Flexible location with an expectation of travel to our London offices up to 4 days a month (currently based in SE1)
The role of Assistant Director for Research provides an exciting opportunity to provide strategic leadership on all research matters in The Salvation Army (TSA) across the UK and Ireland, ensuring that research priorities for the territory are aligned with the key Mission Priorities agreed by TSA Board.
The Assistant Director for Research is a key member of the Research & Development Unit (RDU), which seeks to inform, inspire and enable transformational front-line mission - including work with people experiencing homelessness, children and families and people affected by modern slavery, as well as church-based community work, evangelism, congregational life and discipleship. The post-holder will be responsible for ensuring a collaborative organisational understanding of research, be responsible for significant internal agendas like Knowledge Management and Impact Measurement and furthermore be part of an RDU directorate that seeks to develop strategic research university partnerships to promote evidence-based mission.
In addition to this the successful candidate will be responsible for:
- As Chair of The Research Coordinating Council (RCC), you will ensure that research priorities are aligned with the key mission priorities and be responsible for the Research Strategy and Research Action Plan
- Leading and inspiring the research team to achieve high level performance.
- Building key relationships and alliances with both internal and external stakeholders for strategic research priorities which will specifically include the growing agenda of collaborative University Partnerships.
The successful candidate(s) will be able to demonstrate:
- A personal commitment to Christ and to the worship and spiritual life of a local church with experience or an interest in the field of church life, social and community work
- A proven track record of utilising strong interpersonal and relational skills to lead a successful research team
- The ability to understand The Salvation Army’s mission and congregational life, and the quantitative and qualitative data collected.
- Proven strong analytical and project management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret stakeholders’ business needs and translate them into application and operational requirements
- Experience of delivering an excellent service - providing the best quality and responsive service to external and internal stakeholders.
- A proven track record of excellent communication, with high-quality Board Reports and outstanding presentation skills and verbal delivery.
- A research-based PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject
- Evidence of publication in high quality academic/professional journals
This role has an occupational requirement that the successful candidate must be a committed and practising Christian and will be in sympathy with the doctrines of, and supportive of, the purposes and the aims and objectives of The Salvation Army.
Benefits: 25 days annual leave + bank holidays; a contributory pension scheme; season ticket loan and an employee assistance programme.
Appointment subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS Check will be required.
Closing date: 12 April 2021. Interviews: 23 April 2021.
CVs will not be accepted
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