Head of Policy and Research

Kentish Town

Head of Policy & Research
35 hours (flexible working available)
£47,000 – £52,000

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced policy and research expert to join the senior management of a charity known for its robust research and influencing work, and lead a team who play a crucial role in helping us to improve the lives of single parents.

The Head of Policy and Research will help Gingerbread achieve its mission, working towards a world where single parent families are valued and have the opportunity to thrive.

The Head of Policy and Research will lead our work to change policy and practice through evidence-based research and influencing activity, with overall responsibility for developing and implementing a robust and innovative strategy that improves the lives of single parent families, as well as working with colleagues to secure funding for the organisation’s activity.

Why work for us

We are the leading national charity working with single parent families.

In this role, you will be joining Gingerbread at an exciting time, having recently celebrated our 100th year and launched both a new organisational strategy and Change Framework which puts campaigning at the heart of what we do.

About you

You will have demonstrable experience of leading successful projects that change policy and practice through evidence-based research and influencing activity. With strong research and project management skills, you will be confident in developing, overseeing and quality-assuring a programme of practical research.

You will take a collaborative approach to your work, with experience of building relationships with funders, partners and sector peers. You will also be an innovator, with an eye for opportunities to influence policy and practice in different ways – looking beyond Westminster to other audiences and tactics that will improve the lives of single parents.

What we can offer you

We provide a bright open plan office with a friendly working environment. We are proud of our range of policies to support staff, which includes working at home, part time working, job sharing and more. We also offer a generous annual leave allowance and a pension scheme.

How to apply

Please read the information pack for the role. The job description and person specification sets out the skills and experience we are looking for.

To apply, please complete the application form. The application form includes a personal statement section for you to set out how you meet the person specification for the role.  Email your completed application form to recruitment@gingerbread.org.uk stating your name and the post you are applying for in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: Monday 28 October at 9.00am

First round interview: Tuesday 5 October