPs and peers, teaching unions and other third party stakeholders.
  • Advise and support school heads when engaging with local MPs and councillors, and facilitate visits and events including other influencers.
  • Advise the General Secretary and appropriate committees/groups on effective approaches.
  • Work with the ISC media and communications team to ensure messaging is aligned, supporting the public affairs strategy and campaigns.
  • Respond to policy consultations and build the ISC’s policy library.
  • Work with the Head of Legal and Policy to develop resilient policy positions on a variety of topics for the sector.
  • Work with the ISC research team and others to identify the need for relevant supporting information and to ensure that data relevant to campaigns is collected and updated
  • Agree KPIs and track the success of public affairs and policy activity, reporting to the Head of Legal and Policy

Salary: competitive, commensurate with experience.

Contract type: full-time, permanent

Please apply to publicaffairs@isc.co.uk by the 10th October with a CV and covering letter including current salary. A more detailed job description is available here. Interviews will be held in central London across October.