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Director of Learning and Impact

Dartington Service Design Lab

Location: United Kingdom
Salary: £50,500 to £55,500 Band 1 SMT (pro-rata), dependent on experience
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th December 2021
Closes: 19th January 2022

Location: Anywhere in Great Britain, working remotely from home, occasionally co-work spaces, and with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

Start date: Ideally early spring 2022

Benefits: 30 days Annual holiday (pro-rata), Pension Scheme

Hours of work: Flexible (either part-time 0.8 FTE 28 hours per week, or full-time at 35 hours per week)

Application timetable:

Wed 19 January 22 at 23.59: Close

Mon 24 Jan 22: Shortlisting

Tue 8 to Thu 10 Feb 22: Virtual Interviews

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Can you nurture a team culture of reflection and learning? Do you care about applying knowledge and learning into practice?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors. 

We are creating a new role: a Director of Learning and Impact, sitting within the Senior Management Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring a tight alignment of our project work to organisational strategy, supporting the team to distil learning and insights from our work to help us achieve the greatest impact, and ensuring that knowledge and learning can be used and built upon by others (within and outside the organisation).

The role also entails wider management and leadership responsibilities, including contributing to organisational decision-making within the SMT (strategic and operational), fundraising, executive leadership of projects and line management responsibilities.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with.  This requires a blend of mental agility, practicality, perseverance and an ability to adapt to deliver the necessary outcomes. Candidates should be comfortable with ambiguity and approach new challenges with both curiosity and level-headedness. As a small organisation the wider team are mutually supportive as we all work closely together. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and able to communicate well with a range of stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need an experienced leader who can quickly add value and integrate into our team, with ideally at least 5 years’ working at a senior level within the research or social sector.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

As a wider team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

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