Director of Policy and Communications

We are hiring! Please see the details below about our current vacancy:

In this role, you will be making a difference today. But the real impact of your work will be measured by whether the IRC sector will have reached its potential in 10, 20 and even 50 years’ time – currently, we are busy laying the foundations to redefine the future of housing, care, and support for our ageing population. So, we want your experience, your intelligence, and your enthusiasm for the work we do.
The Director of Policy and Communications is a member of ARCO’s Executive Management Team (EMT) and along with the other members of EMT, sets the strategic direction for ARCO and supports the Board and Steering Group.

In this role, you will lead ARCO’s public affairs and communications function, including achieving ARCO’s strategic goals through building and developing high-level relationships with politicians, officials and other key stakeholders. In addition, the post-holder will develop and direct ARCO’s policy and research strategy.

In 2022, the sector is at a critical juncture in its development: after two years of campaigning, ARCO has managed to persuade the government to launch a Task Force for Older People’s Housing, aimed at significantly expanding housing options for older people. This follows ARCO’s work with dozens of parliamentary supporters, events and research reports. But coordinating ARCO’s work on the task force will require us to be flexible, responsive and to think outside the box when it comes to offering practical solutions to the sector’s challenges and opportunities.

Our sector and work is flexible, and it can be challenging to respond to developments while keeping up with our planned work. That’s why you’ll be highly organised, a problem-solver, a self-starter and definitely a finisher, keeping yourself and ARCO’s policy and communications objectives on track. You will lead this area of our organisation and be able to make a real mark on the future of this sector. But you won’t be on your own – you will work closely with ARCO’s Chief Executive, Finance and Business Manager, and the rest of the Executive Team, our Chair and Vice- Chair and various colleagues within our member organisations, as well as external consultants.

How to apply

Please apply with the following:

  • A concise and precise covering letter (maximum of 1 page) detailing why you are interested in this position and clearly explaining how you meet the person specification.
  • A short CV (maximum of 2 pages), which should clearly outline any relevant experience to date.

Please note that the closing date for applications is at midnight on Sunday 5 June.

Please send your application to

Initial screening will take place during 6-10 June. Candidates progressing to the next round will be asked to complete online assessments in the week commencing 13 June and successful candidates will be invited for an interview/presentation in the week commencing 20 June.

Our preference is for the successful candidate to start as soon as possible, although we are willing to adjust timescales depending on notice periods and availability.

Please note we will not be able to give feedback to every applicant, but we will endeavour to provide feedback to every candidate we invite to interview.


Sunday, 5 June, 2022 - 12:00