£40,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Quantitative Research & Methods Lead

Dated: June 2022

Contract: Full time, permanent

Salary: £40,000-£45,000 per annum 

Start date: Immediate

Location: Home based with potential access to desk space in central London, if required; travel across the UK will be required from time to time as part of role, particularly during field research  

Reporting to: Director of Programmes

Direct reports: None at this time

Annual leave: 25 days per year plus bank holidays

About the role

The Quantitative Research and Methods Lead is a new role for the organisation, and will play a key role in shaping and delivering our work on common measurement and building the data ecosystem for the youth sector. This role will create new and specialist capacity and expertise to complement existing skills and knowledge around qualitative research and evaluation methods. 


The Quantitative Research and Methods Lead is responsible for advancing our thinking and strategic aims related to the design and implementation of quantitative research and evaluation methods, including data analysis, visualisation and manipulation. This will include, with support from a project director, accountability for all aspects of project management and delivery (including contract and budget management, communications, reporting, managing risk and resources) for a portfolio of projects designed to develop the youth sector’s access to and use of shared data to understand and improve impact. Alongside owning a portfolio of projects, the Quantitative Research and Methods Lead will collaborate with other Leads, contributing their expertise and insights into their projects. In particular, the Quantitative Research and Methods Lead will work closely with our Digital Product Design Lead to maximise the potential of our new data portal and suite of measurement tools, in line with our emergent data strategy. 


The Quantitative Research and Methods Lead – as with all other Lead roles in the organisation - is an ambassador for the Centre for Youth Impact and YMCA George Williams College, and helps to build relationships, influence stakeholders and promote our insight in all of their interactions with the youth sector. Deep collaboration and committed partnership working will be a core feature of this role as we seek to achieve transformation at scale across informal and non-formal provision for young people. The Quantitative Research and Methods lead will develop a range of material for external publication and internal learning and reflection (including training content), and hold our collective learning from their programmes of work. They will also contribute to developing and regular reviews of our strategy, sharing reports with the Board of Trustees as required.


The Quantitative Research and Methods Lead will play a strong role in supporting income generation, and will work closely with colleagues across the organisation to embed insights from our data and measurement activity into our broader programmes of work, alongside communicating with and reaching out to our networks.  


What are we looking for? 

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a deep understanding of quantitative research and evaluation methods, alongside creativity and imagination about the role of data in sector-wide transformation. You will need to be proactive and an excellent communicator, with strong interest and skills in building alliances and collaborations to advance shared projects and initiatives. You will need high-level skills in data analysis (advanced Excel as a minimum, alongside SPSS and PowerBI), and open-source data tools (Python or R, or similar), and have a solid understanding of the ‘real world’ context for gathering and utilising data in youth provision. You will also need to be comfortable bringing those skills into a fast-paced charity setting, and continuing to learn as you go. An interest in and solid understanding of evaluation would be a distinct plus, as would an awareness of youth-focused public policy and system dynamics. We need a candidate who understands the deeply human and relational nature of data.  


You will have the ability to engage with humility and authenticity with a wide range of people and organisations working to support young people and their communities, whilst building their understanding and confidence in data use. You will be able to spot and make connections between relationships and areas of work and be alive to changes and patterns in the external policy and practice context and the opportunities they present for our charity. 


Finally, you will also need to be a strong and confident project manager and a compelling and confident writer and presenter who can communicate the breadth of our work. You will be comfortable representing us externally, and acting as a ‘thought leader’: openly reflecting the evolution of your ideas and thinking, and generously sharing your learning with others. 

Please follow the link to our website for the full JD and person specification.

More about The Centre for Youth Impact / YMCA George Williams College

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Refreshed on: 11 July 2022
Closed date: 22 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management

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