We're Hiring! Policy Officer Role

  • Release Date: 08/03/2017
Job Title: Policy Officer
Reports to Post: Public Affairs Director 

The Role: 

As the voice of US companies in Ireland our policy and advocacy agenda is hugely diverse and dynamic. Due to the growth in activity the Chamber is now looking to expand its policy team. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious team player with strong interpersonal skills seeking to build on their proven skills in policy development/research with a leading representative organisation.

Acting at the core of a policy secretariat for membership groups, the Policy Officer will function as a key coordination, intelligence collection point and analyst for the Chamber’s advocacy activities.

Responsible for the day-to-day support of several policy-specific membership groups of the Chamber, each comprising business professionals representing US companies in Ireland or subject matter experts drawn from the wider membership and the external policy environment.

Supporting research activities with the membership group leadership, preparing for committee meetings, keeping meeting records and communicating regularly with committee members on activities, policy items and other relevant information. The successful candidate can expect to become the Chamber’s subject matter expert in a number of agreed policy domains.

He/she will manage the production and dissemination/marketing of policy papers, submissions and position statements; organises activities to support the representation of the Chamber’s business agenda including meetings, conferences, seminars and delegation meetings with Government Departments and Agencies; and supports contributions to internal and external publications.

Conducts both secondary/desk research and co-ordinates surveys and primary research projects among the membership. This information supports press campaigns and the development of the Chamber policy positions in areas impacting the competitiveness of Ireland as a location for investment. 

Main Duties:
  • Supporting the Director in the identification of background information, benchmark metrics and preparing briefing notes for the Chamber’s Working Groups in policy areas such as skills, innovation/ research and development, cost competitiveness, digital/data leadership, taxation and trade.
  • Preparing and communicating membership group agendas, meeting minutes and managing follow–up action items arising from such meetings.
  • Support the production of policy submissions to government and policy papers with background research on topics, identifying and verification on the key facts and preparation of the documents for approval.
  • Working with the Director to maintain and develop contacts and relationships focused on policy stakeholders in Government, other business groups and with key policy influencers.
  • Oversee the quality control and distribution of government affairs outputs to members and external stakeholders and manage the policy research and output archive – submissions, papers, reports, scorecards as per annual operational plan for the Chamber.
  • Provide an-going analysis of investments & disinvestments by sector, activity and region, tracking competitiveness indicators and developing the Chamber's ongoing competitiveness monitor.
  • Working with the Chamber's communications team, ensure outputs are appropriately represented and available on digital platforms. Identify policy related topics for inclusion in the Chamber's weekly newsletter, FDI Focus.
Background and Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have a proven interest in public policy environment in an Irish and global context; higher level education in economics, international affairs, politics, international relations or law; advanced degree in these or/and equivalent work experience an advantage.
  • The ideal candidate might have between 2-3+ years of professional work experience. Evidence of strong organisational and administrate skills is desirable, reflected in past research projects, publication production and preparing policy dossiers.
  • Working as part of a focused executive team, the ideal person should be confident, with excellent written and oral communicator skills, a self-starter and comfortable interacting with public sector and multinational organisations.
  • Candidate must be well organised, have an eye for detail, be able to keep to deadlines, be computer literate process orientated and comfortable working in a small, dynamic team.
  • Candidate must be able to work well with many internal and external customers, including business executives and Government officials.
  • Languages: Fluent English (both written and spoken)
  • Special skills: Experience and proficiency with MS Office Applications (particularly MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
  • Candidates should be available to work legally in Ireland.
For further information please reach out, in confidence, to Brian Cotter b.cotter@amcham.ie