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Salary: £45,000-£52,000 per annum (depending on experience) pro-rata,

Location: Remote – UK based. Our offices are in East London but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate. Please note that travel to our London office for regular team meetings will be at your own cost.

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

Contract: Permanent. Start date asap

Benefits: 25 days annual leave, excluding bank holidays and 3 days off between Christmas and New Year. We are currently trialling a 4.5 day working week, with staff having Friday afternoons off, and expect to confirm this policy in 2023.

About The Young Foundation

The UK faces significant social, economic and environmental challenges, which demand urgent collective action.

Today, The Young Foundation’s mission is to develop better-connected communities and shape a fairer future. Together with individuals, organisations and policymakers, we explore new ways to tackle the issues people tell us they care about.

We believe that stronger communities, where people have influence, will secure the greatest wellbeing in society. That’s why we work with local people; to understand the issues affecting them, involve them in research, and innovate with them to drive positive change.

About the role

We are seeking a dynamic Senior Research Manager who has the experience and enthusiasm to manage and deliver a range of projects within our growing research portfolio.

You will have extensive expertise in participatory research methods, ideally incorporating creative and innovative techniques and approaches, alongside more traditional methods. You will also be passionate about transforming the ways in which communities are involved in research in the UK, from identifying research priorities, through to designing and carrying out research, to sharing the findings and creating real social impact and change.

Much of the peer research we support is innovative in nature, so you will be experienced in designing and delivering projects that are, for example, distinctive in scale and methods, or challenging in terms of the subjects they explore.

A core part of the role will be business development, so you will be comfortable designing projects, writing proposals and working closely with clients and funders. We aim for the insight we generate to inspire support for social change and influence policy and practice.

Ideally you will have experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Developing and using participatory approaches:
    • in health or public health, including but not necessarily under the banner of PPIE
    • with children and young people
    • in housing and urban regeneration
  • Establishing and growing the use of participatory approaches within the HE sector, including the training and development of PGRs/ECRs

However, we welcome applications from people with relevant experience in other sectors that align with our work.

We also increasingly provide training and support to other organisations in the approaches of community research and engagement, so strong facilitation skills and experience in providing training are important.

We are looking for an individual who has the research skills and confidence to explore new methods or to take a new approach to seemingly entrenched issues. Our work is collaborative, and we will expect you to be a team player, helping support and develop more junior researchers and support colleagues who are not research specialists. You will work closely with the Director of Research and Peer Research Lead to deliver a broad range of projects and raise our profile externally as producers of useful, innovative and creatively shared insights.

You will have strong commercial understanding and know how to deliver high-quality research to time and budget, as well as experience in writing proposals and responding to tenders. You will have experience in a fast-paced environment and of working within a range of different contexts; this role encompasses projects with local government, NHS, higher education and philanthropic funders.

The role would suit a motivated self-starter with a passion for the work we do, and a deep understanding of the issues we tackle. A strong conviction for the role that research can play in influencing and shaping policy, practice and opportunities for change is essential.  You will have a strong track record in producing high-quality, impactful publications, and a creative flair for communication.

How to apply

With reference to the Job Description (overleaf), please complete and return the application form and additional information requested to

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 5 December 2022.

The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Wednesday 7 December.

Interviews will take place w/c 12 December via video-call.

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: 15 November 2022


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