Policy Director

Job Description

Type of position:     Full-time

Location:                    London W1, UK

Salary:                         Competitive

About the role

The Jeremy Coller Foundation (JCF) is a private foundation based in London and operating globally. The successful candidate will join JCF, working with the FAIRR Initiative—the fastest-growing ESG network representing over $23 trillion in assets—and the executive committee of the wider Foundation.

The individual will play a key role in:

  • Leading the policy workstream for the FAIRR Initiative in relation to its investor network, strategic agenda and global outreach.
  • Contributing to the Foundation’s broader policy interests including, but not limited to, education, pensions and its ongoing work with The Elders.

The candidate will engage with governments, regulators, industry bodies and investors to promote greater understanding and awareness across all areas of focus for both the JCF and the FAIRR Initiative, building increased engagement around sustainable policy and practice.

Core responsibilities

  • Devise and create a robust and effective policy workstreams to support the development and growth of the FAIRR Initiative, taking into consideration the diverse approaches of institutional investors within their varying jurisdictions.
  • Develop a tailored approach specific to policymakers, which highlights the material ESG risks of factory farming and drives policy engagement and response.
  • Analyse the overlap of current capital markets, policy-related initiatives and FAIRR’s issues (i.e., the EU Taxonomy, TCFD reporting, US SEC rules on ESG, EU Biodiversity Strategy, COP26, etc.) and enhance FAIRR’s voice within these discussions.
  • Respond to international policy consultations, if appropriate.
  • Build relationships with critical stakeholders, organisations and allies in national and global policy spaces.
  • Develop and deliver the JCF’s Future of Protein Summit in H1 2021, shaping the overall narrative, providing advice and input on all areas of its core objectives.
  • Advise and prioritise possible policy considerations across the JCF’s strategic pillars, including, but not limited to, its interests in FAIRR, education, pensions and The Elders.
  • Proactively identify how government legislation in key geographies will impact the mission of the JCF’s strategic pillars and develop an appropriate strategic response.
  • Develop and advocate for a policy agenda that furthers the JCF’s goal of ending factory farming.

Required competencies

Knowledge and Experience
  • Extensive knowledge of the policy landscape and a strong network across all areas of government, with regulatory bodies and additional relevant parties.
  • A proven track record of contributing to policy change across sustainability, finance or related fields. Previous experience working with investors is advantageous.
  • An understanding of capital markets systems, ESG, fiduciary duty, and institutional investor engagement in policy-related issues is essential.
  • A detailed understanding/interest in international food system policy and relevant networks amongst key stakeholders is desirable.
  • Able to develop detailed policy positions, as well as broader strategies.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to think strategically and synthesise diverse information sources.
  • Exemplary project management and organisational skills, with attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience of writing concisely and credibly.
  • Strong presentation skills (Note that the applicant will be required to represent the JCF with key stakeholders both internally and externally).
 Personal Qualities and Attitudes
  • A demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances, organise and prioritise deliverables, and maintain meticulous attention to detail.
  • A drive to achieve concrete results, prioritising and ensuring delivery while facing competing priorities in a complex working environment.
  • A self-starter with a willingness to take on projects outside of the core remit.

How to apply

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line, Job Application: Policy Director. Make sure to include a CV (no longer than two sides) and a one-page cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis and virtual interviews will be held from the week commencing Monday, 18 October 2020. Please note that we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates.

As part of the application process, you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your right to work in the UK.