Home-based
£55000 - £60000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

After two years of incubation at the RSA, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission has now become an independent charitable organisation.

The charity is shifting gear from generating ideas and recommendations to supporting practical actions and real change. It is focussing wholeheartedly on its core mission of connecting food, farming, countryside and the public's health for a just transition to a greener, fairer economy in response to climate and nature, public health, and now Covid-19 emergencies. Providing practical, evidence led recommendations, FFCC will be working to help create a more sustainable and fairer economy for everyone. It is now looking for new team members who are also committed to its mission and purpose, with a fierce optimism that what we all do matters and who want to help grow the movement for change. FFCC is a national organisation with a commitment to offering and developing modern and adaptable working practices. They welcome applicants from anywhere in the UK and will be happy to explore flexible and work from home arrangements which meet the needs of its work.

We are delighted to be working with FFCC to recruit a Deputy Director to join its growing team at this vital and exciting time for the charity.

This vital role will involve working very closely with the CEO and wider team to help the charity achieve its goals, to deputise in the CEO's absence and to develop the evidence led, pragmatic approach in support of the charity's ambitious agenda for change. This will include assisting the day to day running of the charity, developing research and policy strategies, advising on systems change, mobilising networks and deepening stakeholder engagement. Ensuring the charity, its commissioners and stakeholders are kept updated on key policy issues, this role will also be responsible for keeping abreast of developments in national and local government policy in this rapidly changing landscape.

The successful candidate will be mission-led and will have a proven track record in leading teams and policy development ideally in one or more of our core areas of food, sustainable farming, environmental or countryside development sectors. Pragmatic, creative and intellectually curious, this person will have worked at pace in fast moving environments, managing multiple projects and will have lead on policy driven, evidence based programmes of change. They will have a track-record of raising the game in creating public awareness of complex issues and mobilising national networks to achieve ambitious goals. This person will speak with credibility to leaders in business, government and wider rural and urban audiences and will reflect the collaborative, outcomes driven and generous approach of FFCC. Familiar with all modern research methodologies, this person will understand the challenge of turning policy into practice and theories into action and will understand the importance of Action Research in providing solid and practical recommendations for systems change.

FFCC is proud to be a charity committed to its purpose, optimistic that what we do helps towards creating sustainable change through excellent research and analysis, bringing together diverse perspectives and facilitating new ways of working. The successful candidate will possess the passion and drive to make this happen.


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Posted on: 15 May 2020
Closed date: 04 June 2020
Job ref: HQ00177447
Tags: Policy/Research, Senior Management