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Senior Campaigns Manager

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Closing Date:

Friday 6 March 2020


Salary: c.£40,500

32 days paid annual leave, generous company pension scheme, training & development opportunities

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About the job

The Campaign for Real Ale is offering the right candidate the opportunity to shape and deliver our public affairs and campaigning activity. It’s a great opportunity to manage a team of talented and effective staff and motivate, mobilise and support a nationwide network of almost 200,000 members. The Senior Campaigns Manager will get the opportunity to work with our national key strategic committees, be involved in briefing and advising our Senior Staff Team and National Executive, as well as develop contacts in Westminster and the devolved assemblies. This high-profile role is ideal for a skilled and ambitious campaigning or public affairs professional, looking to develop their management experience and professional network at the highest levels.

Based in the attractive market town of St Albans, the Campaign for Real Ale provides a friendly and flexible working environment, within a short train ride from the centre of London and commutable from much of the South-East and Midlands.

We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, with 32 days holiday, a generous pension scheme, a range of attractive staff benefits and good training and development opportunities.

The Campaign for Real Ale is a not-for-profit, non-party-political, volunteer-led organisation with almost 200,000 members across the UK. We are a consumer organisation, campaigning for the rights of real ale, cider and perry drinkers, and fighting to ensure those consumers continue to have access to a diverse choice of high-quality real ale, cider and perry and a vibrant selection of pubs and clubs, offering choice and value for money.

Job Details

To shape and lead the delivery of CAMRA’s public affairs activity to achieve its campaign objectives of securing greater support for pubs and real ale. The Senior Campaigns Manager will line manage the Campaigns Manager, the Policy and Research Manager and the Campaigns Assistant. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Assess potential legislation, identifying opportunities, developing campaigns, policy positions and public affairs plans for consideration
  • Manage and lead on delivery of all aspects of CAMRA’s public affairs activity aimed at influencing the Westminster Government
  • Manage the campaigns budget, including setting annual budget and developing business plan
  • Ensure that public affairs activities are delivered on time, to budget and to a high standard
  • Support  CAMRA members and branches to assist them in establishing strong relationships with their local elected representatives. This will include the provision of training sessions and written guides.
  • Manage the production of CAMRA’s policy submissions to Government
  • Planning and evaluation of all CAMRA’s public affairs activity
  • Manage production of briefing papers, presentations and reports as required
  • Manage CAMRA’s Parliamentary database
  • Ensure effective parliamentary monitoring
  • Liaise with CAMRA’s Communications team to secure media coverage for our campaigns
  • Represent CAMRA at a wide range of events and meetings including meetings with Ministers, civil servants and MPs
  • Organise occasions, including a full programme of parliamentary events throughout the year and the co-ordination of visits to CAMRA events
  • Support, advise and influence CAMRA’s volunteer committees and senior volunteers, as required
  • Lead and support work undertaken by the Policy and Research Manager, including work to influence local government
  • Lead and support the Campaigns Manager, including their work to influence the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Governments and the European Union
  • Deputise for the Chief Campaigns Officer as required
  • Engage with senior stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • Ensuring synergy between campaigning and commercial activity so that campaign objectives are reflected in CAMRA’s membership, trading and events activity.
  • Undertake additional campaign related activity, as necessary


Person Specification


  • Demonstrable interest in campaigning
  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent experience in a related discipline ideally including a focus on British politics
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of how Government works both in Westminster and the Devolved Governments
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of legislative processes and how these can be utilised to support campaigns
  • Substantial relevant paid work experience in a campaigning, public affairs, political or parliamentary environment
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Experience of leading or being part of a campaign whether paid or unpaid
  • Experience of organising events
  • Aptitude for producing accurate and high quality online and offline communications, campaigning material and briefings
  • Highly articulate with excellent literacy skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret legislation and produce briefings on the legislative impact
  • Experience of line management and motivating team members


  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Research experience
  • Passion for community pubs and real ale
  • Understanding of how local Government works


This role will require regular attendance at meetings and out-of-hours events in the evenings and occasionally at weekends for which there will be time off in lieu given. 

To apply please read the full job profile and email a covering letter, giving details of your suitability for the role based on the job criteria, along with a CV detailing demonstrable experience relating to the role. Applications should be sent to:

If you’d like to discuss the role further please email CAMRA’s chief executive at

Important: We are an equal opportunities employer and carry out “blind” shortlisting of candidates. In order to help us achieve this, please supply covering letters and CVs in a common editable format, such as Word or Open Office, so staff can remove references to age, gender, ethnicity or other identifiable characteristics, before passing on to our shortlisting panel.

Closing date for applications: Friday 6 March