Role: Innovation Practitioner

Salary: £32-45,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

 Location: Remote – UK based. Our offices are in east London but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate. You should be willing to travel to our London office for team and project meetings up to six times per year (Covid permitting).

Hours: 4-5 days a week (flexible – minimum 28 hours a week)

Contract: Permanent, starting ASAP

Benefits: 25 days annual, excluding bank holidays, and three days off between Christmas and New Year.

About the role

We are looking for an Innovation Practitioner to join our growing Innovation and Practice team. The role will offer a unique opportunity for you to work across a range of programmes that bring communities, organisations, and policymakers together to shape a fairer future, driving positive change and supporting collective action to improve people’s lives. The types of programmes you might work on could include:

  • working alongside community leaders to grow their confidence and capabilities to influence change in their local areas, regionally or nationally.
  • working with public sector leaders, frontline practitioners, and communities to reimagine the future and take practical, collaborative action to design and test new ideas, new ventures, and new ways of organising and mobilising for social change.

About you

This role is open to people with varying skillsets. Whether your background is working directly with communities, activism, public sector, programme management or facilitation, we are interested in hearing from people who – first and foremost – are creative and passionate about social change.

As a small and dynamic organisation, we are looking for people who have an inquisitive mindset. We share our learning across the organisation and work as one team with our colleagues. We always reflect on what we have learned from our social entrepreneurs and what social innovation can tell us about the bigger picture of communities. The potential for community-led change is core to our mission.

We look forward to reading your application.

How to apply

With reference to the job specification, please complete the attached application form and return it to, clearly stating the job title in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 9 October 2022. 

The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Friday 14 October.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 17 October 2022 via video-call and second round interviews to take place the week commencing 24 October.

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.

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

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an automated response to say we have received your application.

Please note that we review application after the closing date and we regret that we will only be able to reply and give feedback to short-listed applicants.




Posted on: 25 August 2022


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