Head of Research (Maternity Cover)

Head of Research (maternity cover)

Salary: £55 – 60,000 pa (dependent on experience), plus benefits

Location: Currently remote. Usually Bethnal Green, London E2 9PF (with occasional UK & EU travel)

Hours: Full-Time (35 hours/ week)

Contract: Fixed term until 31st Dec 2021. Start date November 2020 or earlier if possible.


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 as a spur 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

The Head of Research oversees the day-to-day running of our portfolio of research and evaluation projects, including hands-on delivery where needed, and oversight, ensuring the exceptional quality of publications and outputs for our partners and funders. This is a key role with responsibility for supporting and developing our growing team of staff and associates to work more effectively and efficiently in a culture of high support and high challenge, as well as providing methodological expertise.  Business development is a core part of the role, with opportunity to shape and design new projects which align with our strategy, as well as in response to requests from our partners and funders.

The Head of Research works closely with the Head of the Institute for Community Studies, reporting into and deputising as needed for the Director of Research.



The Person


  1. An understanding and passion for research which seeks to strengthen and empower UK communities, and the evaluation of innovative programmes which contribute to the mission of The Young Foundation
  2. A reliable, self-starter – confident managing your own varied and challenging workload and those of others, within a small and diverse organisation
  3. Experience of leading the design and delivery of varied projects with particular expertise in:
    1. Evaluation of complex programmes;
    2. Mixed methods approaches, tailored to suit different partnerships and contexts
    3. Participatory approaches to research and evaluation
    4. Literature reviews to inform policy and programme development
  4. Experience in designing and delivering different kinds of research outputs for policy and practitioner audiences, including creative and non-traditional ways of communicating and disseminating findings
  5. An ability to manage and nurture junior researchers, creating a culture of high challenge and high support, within an inclusive environment
  6. A track record of successful bid writing and partnership development for social research and evaluation projects.
  7. Financially literate and comfortable managing and tracking multiple programme budgets and dealing with the reporting requirements of a range of funders, including the European Commission


  1. Specialist expertise in one of The Young Foundation’s core areas of work: community-led change; place-based transformation; health and wellbeing; community engagement strategies; lived experience of marginalised groups.
  2. Experience in creative methods of research, evaluation and communication and dissemination – e.g. digital qualitative methods, arts-based methods etc.
  3. Experience as a PI, CO-I or WP Leader on an ESRC/AHRC/EC funded project
  4. Experience working on international consortia research/ action research projects


How to apply

Please read the Job Description, and then complete the Application Form and return it to applications@youngfoundation.org. You can submit CV’s as separate attachment but is not a requirement for the selection process. We encourage all applicants to complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and send alongside their application (this will not impact your application).

The closing date for applications is 11:59 pm on Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 25th September.

Interviews will take place between 29th September and 1st October 2020 via video-call.

We actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non­EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages 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.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.