Benefits: various opportunities for flexible working, generous time off policies, and other sector-competitive benefits.
Forum for the Future is looking for a Principal Change Designer based in the UK to bring their expertise to shaping and driving how Forum contributes to transformational change in food systems especially, but not exclusively, in the shift towards regenerative agriculture / agroecology. This role will involve conceptualising, designing and fundraising for work programmes with a strong focus on strategy development and collaboration; project direction and management; and nurturing relationships with others within the wider food ecosystem, to enable Forum to achieve its goals.
You will be someone who will thrive in and contribute to Forum through their shared belief in our purpose and values. They will bring their expertise, experiences, skills and commitment to tackling complex sustainability challenges and inspiring and equipping people and organisations to shape ambitious transformation.
To thrive in this role you will:
Have extensive relevant experience in applied food system transformation with demonstrable end impact, ideally with expertise in regenerative agriculture / agroecology;
Strong understanding of diversity of food system actors and perspectives, as well as business and corporate leadership;
Be adaptable and resilient in the face of complexity, emergence and uncertainty that we often work with;
Strong facilitation and process design skills;
Strong trusted stakeholder relationships and networks in the food system transformation ecosystem;
Be passionate about systemic approaches to transforming food systems, a capacity to think systemically, and familiarity with applied systems change methodologies - which might include system mapping, design thinking, strategic futures methodologies e.g. social innovation, collaboration, transition theory, etc.;
Have strong programme management and delivery capabilities, including financial management.
You enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from others. Your preferred ways of working are embodied by Forum’s values (being courageous, adaptive, empathetic, inquisitive, playful and respectful).
Forum for the Future works in a space of complexity where there are no easy answers – you will be comfortable with uncertainty and be able to hold space for exploration. Resilience is a key personal attribute that is necessary to the role.
About Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For 25 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the transformation toward a just and regenerative future. We use our systems change and futures expertise to help tackle critical global challenges: the climate emergency, transforming our food and farming systems, and ensuring supply chains are more resilient and more equitable. We also enable long-term, transformative change by equipping individuals and organisations to act more systemically. You can read more about our work here.
About the team
This post sits within the UK & Europe team and supports our 1-2-1 transformational strategy work, our multi-stakeholder collaborations, and equipping partners with systems change skills to help navigate change. We operate a matrix structure, so the post will work across this, including possibly with other Forum teams internationally.
Within our 1-2-1 transformational strategy work we help ambitious organisations to understand the opportunities, and then how to unlock them. As a non-profit, we offer a distinctive approach to strategy development: Leveraging our role as a trusted ‘critical friend’ and deploying our strengths in applied futures and systems thinking to navigate complex sustainable development challenges. At Forum, we have a long track record of partnering with pioneering organisations to understand the sustainability challenges they face, their root causes, and their implications. As a result, we advise on a strategy that has truly systemic potential.
One thing we've learned over the years is that complex, interconnected challenges like poverty, water scarcity and climate change must be tackled systemically – and that's only possible when the 'unusual suspects' work together to solve common problems. As a convener, dialogue instigator and guide to practical solutions, we identify and assemble multi-stakeholder collaborations from right across the value chain and develop focus areas where they can collaborate to transform not only their own operations, but entire systems.
We equip people with systems change practices through our projects, partnerships, and Network, and the School of System Change. We are building a future that’s better for everyone, not just the few – and we do that by increasing people’s capacity to create change within their organisations, their communities and their lives.
Our work environment
We believe in being courageous, adaptive, inquisitive, respectful, empathetic and playful. You can read more about our organisational values here. These values help build our common culture, shape our shared purpose and guide us in all actions and decisions. We are inspired by the world in which we live and those with whom we share it and seek to act justly in all we do.
We enjoy working in teams, collaborating, and learning from each other. We are a dynamic, flexible and supportive team of people who care about each other’s wellbeing and the world around us.
At Forum, we aspire to foster positive team spirit and to provide the best possible working environment for all our staff; one that is based on the highest standards of ethics, honesty, integrity, openness and transparency.
We are an inclusive organisation that encourages applications from across our diverse communities. We’re committed to building a team of capable and thriving people from all walks of life.
If this role interests and excites you, we would love to hear from you. Where you do not meet all of the requirements outlined in the job description, but still believe you have the right mix of skills and experience to thrive in this role and further Forum’s ambitious goals for change, we encourage you to apply.
In return, we offer a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of systems thinking and change making. We work as a close knit, dynamic, and supportive team. We offer various opportunities for flexible working to help you manage your work life balance.
Together we can reinvent the way the world works.
Application process – please read before applying
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Application deadline is 11.59 pm BST, 5 July 2021
All Forum employees are currently working remotely; once the offices re-open, we will return to working from our London,UK office.
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