Birmingham, West Midlands
London, Greater London
Salary circa £35,000 per annum (inner London weighting £3,299 per annum (pro rata) or outer London weighting £1,755 per annum (pro rata) may also be applied in accordance to where you live)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Research and Influencing Involvement Lead


In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people’s lives.  We are recruiting a Research and Influencing Involvement Lead who will lead the development and implementation of our approach to involvement in the work of the Systems Engagement team, with a particular focus on research and influencing. If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!


Position: Research and Influencing Involvement Lead

Location: Homebased, U.K nationwide

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: Salary circa £35,000 per annum (inner London weighting £3,299 per annum (pro rata) or outer London weighting £1,755 per annum (pro rata) may also be applied in accordance to where you live)

Contract: Permanent


Benefits: 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (this will increase with service up to 30 days, full time equivalent) cashback and discount scheme, employee assistance programme, learning and development, pension scheme, Life Assurance, Eye Care vouchers, Long Service Award, Tax-free childcare, Health Cash Plan, Working Pattern Agreement, flexible working opportunities available.


Closing Date: 9 August 2021

Interview Date: 20 August 2021


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews may be held via video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges when you email your application


The Role

The Research and Influencing Involvement Lead will be responsible for managing the involvement of people with lived experience of stroke in research, and for further developing and improving this activity. This role ensures that the Stroke Association funded research has people affected by stroke at its heart. The role will also support the wider Systems Engagement team to involve people with lived experience in our policy, influencing and systems partnership work, including in our policy development, parliamentary engagement and national and local campaigns activity.


The Research and Influencing Involvement Lead, will support work to improve involvement across the organisation, to ensure our vision for the expertise of people affected by stroke to shape our decisions at the Stroke Association and the wider stroke agenda is achieved. The role will work with colleagues across the organisation to raise awareness of research, our research portfolio, and involvement.


About You

As Research and Influencing Involvement Lead you will have experience and knowledge of:

  • Using technology and IT systems
  • Maintaining databases and record keeping
  • Involvement and engagement in research
  • Managing range of different stakeholders, including colleagues from different teams, researchers and volunteers
  • Research grant funding
  • Developing and facilitating collaboration, effective networking skills and the ability to use negotiating and influencing skills effectively
  • Supporting involvement in government, health, or social care policy


This is an exciting time to join the Stroke Association.  If you think you have the skills and aptitude for the role, we would love to hear from you.


To fulfil the requirements of the role you must abide and have the right to work in the U.K.


We’re working to improve the diversity of our team.  Because we know that individuality leads to a richer experience for our people and better support for those affected by stroke. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. And we’re particularly looking to increase the number of applications from those with lived experience of stroke and those from under-represented communities. 


You will be asked to submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience.


In return…

This is an exciting opportunity to work with stroke survivors and their families to support them following stroke and to raise stroke awareness in the local population. We offer a host of amazing benefits and flexible working options, with opportunities to progress your career.


About the Organisation

Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.

We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it’s a team effort to get there. We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives. Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.


You may also have experience in areas such as Research, Influencing, Involvement, Research and Innovation, Innovation, Impact and Innovation, Systems Engagement, Research and Development, Impact, Monitoring, Policy, Research and Policy, Supporter Experience, Supporter Engagement, Partnerships, Engagement, Programme, Programme Development, Insight, Insight and Engagement, Impact and Insight, Research and Impact, Knowledge, Knowledge and Insight, Knowledge and Impact, Impact and Engagement, Fundraising, Fundraiser, Health, Healthcare, Care, Stroke, Disability, Funding, Grants.

Posted on: 15 July 2021
Closed date: 09 August 2021
Job ref: 2484
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy