The Young Foundation
Greater London
£32,000-£38,000 per annum (depending on experience) pro-rata.
Permanent, Part-time, 4-5 days a week (flexible – minimum 28 hours/ week)
Job description

About the Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We are seeking a Senior Researcher who has the experience and expertise to manage teams and varied projects and programmes of work where required – from evaluation of social innovations to analysing and synthesising ‘what’s working’ on a range of community issues. We aim for the insight we generate to inspire support for social change and influence policy and practice.

This role will lead on a range of evaluation and research projects, which could cover anything from peer research with young people, to evaluation and insight projects with local communities, to undertaking desk-based research as part of ground-breaking new research projects.  Some of these projects will be shorter pieces of work over a number of months, whereas other pieces of work might run over multiple years.

While the majority of our research is qualitative, we also increasingly carry out innovative analyses of unusual data sets or combine data sets in new ways (e.g. our Flipping the Coin research) and so we welcome applicants with an interest and skills in this area.

We are looking for an individual who has the research skills and confidence to explore new methods or to take a new approach to seemingly entrenched issues. Our work is collaborative and we will expect you to be a team player, helping support and develop more junior researchers and support colleagues who are not research specialists. You will work closely with the Heads of Research and Institute for Community Studies to deliver a broad range of projects and raise our profile externally as producers of useful, innovative and creatively shared insights.

The role would suit a motivated self-starter with a passion for the work we do, and a deep understanding of the issues we tackle. A strong conviction for the role that research and evaluation can play in influencing and shaping policy, practice and opportunities for change is essential.  You will have a strong track record in producing high quality, impactful publications and a creative flair for communication.

Benefits: 25 days annual, plus bank holidays and  3 days off between Christmas and New Years.

For more information and how to apply, please visit our website. 

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 1st November 2021.

The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 5th November.

Interviews will take place on the 8th or 9th November via video-call.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and as part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our team we actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Posted on: 14 October 2021
Closed date: 01 November 2021
Tags: Policy/Research