Policy Engagement Manager (5 year FTC)

Are you an experienced Policy Manager, Programme Manager or Research Engagement specialist looking for your next challenge?

Do you want to work for an exciting social change organisation with the mission of enabling people, places and the planet to flourish?

The RSA and Newcastle University are partnering to host the UK’s Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre. We share a mission to understand the economic, social and regenerative impact of the Creative Industries and to explore how policy and evidence can help shape creative clusters.

 The Opportunity   

We’re looking for a Policy Engagement Manager to help us achieve real impact by influencing national and local policy makers, creative industry employers and sector bodies to adopt evidence-informed policies and contribute to research outcomes for the benefit of the wider sector.

This role is part of the Policy Unit in the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence CentreThis role is based in Newcastle University with hybrid flexible working, expected 2-3 days in office.

 The Role 

What we look for in a successful Policy Engagement Manager candidate:  

  • Policy Development 
  • Communication of ideas, policy and research   
  • Leadership and Alliance Building 

To find out more about this role, please download our job description here.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role before applying, please contact [email protected] (Head of Policy, Creative PEC).


In order to apply, please click ‘apply for this job’ on our recruitment page and submit your CV. You will also be required to answer a series of questions. You do not need to submit a cover letter.  

Please submit your application through the RSA website. We cannot accept applications via email. All applications will receive an automated response.  

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 am on Monday 25 September 2023. However, screening and interviews will be ongoing, so we may close the vacancy early if sufficient exceptional candidates apply.  Please get your application in as soon as possible. 

Please note that we cannot accept late, incomplete applications, and we can only consider candidates who apply through the online application process. 

Inclusion Statement

As a social change organisation, we believe everyone, regardless of visible or invisible difference, should be welcomed to participate in creating a better future.   

We aspire to maximum inclusion in our work and endeavour to challenge systemic inequity and all forms of discrimination.  We therefore welcome applications from everybody who is committed to our vision and values and can demonstrate the skills, competencies and experience required for the role applied for. 

Read full our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.  

About the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

The Creative PEC provides independent research and policy recommendations for the UK’s creative industries. Funded for the next five years by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), it is joint hosted by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the University of Newcastle. Find out more here.

About Us 

We are the RSA. The royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. Where world-leading ideas are turned into world-changing actions. We’re committed to a world that is resilient, rebalanced and regenerative, where everyone can fulfil their potential.  

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and unique global network of changemakers, work collectively to enable people, places and the planet to flourish.  

We invite you to be part of this change. Join our community. Together, we’ll unite people and ideas in collective action to create opportunities to regenerate our world. 

We offer great benefits, including 29 days holiday (plus bank holidays), additional wellbeing allowance, free fellowship throughout employment and lots more! Read our full list of benefits here