Head of the Institute for Community Studies

Salary: Competitive

Location: London (Bethnal Green)

Hours: Full time (Flexible working considered)

The Young Foundation is seeking a dynamic leader to support the launch and delivery of the first 15 months of the new Institute for Community Studies, hosted at The Young Foundation. This is a key position, working closely with the CEO and Director of Research.  The Young Foundation has a long history of pioneering, radical research programmes, starting life as the Institute for Community Studies over 60 years ago. Following a strategic review in 2018, the Young Foundation is now deepening and extending its research activities in support of community-led action and innovation.

We are looking for someone who can help shape and deliver the work of the Institute: overseeing an innovative and fast-paced research programme – and getting hands-on with the research activity; generating meaningful engagement from a wide range of stakeholders from academia, policy, practitioners and citizens; and ensuring that our outputs are genuinely useful, creative and impactful.

This is an outward-facing role with as much emphasis on building our network of collaborators, partners and other stakeholders, as on delivering the research programme. Business development will also be a core part of the role to ensure the longevity of the Institute beyond 2020.

How to apply

Please send your application to applications@youngfoundation.org including:

  • Your CV and a covering letter setting out how your skills and relevant experience relate to the person specification (Max 2 pages)
  • Your current salary and notice period, and whether or not you are applying for this role as a secondment opportunity.
  • A link to 2-3 research outputs on which you have been the sole or lead author, which demonstrate a variety of styles / formats

The closing date for applications is 4:00pm Wednesday 8th May 2019.

For any questions about this role or if would like to discuss it further prior to application, please contact Aldas Gustas via email: aldas.gustas@youngfoundation.org or telephone: 020 8980 6263 who will arrange a time to speak with our CEO or Director of Research

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

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non-­EU 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.