£50,000 - £65,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This role would suit someone with a background in areas such as research, policy, or strategy, with demonstrable experience in using high quality research to craft compelling narratives and comfortable in being a thought-leader to influence the sector. 



The cause


New Local is a think tank and network of councils and other organisations working to energise local government and improve public services. At the heart of our work is ‘community power’ - the belief that people should be given the means to transform the places where they live and the services they use. We believe this is key to sustainable, fairer public services and a better society for all. 


We publish research on community power. We campaign for change. And we work directly with public and voluntary sector bodies to help them hand more power and resource over to communities.


The role 


New Local produces high quality research and policy outputs to effectively drive and lobby for change. As New Local looks to expand its influence in a range of areas, we have created the new role of Head to take the lead on thematic research workstreams that are important to our mission and objectives. You will join New Local’s policy and research team reporting to the Director of Policy and Research and will play an important leadership role in leading/undertaking/sharing our work, developing colleagues, and setting team and organisational strategy.

The role will require both a highly analytical and entrepreneurial mindset applied within a strong social purpose / change context.


Your job will include: 


  • Leading big projects: to lead on and produce excellent, impactful thematic research contributing to our flagship research programme, which is focussed on developing and embedding community power in policy and practice. 
  • Deploying mixed methods research skills: to design, manage, and help conduct a range of research activities deploying varied research methodologies in both primary and secondary analysis including literature and policy reviews, interviews, surveys and other background research to support high-quality analysis.
  • Creating partnerships and driving revenue: to be entrepreneurially minded and initiate research opportunities that create new partnerships and opportunities for additional revenue.
  • Deploying your extensive subject network: to use and engage your extensive network of research and policy experts to drive forward our mission and objectives.
  • Influencing through thought-leadership: to proactively and confidently write articles and share findings on social media to ensure your profile is impactful and New Local’s reach is broad.
  • Utilising your external profile: to confidently represent the organisation as an ambassador at external events and to present research to a range of stakeholders, including central government, the public sector, local government and the wider public policy community.
  • Workshop facilitation: to be a lead research representative in supporting our role as a network convenor, which includes facilitating workshops and other ad hoc activity to support peer learning and practice sharing.
  • Team leadership role: to work with the Director of Policy and Research to foster a collaborative and open culture within the team and wider organisation as well as contribute to setting wider research strategy. 



Location:  New Local operates a highly flexible approach to work location and welcomes applications from across the UK.


Our ideal candidate will be: 


  • An articulate and knowledgeable connector, who has the understanding and confidence to build relationships at senior levels and deliver impactful, practical change. 
  • Strongly entrepreneurial, someone who is committed to business development and able to generate revenues. 
  • An excellent communicator, who can write and speak clearly about compelling ideas for change.
  • Someone with the ability to prioritise, who is comfortable within an environment of autonomous working and competing demands. 
  • Driven by achieving positive change, both through our policy and research work and New Local’s broader political and societal goals. 
  • A friendly and supportive colleague able to work in a highly creative and collaborative environment that encourages excellence from all members of the team. 



The organisation


New Local was founded in 1996 as the New Local Government Network. It relaunched as New Local in October 2020. There is currently a team of 15 staff working on practice, research, communications, influencing and peer-learning with our network of over seventy councils and other partner organisations.  


In addition to the advertised salary, we offer: 


  • A minimum of 27 days’ holiday a year and ten days holiday over Christmas/New Year
  • Highly flexible working and work location arrangements 
  • Regular training opportunities 
  • A number of other benefits listed in the job description.



For further details of the role and benefits on offer, please refer to the attachments.  Full information about the role including the Head (Policy & Research) Job Description and Person Specification can also be found on the jobs page of the New Local website.

More about New Local

New Local (formerly New Local Government Network) is a think tank and network working to energise local government, improve public services and... Read more

Refreshed on: 10 June 2022
Closed date: 23 June 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Policy/Research, Business Development

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