Head of the Future Work Centre and Associate Director of Economy

Trebarwith Strand
01 Jan 2019
19 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The RSA is looking for a new Head for our Future Work Centre to help us remain at the forefront of the national and international debate about the gig economy, productivity, technology driven change and the future of work in the UK.

You’ll be a leading authority and a prime influencer in the field of work, economic and social policy, technology or a related field, with a commitment to excellence and a track record of success. You will show a commitment to the RSA’s mission and be able to demonstrate leading knowledge of the key research areas. You will be an inspirational and humble leader with strong organisational skills, the ability to work flexibility within a busy team environment. You be willing to support colleagues and internal and external partners alike. You will be a persuader and a bold, lateral thinker with a strong head for implementation and delivery, excellent organisational skills and a commitment to collaborative multi-disciplinary action-research.

What the role involves:

  • Leading the RSA Future Work Centre, and ensuring it delivers innovative, high quality, high profile, influential action-focussed research, with measurable impact.
  • Managing resource and driving impact across the RSA, associates and Fellows
  • Leading, managing and overseeing innovative research and analysis.
  • Growing relationships with key stakeholders across national and local government, third sector, business, academia, media, and RSA Fellowship.
  • Managing staff and overseeing the development of the team’s knowledge and skills in project project design, delivery, research methods, communications and influencing, in collaboration with the Director of RSA Economy.
  • Playing a leading role in the wider RSA Economy team and the organisation as a whole, by developing and communicating impactful ideas, action and research, by supporting and representing the team and the RSA, by collaborating with other parts of the RSA including our research methods lab and our fellowship and global teams and by advocating in public for our ideas through online and offline channels.

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 260 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of over 29,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.

We offer great benefits, including 29 days holiday (plus bank holidays), additional wellbeing allowance, free fellowship throughout employment and lots more!

How to apply

In order to apply, please click ‘apply for this job’ on our recruitment page and submit a comprehensive CV along with a separate covering letter addressed to Asheem Singh, Director of Economy which sets out your interest in the role and encapsulates the aspects of your experience relevant to the required criteria. Please include current salary details and how you’ve heard about this role.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am on Wednesday 16 January 2018. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 29 January 2019. Second interviews will take place Thursday 7 February 2019. There will be a short written exercise accompanying the second interview.

Ideally, the successful candidate will start as soon as possible thereafter.

Please note that we cannot accept late, incomplete applications, and we can only consider candidates who apply through the online application process.

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