Policy Officer - Ref: E9p

Grade K – Salary £36,316 - Part-time (pro-rata) | Full-time 37 hours / Part-time 30 hours per week | Closing date – 04 July 2021 | Both posts are to cover maternity leave and are therefore fixed term for up to one year. | Based in Leeds City Centre, currently working from home full time, but potential to work to a blended flexible arrangement in the future.

Policy Officer x 2 Re: PSC/E9p

Grade K - £36,316 pa - Part-time (pro-rata) 
Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)
Fixed-Term (up to 12 months maternity cover)
Closing date - 04 July 2021

We are seeking two exceptional individuals to join us and contribute to the economic and social improvement of West Yorkshire.

If you are keen to develop a career in public policy forging better futures for millions of people this is the opportunity for you.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority, following the announcement of a £1.8bn devolution deal that has been secured for West Yorkshire and the arrival of the new West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin.

Devolution will enable us to drive up living standards for local communities while tackling the climate emergency and help deliver our commitment to become a net zero carbon city region by 2038.  Developing bold policies and strategies to drive the economy forward and support individuals has never been so important.

The Combined Authority brings together the five West Yorkshire local authorities with businesses via the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to ensure that our work meets the needs of the people and businesses in the region and we can achieve our vision to be globally recognised as a place with a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives supported by a superb environment and world-class infrastructure.


The Role


The skills and experience of our policy team reflects the Combined Authority’s broad and diverse policy agenda, with most colleagues having a specialism in one or more of these topics or a passion for strategy.  Current specialisms we are seeking to cover are across housing policy areas. What’s vital though is a willingness and ability to work flexibly across policy areas to ensure we join up across our strategic objectives and deliver on our priorities.

We are looking to appoint two full time policy officers to cover the maternity leave of the current post holders for one year. You will work with senior policy managers across a range of functional areas, particularly focussing on:

  • Shaping and further developing the Strategic Economic Framework for the region.
  • Shaping strategy and an overarching West Yorkshire Narrative.
  • Shaping the region’s approach to public and private sector reform including shaping ideas for future devolution.
  • Developing with the Mayor and other strategic partners the next ambitious integrated Housing Strategy for the region
  • Supporting the development of a pipeline of programmes.
  • Developing ideas and projects to make labour markets more inclusive and drive business and productivity growth across the economy.

Identifying and leading thinking to be at the forefront of changes in areas such as energy, environment, digital, innovation, active travel, health and housing


Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

You will be educated to degree level and/or have direct and demonstrable experience in using evidence to develop and drive strategic public policy and strategy, with a clear ability to apply this to this role. Direct experience in developing or advising on public policy in one or more of the Combined Authority’s policy and strategy functional areas as set out above is essential.

Experience of strategic housing would also be advantageous for one of the roles. However, you will also have a willingness to work flexibly across our full policy agenda. 

For more information about the work of West Yorkshire Combined Authority please visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk








Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on 04 July 2021

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

If you would like to discuss these roles, after reading the role profile please contact:

Judith Furlonger, Head of Housing  Judith.furlonger@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Emma Longbottom, Head of Policy and Strategy Coordination – emma.longbottom@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.