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Senior Manager, Campaigns and Relationships

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Duration: Full time, permanent. 

Start date: ASAP.

Location: Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford or the surrounding region. Travel to these cities will be required on a regular basis. This role will also be required to travel to London once a month, but otherwise can work remotely and flexibly as per Bite Back 2030’s hybrid working policy. 

Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 p/a, dependent on experience. 

About Bite Back 2030 

Be part of the creative and agile team behind Bite Back 2030’s exceptional teenage activists. Join us as a Senior Manager, Campaigns and Relationships and contribute to a 10-year journey to help make the food system healthier and fairer and achieve our goal of halving childhood obesity by 2030.

Young people today are up against a flood of unhealthy food, pouring out of our high streets, supermarkets and school canteens. As a result processed foods, snacks, soft drinks and takeaways are playing too big a role in their lives. Junk food is cheap and easy to access at a time when 3.3 million young people under the age of 18 have overweight or obesity. Rates among our poorest are double those of our wealthiest young people.

Covid-19 has only further served to highlight the injustices in the food system and sharpen the focus on the impact obesity has on health outcomes. There is a political moment now to accelerate change.

We believe young people are the key voice in driving this change in our food system, and are growing a movement of young people to raise their voice and drive impact. In the past two years, our National Youth Board — including incredible campaigners like Christina and Dev — have won campaigns to extend free school meals during the holiday, end junk food advertising online and before 9pm on TV, and to improve the quality of school food. 

In 2021, we launched our first Local Youth Boards in London and Birmingham, who are calling on local authorities to end junk food advertising in their cities, and right now 500 pupils are running projects to improve their school food through our School Food Champions programme.  

It is a really exciting time to join the organisation — we are still a start-up but with ambitious plans for growth and impact. In 2022, we will be launching Local Youth Boards and a Community Food Champions programme in Manchester, Sheffield, and Leeds/Bradford, seeking to recruit and train an inspiring cohort of young people to drive positive change for child health in the region. 

About the Role

We are seeking a driven and talented Senior Manager, Campaigns and Relationships to lead an exciting new step in our mission to drive change for child health in the North of England — launching campaigns and youth programmes in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford. 

The Senior Manager, Campaigns and Relationships will be responsible for building Bite Back 2030’s presence and profile in the North of England, building relationships with political and business leaders, local authorities, MPs, NGOs, youth groups, schools, local influencers and campaigning movements to create change. You will lead high level meetings alongside our young people and advocate for Bite Back’s mission across the region.

The role will support young people to design, lead and win impactful regional and local campaigns, connecting their voices to those in power to reduce childhood obesity in the region. They will develop a comprehensive understanding of regional and local policies that relate to child health in each Youth Board area, developing and implementing campaign strategies to influence and improve these, and empowering our Local Youth Boards and Community Food Champions to play a lead role.  

They will work closely with the Director of Movement, Head of Programmes, and the Youth Coordinator to train and develop young people in the region, and with the Senior Communications Manager to secure local media coverage for their campaigns. In addition, they will work with the Director of Campaigns to seek opportunities to leverage regional leader voices to advance national campaign goals. 

Responsibilities:

  • Build Bite Back 2030’s presence and profile in the North of England, developing strong relationships with political and business leaders, local authorities, MPs, NGOs, youth groups, schools and campaigning movements to create change. 
  • Lead regional strategies to help young people develop and win campaigns. This includes: 
    • Working with young people to develop strategies and tactics to win campaigns influencing local government policy and corporate behaviour.  
    • Develop policy positions to reduce childhood obesity in each region, working in close collaboration with partners in child health and nutrition. 
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with local government and business leaders with the power to reduce childhood obesity, creating opportunities to connect youth leaders with decision-makers. 
    • Building relationships with local campaigning partners such as NGOs, youth groups, schools and campaigning movements.
    • Support in securing local media coverage, working closely with the Senior Communications Manager.
    • Support in building digital scale to support campaign goals, working closely with the Director of Movement and the Digital Team. 
    • Seek support from the broader Bite Back 2030 and Jamie Oliver Group teams where valuable to support campaigns.
  • Plan youth events and trainings to empower 45 young people on our Local Youth Boards to create and run impactful local campaigns to improve child health. 
  • Provide support to youth groups participating in our Community Food Champions programme, advising on local policy context and campaign opportunities, and linking groups with relevant political and business leaders. 
  • Identify synergies between Bite Back 2030 regional and national campaign efforts, working closely with the Director of Campaigns to connect the dots and leverage local youth leaders to achieve national campaign goals where valuable. 

Person Specification:

Required Skills and Experience: 

  • 6+ years experience working in campaigning, advocacy, and/or public affairs in the UK. 
  • A confident leader, able to present, persuade and build support for concepts and mission.
  • Strong understanding of how to design and deliver strategies to influence government and business to implement new policy commitments. 
  • Ability to identify opportunities to influence government and business policy, supported by critical analysis of current gaps. 
  • Great people skills, with the ability to form strong relationships with young people, campaign partners, and government and business decision-makers. 
  • Excellent English language verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects to tight deadlines to high quality. 
  • Creative thinker with a high belief in the power of movements to drive change. 
  • Knowledge of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and/or the surrounding region. 

Desirable Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate would bring 3-5 of these additional skills or experiences to the role: 

  • Experience in designing and leading programmes to empower young people, particularly those aged 11-18 and from low-income or Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Working on child health, nutrition, obesity or poverty in the UK.  
  • Securing local media coverage in the UK. 
  • Working in coalition campaigns with civil society organisations. 
  • Designing and executing digital campaign tactics, using online action, social media, digital content and more to drive campaign goals. 
  • Evaluating the success of youth-led campaigns. 
  • Mentoring young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 
  • Connections to local government, business, youth organisations, or civil society organisations in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and/or Bradford. 
  • Professional experience in policy making or government relations. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have lived experience of growing up on free school meals or with limited access to healthy food.

If you would like to apply for this position please send a CV and cover letter in Word format to recruitment@biteback2030.com. Recruitment for this role is blind. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 19th April 2022.

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