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Research Directors (Crime & Justice / Children & Families)

NatCen Social Research - Policy Research Centre (PRC)

Location: London
Salary: £40,000 to £54,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd November 2021
Closes: 1st December 2021

Location: London (with flexible home/office hybrid opportunity)

About the roles;

We are seeking to appoint research professionals, who are passionate about the issues faced by children and families and/or crime and justice issues in the UK and internationally.

Crime and Justice; NatCen’s Crime and Justice Team undertakes some of the UK’s most interesting, sensitive and influential social research. Our work includes research and evaluation projects across a broad set of policy areas such as offending behaviour and rehabilitation, radicalisation and extremism, child sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic abuse, and equalities. We tackle complex and urgent policy questions such as what works in tackling serious violence among young people, what domestic abuse service provision looks like in England, and how best to measure the prevalence of child abuse.

Children and Families; NatCen has a long track record of conducting world class research on children and families, set against a backdrop of significant challenges for children and young people. Our aim is to make an important contribution to public understanding of key contemporary issues including parenting, education and learning, and children’s mental health. NatCen’s research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing. Working with a wide range of stakeholders, including government departments, charities and foundations, our methodological expertise is wide ranging, covering scoping and mapping studies, literature reviews, impact and process evaluations, qualitative studies, surveys and secondary analysis.

About the candidate;

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate a proven track record of designing and delivering high quality social research and in addition will have:

  • Substantial experience of directing social research projects and programmes
  • Knowledge of policy areas relating to crime and justice or policy areas relating to children and families
  • Experience of bidding for and securing research contracts and grants from funders such as government departments, foundations and third sector organisations, and/or national funding streams (e.g., ESRC).
  • Strong methodological skills in one or more of the following: surveys, quantitative analysis, qualitative approaches or evaluation
  • Be able to lead and quality assure the design and delivery of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research projects.
  • Have experience of managing clients and stakeholders, developing positive relationships and working at a senior level.
  • Have excellent report writing and communication skills
  • Experience of building and leading teams, and developing the skills of junior colleagues
  • Commitment to building and maintaining good relationships with partners and customers

About NatCen Social Research;

At NatCen Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

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