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Clerkenwell, Greater London
£35,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

New Local is a think tank and network working to transform public services and empower communities. We publish research on some of today’s most pressing issues - like housing, welfare and health - informed by our network of 60-plus local authorities.

The role:  We are looking for a Senior Policy Researcher who shares our values and our passion for practical and policy change.

The role is pivotal and will involve working closely with colleagues responsible for practice, communications, events and our brilliant network of innovative councils. A big part of this role will be working collaboratively across the organisation to ensure our research builds on and benefits from the range of our assets as a thinktank and a network. This will include working on practice projects as our research team works across both research and practice projects to ensure both areas complement each other.

Location:  New Local operates a highly flexible approach to work location and welcomes applications from across the UK.

Key tasks / responsibilities:

  • Producing excellent, impactful research contributing to our flagship research programme, which is focussed on developing and embedding community power in policy and practice.
  • Conducting a range of research and related activity including literature and policy reviews, interviews, surveys and other background research to support high-quality analysis.
  • Writing a range of engaging written materials including research reports, policy briefings, blogs and press articles to support the dissemination of your analysis, arguments and recommendations and to raise the profile of community power in general.
  • Working on projects across the organisation including in our developing area of practice, which deploys teams including researchers to understand and support public sector organisations to implement practical actions to become more community powered.
  • Representing the organisation externally at events and by presenting research to a range of stakeholders, including central government, the public sector, local government and the wider public policy community.
  • Producing written materials for our membership network including briefings, case studies and email updates.
  • Supporting our role as a network convenor, which includes facilitating workshops and other ad hoc activity to support peer learning and practice sharing.
  • Actively contributing to our communications, campaigns and policy influencing work, collaborating with colleagues across the team to produce impactful and accessible materials.
  • Maintaining relationships with stakeholders relevant to the policy work of New Local.
  • Contributing to developing and funding research project proposals.
  • Undertaking other reasonable duties as specified by the Director of Research or the wider Senior Management Team, and to contribute to the corporate activities of New local.

In addition to the advertised salary, we offer

  • A minimum of 27 days’ holiday a year and ten days holiday over Christmas/New Year
  • Highly flexible working and work location arrangements 
  • Regular training opportunities 
  • A number of other benefits listed in the job description.

For further details of the role and benefits on offer, please refer to the attachments.  Full information about the role including the Senior Policy Researcher Job Description and Person Specification can also be found on the jobs page of the New Local website.

Application resources
More about New Local

New Local (formerly New Local Government Network) is a think tank and network working to energise local government, improve public services and... Read more

Refreshed on: 19 January 2022
Closing date: 02 February 2022
Tags: Policy/Research,Project Management

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