Passion collaboration
Achievement focussed
Demand quality

External Affairs Manager

Location London
Salary £42,863- £47,578 per annum dependent on experience
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

As part of our new five-year strategy, Youth Without Limits, we want to ensure the DofE is relevant, engaging and inspiring for young people. We’ll do that by using our voice to influence debate and decisions on issues that affect young people’s life chances and wellbeing – particularly around education, employment opportunities and mental health. In this newly created role, the External Affairs Manager will help us build our approach and network in these areas. Your work will also include elements of policy, advocacy and communications.

We’re looking for someone with proven experience in external affairs, but broader skills are important too; in particular, a keen political awareness, a strong news sense and the ability to pick up a brief quickly. You’ll be a compelling writer, contributing to speeches and opinion pieces, including for our CEO. We’re a small organisation – so you’ll need to be versatile and hard-working; both self-starter and a team-player. Crucially, you must be a champion and enabler of young people - working with them to contribute to our influencing work and have their voices heard.


For the right candidate, this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the next phase of our journey as a charity, and to make a positive difference to the lives of young people. If that appeals, we’d love to hear from you.

We offer excellent staff benefits including a competitive salary, generous pension contribution, flexible working and an employee assistance programme.

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Basic DBS check.

If you would like to access the application form in a different format or if would like any assistance that might help improve your experience while completing the application, please contact us by email

Closing Date:  18th October 2021 Noon

First Interviews:  W/C 1 November 2021

Final Interviews:  Thursday 11th November 2021

The DofE charity works with organisations across the UK to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life.

I am empowering

I trust my colleagues, I create opportunities for others, I learn and develop, I am positive and solutions focused, I learn from my experience, and that of others, and I celebrate achievement in all its forms.

I am inclusive

I am a team player and collaborate with others to find the best solutions, I am friendly and approachable, I value diverse perspectives and actively seek to understand and act on the insights and lived experiences of others.

I have integrity

I do what I say I will, I am tenacious about maintaining high standards and am always looking for ways to make things better, I willingly take on responsibility and I stand up for what I believe to be right.

I am dynamic

The needs of young people are central to my decision making, I am optimistic, enthusiastic and open to new ideas, I'm agile in my approach and I make working and volunteering with DofE a fun experience.

Welcome to the DofE! I am delighted that you are interested in working for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is many things to many people, but one thing is for sure – for generations we have been helping young people to explore who they are, invest in themselves and develop the skills and experience they need to successfully navigate adult life.

Any young person can do their DofE– regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity, background or geography. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition and it’s not about being first. It’s all about expanding your horizons, setting personal challenges and pushing yourself to achieve them.

It is our ambition to grow our reach so any young person in the UK can access a DofE programme. We are also focused on engaging those young people who face greater disadvantage as our impact research shows that these young people have most to gain from a DofE experience.

I am particularly excited about our work to reach more young people in young offenders’ institutions, those experiencing social and economic exclusion, and those with disabilities as we know, for them, DofE can be life-changing.

If you are passionate about helping us to build meaningful partnerships with a wide range of organisations to help young people thrive in a rapidly changing world we’d love to hear from you. Thank you for your interest in the DofE. I hope after reading this pack you consider joining us.

DofE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive staff team and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, develop, promote and value people without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age. 

In order to meet the changing needs and aspirations of the most diverse generation of young adults ever, our staff need a range of perspectives, skills, and lived experience. 

While we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds to join our passionate and friendly team, at present people of colour, disabled people, and people under 25 are not as well represented as we would like. As such we particularly encourage applicants from these backgrounds.

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