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Head of Public Affairs

Teach First


Posted over 30 days ago...


Shape the future of education with Teach First as the Head of Public Affairs and drive impactful political campaigns for equitable learning.


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London, UK

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In-person- London United Kingdom

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Expires at anytime

Teach First is a pioneering organization on a mission to provide a fair education for every child, making strides towards a more equitable future each day. We are at an exciting juncture, especially with the upcoming General Election, and we’re searching for a passionate Head of Public Affairs to lead us through this critical period.

Role Summary:

  • Lead the development and execution of public affairs strategies.
  • Build bipartisan support and enhance Teach First's reputation.
  • Aim for policy change to promote fair education.

Role Requirements:

  • A commitment to Teach First’s mission.
  • Experience in high-profile political campaigns and public affairs.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills.
  • Outstanding communication abilities and political acumen.
  • Sharp analytical skills and a track record of cross-audience campaign success.


  • 27 days holiday plus additional benefits.
  • Participation in pension scheme with employer contributions.
  • Life assurance, income protection, and private healthcare.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as dental membership, health screening, and discounted gym membership.

Candidates will be updated on their application status within 10 working days post the closing date. Please note that a DBS background check is a necessary part of the process. This role is UK-based, and the right to work in the UK is a requisite.

Teach First is committed to building a fair education for all, unlocking the potential in all children – not just some. Our work takes us closer to a better future every day, but we need to do more. It’s a big challenge – and we need your help to take it on.

As Head of Public Affairs, you will lead public affairs strategy and delivery ahead of the General Election. You’ll do this to build cross political party support for Teach First, grow our reputation and achieve policy change.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate a commitment to Teach First’s mission of delivering a fair education for every child. The ideal candidate will have led high-profile political campaigns and public affairs strategies that achieve results. You should be a great line manager and excellent project manager, who knows how to develop and motivate a thriving team, whilst keeping stakeholders engaged in fast paced projects. Outstanding political instincts and the ability to communicate complex information quickly and clearly are essential. Sharp analytical skills and experience delivering cross-audience campaigns are also required.

Teach First’s core benefits include 27 days holiday per annum (3 of which must be taken during the holiday shutdown period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day), participation in the pension scheme via Salary Exchange (with an employer contribution of up to 6%), life assurance, income protection and private healthcare. Through our flexible benefits platform access to subsidised dental membership, health screening, discounted gym membership, travel insurance, Give As You Earn and the option to buy annual leave.

We aim to update candidates if we’ll take their application forward within 10 working days of the closing date. We will not review any applications received after the closing date. All roles require that the successful applicant and Teach First make a joint application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a background check.

This role is based within the UK. Teach First has a responsibility to ensure that every employee has the legal right to work in the UK. Every employee is required to supply the appropriate documents to prove that they have the right to work in the UK before and where applicable throughout their employment with Teach First.


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