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Director: Social Purpose Lab

University Of The Arts London

Location: London, Work from home
Salary: Competitive salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2022
Closes: 15th January 2023
Job Ref: 8999
 

The Social Purpose Lab is part of a wider transformation agenda at UAL, led by our Vice-Chancellor, James Purnell. The Lab will help transform our impact and establish our leadership on issues including climate change, racial and social justice, and the future of the industries for whom we train thousands of students every year. This is a remarkable opportunity for an inspiring Director to build and lead a different kind of team within a university - one that brings together delivering on our own commitments with leading change in the outside world, leveraging the creativity capacity of the university’s community at every turn.

You will plan, lead, monitor and control the University’s approach to measuring and maximising our social impact, centred on the Lab’s three core functions:

Values and Measurement: Defining, maintaining, and building university-wide understanding of a framework for defining the values that make up our social purpose. Developing a Theory of Change approach to measuring and improving the positive impact we have in the world.

Transformation: Ensuring we live up to those values in all that we do, including meeting our targets on carbon reduction and sustainability as well as staff diversity and inclusion. The Lab will adopt an experimental approach to ensure that as we pioneer new approaches, we develop and share knowledge with others about what works.

Campaigns: The Lab will lead UAL’s policy and advocacy work, ensuring we are securing practical change and leading the debate on how the sectors and disciplines we’re connected to can contribute to long term human and planetary wellbeing.

Why choose us?
We believe the world needs creativity. That’s why UAL is a social purpose university, dedicated to nurturing creativity and deploying it to help solve the world’s problems. At the core of our new 10-year strategy is a commitment to making the world a better place through our collective creative endeavour, and our Social Purpose Lab will be key to that success.

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.

Your profile
We’re looking for an ambitious leader who’s ready to experiment, innovate, campaign and inspire change, at UAL, in London, in the UK, and across the world. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in a policy, evaluation or strategy role, and leadership experience in sustainability, diversity, or social impact work. You will have a track record in designing evaluation or experimental practice as part of a change management process, and of translating strategic objectives into tangible delivery plans. The role calls for an individual with collaborative and contemporary leadership and influencing skills, and the ability to build communities of practice.

Please note that the recruitment for this role is being managed by Perret Laver.

For further details, including a candidate pack, job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please click the apply button.

Closing date: 15 January 2023 23:55.

UAL welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

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