Research and Policy Director, Part time 3 days per week
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- Contract Type
- Contract - interim/fixed term
Pro Bono Economics (PBE) is a charity that uses economics to empower the social sector and to increase wellbeing across the UK.
We combine project work with individual charities and social enterprises with policy research that can drive systemic change. By developing new insights into the potential of civil society, we want to play an enhanced role in helping shape the policy debate in the UK through a programme of public events, media engagement and contact with different layers of government.
About the role
At the end of 2020, PBE launched the Law Family Commission on Civil Society (www.civilsocietycommission.org) – a major two-year research and policy programme working with high-profile leaders from the public, private and social sectors to explore the value of civil society and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 2020s. With a substantial and exciting work plan to deliver, we are now expanding our senior management capacity by bringing in a second Research & Policy Director to work on a part-time basis.
In this role you will be working closely with Chief Executive and another Research & Policy Director, already in post.
Post type: Part-time (3 days a week), fixed-term (24 months). Flexible arrangements will be considered, and we welcome people applying on secondment
Reports to: Chief Executive
Main duties & tasks:
- Direct a substantial and high-profile research programme that shines a light on the value of civil society and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the 2020s.
- Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to the highest standards, and disseminate findings through written reports, media articles, blogs, presentations and social media.
- Manage a rich network of stakeholders in the social sector, government, the private sector, and academia to support and inform PBE’s research programme.
- Commission work from external partners when appropriate, identifying opportunities for collaboration and managing ongoing relationships.
- Propose, design and test policy solutions objectively and in association with others in order to further PBE’s aims of using economics to support social change.
- Represent PBE at public events and conferences, including PBE’s own public events series.
- Manage a team of research and policy analysts.
- Work with the Director of Services and the Chief Economist to support PBE’s project work with individual charities, in particular by establishing and managing the organisation’s access to ONS microdata.
- Any other duties as deemed reasonable by the line manager.
The Director will be an experienced and exceptional research and policy professional who will be jointly responsible for directing all elements of PBE’s research agenda, including the Law Family Commission on Civil Society. This will include designing, delivering and disseminating their own research content, commissioning support from external partners and managing a team of research and policy analysts. The Director will also have a key role to play in helping build PBE’s networks and profile in the social sector, academia, government and the media.
Ideal characteristics include:
- Strong experience working in research and policy development
- Strong track record of project and people management.
- Extensive experience of developing a research strategy and designing, managing and delivering a programme of high-quality research projects.
- A proven and extensive track record in original research or policy, with a first-rate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research techniques and evidence-based policy development.
- A proven track record of influencing policy change at the higher levels of national and local government, and a demonstrable knowledge of the public policy issues relating to civil society.
- Experience of line management, including motivating others collectively and individually, overseeing career development and delegating and coordinating work effectively.
- Proven writing and presentational skills in a range of contexts and to a range of audiences, including published reports and press articles.
- A well-established network among the UK’s analytical and policy communities, alongside a proven ability to commission and monitor external projects.
- Proven experience of managing budgets.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly as part of a small team in a fast-moving environment.
- A commitment to PBE’s focus on using economics to drive wellbeing improvements in the UK.
Desirable characteristics include:
- Formal training in econometrics/statistical analysis, including use of statistical software packages.
- A deep knowledge of the key government and administrative datasets relating to wellbeing, living standards and civil society in the UK.
- Broadcast media experience.
For further information and to submit your application please click 'Apply'.
PBE is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity