Head of Research (Advocacy & Activism) job vacancy


Overview: Head of Research (Advocacy & Activism) job vacancy in Northamptonshire recruiting now

Ref: 3573_8214656
Employer: SHELTER
Location: Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Salary: + excellent benefits including 30 days holiday and flexible working
Employment Type: Permanent

Job Details:

Closing date: 22nd August 2022 at 11.30 pm

Are you an ambitious, innovative and analytical individual with proven experience of thinking creatively about research that both genuinely engages with people s lived experience and can be translated into strong campaigning messages? If so, Shelter is looking for a Head of Research (Advocacy & Activism) to play a key role in delivering on our ambitions to create a fairer society for those who lack the comfort and security of a proper home by powering our national and community campaigns with research to create real change for people.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent. We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the team
Situated within the Activism and Advocacy Directorate, and working closely with other teams both within CPC and across the organisation, the Research team works to develop and deliver innovative, effective and impactful research that ensures that Shelter is at the forefront of thought leadership and helps us to understand the housing emergency and uncover evidence of how people are being affected by it and how to campaign to end it.

About the role
As our Head of Research, you will lead the development of our Research team and the delivery of high-quality research supports Shelter s strategy, working collaboratively within CPC and across Shelter. We will count on you to establish and implement a vision for the team s cross-organisational work, which is well communicated to the team and across Shelter, while also striving to develop innovative ways to approach research problems in order to implement strategy both nationally and in communities.

You will create a supportive and aspirational culture and ensure effective and efficient ways of working where the team are motivated to deliver high quality work, while also focusing on the development and management of the Research Team s budget and monitoring organisational research spend, ensuring research which provides value for money. At a senior management level, contributing to the development of the wider CPC directorate and to Shelter s campaigning priorities and approaches are also vital elements of this key role.

About you
Influential, creative and collaborative, you will have impressive experience of leading the development and delivery of research, ideally in a similar organisation, including a proven record of feeding research into media comms and/or making tangible change at the publication of research. You also will be able to demonstrate first rate research management skills and experience of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. A natural communicator, both verbal and written, you will have strong interpersonal and relationship-building abilities, while a flexible, professional and proactive approach to your work is also vital.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies. We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.



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