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Public Policy Officer

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Executives Office
Category: Strategy, Development, Commercial
Date Posted: 13/03/2018
Reference: 01821



Full Time, Permanent


This is a fantastic opportunity to join the British Library’s dynamic Corporate Affairs Team as Public Policy Officer, working with a wide range of policymakers to maintain and enhance the reputation of a global knowledge institution. 


The successful candidate will join the organisation at an exciting moment in its history, as it delivers its ambitious Living Knowledge vision ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2023. Founded in 1973 by an Act of Parliament, the British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s great cultural institutions. The Library has unrivalled collections in every subject and across all languages, dating back two millennia, and comprises well in excess of 150 million items, including books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, stamps, sound recordings and archived websites. This includes many treasures of the world’s written heritage, including Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, the world’s oldest Bible and the oldest printed book, as well as unique sound recordings.


Living Knowledge sets an ambition for the Library to become the most open, creative and innovative institution of its kind in the world. Underpinning the vision of Living Knowledge are six statements of purpose – in custodianship, research, business, culture, learning and international partnership. The breadth of these purposes puts the Library in a uniquely diverse portfolio of policy debates, such as the role and function of national museums, the development of the public libraries sector, higher education and research, cultural diplomacy, copyright and intellectual property, industrial strategy, and digital and ‘big data’.


The Public Policy Officer will have the opportunity to give the Library a strong voice across these different areas of policy, advocating to stakeholders for the Library to be recognised as an effective, efficient and valuable national institution.


Working to the Head of Public Policy, the role will also involve supporting engagement with local politicians and community leaders in Camden and West Yorkshire, working closely with the Library’s Community Engagement team.


If you have a track record of working with political stakeholders (including Parliamentarians, local Government, and other policymakers/influencers), and of providing advice and support to organisations working in a complex political environment, we look forward to hearing from you.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.



Closing date: 25 March 2018
Interview date: 6 April 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.
































In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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