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Senior Research Manager

Mental Health Foundation
Closing date
25 Oct 2021

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The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Senior Research Manager to support our UK-wide Research Team. This is a 2-year full time fixed term post.Starting salary £40,000 rising to £46,000 plus £3,285 London Weighting The Mental Health Foundation is the UK's leading charity for everyone's mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.Our focus is on three key areas:1. ImpactWe systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.2. InfluenceWe harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health. 3. IntegrityWe continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!This exciting Senior Research Manager role will deliver ground-breaking new research projects that reflect and strengthen the Mental Health Foundation's strategic priorities and generate actionable insights, to work towards the Foundation's vision of good mental health for all.What does the role involve?With the Foundation's strategy as the starting point, the Senior Research Manager will work with the Research Team and colleagues in other key functions across the four nations, to identify research priorities and lead the delivery of core research Initiatives. A core component of all research will be the production of actionable insights that contribute to the Foundation's mission of good mental health for all.At the Mental Health Foundation all research approaches are anchored by collaboration with people with lived experience. The role of Senior Research Manager will build on that collaboration and find Innovative ways to Increase opportunities and deepen levels of participation.The role will work across the organisation, utilising research and evaluation capabilities, to support the Foundation to be evidence-based in all Its activities and decision-making.This is a senior role that will involve direct line management of members of the Research Team, supervision and support of colleagues on specific projects, representing the Foundation externally and deputising for the Head of Research both Internally and externally, as required.What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?Significant experience in a research role, including familiarity with a range of research methods and applied research approaches that translate research into policy and practice.A commitment to an inclusive and participatory approach to research, prioritising the involvement of people with lived experience of mental health (both positive and negative experiences).In-depth knowledge and understanding of research methodologies, with extensive experience in developing appropriate methodologies and corresponding primary research instruments for specific research projects.Proven experience of carrying out research looking at structural and social inequality issues, ideally relating to mental health.A track record of building and maintaining strong networks and partnerships with external stakeholders to scope opportunities and deliver research outputs in partnership.Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years' service3 closure days between Christmas and New YearUp to 3 wellbeing days per annumEmployee Assistance ProgrammeGenerous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contributionLife Assurance Scheme at four times annual salaryFlexible workingSeason Ticket LoanCycle to work schemePlease note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.How to applyIf you think your skills match and you'd like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please see further details and complete the application form on our website. Applications will close at 5pm on 28th October 2021. Interviews are planned for 11th November 2021. You will be expected to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation. Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged. If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us.Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes. We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.We look forward to hearing from you!
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