Director of Strategic Insight and Partnerships


up to £80k • London-based with homeworking option

This role brings together two strong and established teams – Development and Policy & Public Affairs – as well as our new investment into building Research and Strategic Alliances. You’ll make a significant contribution to the delivery of our theory of change, so you must be comfortable working at the highest strategic level in a complex and highly scrutinised organisation (and third or voluntary sector experience would be a definite advantage). As a member of our Senior Leadership Team, you’ll work closely with the CEO and colleagues on the most fundamental aspects of how we develop and implement our future strategy.

Building the function (including devising workplans, setting budgets, identifying priorities and making key senior appointments to your team) will be an early task. Some experience of planning and delivering programmes of research with partners such as universities or think tanks will be an asset; and you will ideally have a sophisticated understanding of how to build alliances, gain knowledge and apply insight to enhance our influence on policy and practice across the sector. You will understand the importance of close liaison with commissioners, continually refining our service offer to ensure that we’re able to help as many people as possible. And you will probably have worked with other civic partners (such as police and social landlords) to maximise joined-up impact at the local level.

Credible, fluent in key concepts and with an excellent network of relevant contacts, you will welcome the chance to make a bigger difference on a national stage. You will be ready to take up a more public and external facing role, taking everything from media interviews and parliamentary committees to meetings with local volunteer networks in your stride. For a large organisation, with an absolute commitment to values and governance, we’re surprisingly agile and good at making quick decisions; you’ll relish a working culture which empowers you to get on with things, but where colleagues are always on hand to sense-check or offer nuanced perspectives on complex issues.

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