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Senior Policy Officer


Public Affairs and Policy Manager


Policy Assistant


This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in supporting the policy work of Sport Wales.

In this role you will contribute to a programme of work that informs policy development, improves investment decisions, and promotes the case for sport across a range of Government and other policy agendas.

You will support the development and understanding of policy positions and communicate them to internal and external stakeholders. You will also work closely with the Policy and Public Affairs manager in supporting the Public Affairs work for the organisation. 

You will develop relationships across the organisation, understanding how sport can contribute to the wider policy perspective in Wales. As part of the role you will support the communication of Sport Wales’s work, reflecting what the organisation and its partners have done, has learnt, and plans to do, to maximize the way sport and physical activity is utilised in a policy setting. As part of the Policy, Public Affairs and Insight team you will also work with colleagues in the team to ensure that the research conducted and collated by Sport Wales underpins the policy decision of Welsh Government and our partners.

You will be a point of contact for government enquires and will enhance the Sport Wales approach to not only sharing information about the work of the sport sector, but in advocating for it in a strategic and purposeful way.


  • Work with a range of colleagues throughout the organisation to understand and advocate sport policy, ensuring all work develops in a complementary way.
  • Promote sport policy though political engagement, such as in consultation responses and Government briefings. 
  • Work closely with the Senior Insight Leads and the Policy and Public Affairs Manager to ensure sport policy is complementary of insight, and insight informs Government communication. 
  • Respond to government and political (MSs/MPs/local authorities) policy queries.
  • Support the delivery and the public affairs advocacy of the School Sport Survey.
  • Contribute to the development of policy positions through cross-organisational and cross-sector relationships, understand the way ongoing work within the sport sector and beyond can shape and be influenced by Sport Wales policy.
  • Line manage the work of the policy assistant. 
  • Working with the communications team to develop opportunities to link policy, case studies and insight with wider campaign approaches.
  • Fulfil responsibilities which contribute to delivering an exemplary service for Sport Wales in respect of our statutory duties, including Well-being of Future Generations (Wales), Equality, Information Security, Risk Management, Safeguarding, Financial Regulation and Health, Safety & Environment.
  • Work flexibly, performing any other duties as required, where relevant to the post and appropriate to the grade.



Our approach to enabling sport in Wales to thrive is evolving. We are committed to continually challenging ourselves to: 

Learn Together - Constantly exploring, testing and reviewing

Deliver Together - Sharing outcomes, nurturing open and honest relationships, providing robust feedback, constantly improving performance

Celebrate Together - Recognising our shared successes through effective partners


Acting with Integrity - Understanding and Respecting each other’s culture and values. Promoting equality and diversity

Adding Value - Ensuring the optimum mix of support, challenge, investment, skills, and expertise to achieve our shared outcomes.

Encouraging Innovation - Welcoming new ideas and approaches and supporting ambition and fresh thinking.  Not being afraid to feel uncomfortable.


Area of focusEssential RequirementsDesirable Requirements



Degree or equivalent experiencePost graduate qualification in policy/public affairs



Knowledge of, and ability to influence, relevant public policy in Wales.


Good knowledge of central, devolved, and local Government Structures in Wales.

Experience communicating policy positions to a range of audiences. 

Ability to convey research and policy into concise briefings.


Experience of policy development and advocacy.

Knowledge of the Sport Wales strategy and approach.

Skills, Aptitudes & Abilities

Able to challenge consensus in a constructive and honest way.


Ability to translate complex and detailed research, evidence and policy into easily understood positions.


Ability to build relationships with a range of different stakeholders.


An ability to show objectivity and professionalism across a range of political positions in line with working in the public sector. 


Ability to create a good and positive working environment and deal effectively with issues and problems.


Ability to communicate in Welsh, both written and spoken.


Special Circumstances

Able to work flexibly including out of normal office hours and participate in on call rotas.


Able to travel as required.