Interim Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement

York/London/Home Working with flexibility
£64,682 per annum
27 Aug 2020
24 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Hours - 35 hours per week full time but willing to consider flexibility and job share applications

Term - Interim post – 9 months initially

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join us to provide strategic leadership of our work, building public will so more people want to solve UK poverty and ensuring that people with lived experience of poverty are at the heart of our work.

By driving public engagement in the movement, you will build and connect audiences, networks and relationships in order to seek opportunities for innovation. In addition, you will ensure our communications and services are impactful and driving JRF’s digital, design and development strategy.

This is an interim role, 9 months initially and is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in a short space of time. You will be joining a leadership team that is committed to transforming JRF into a leader of change in the 21st century, embracing matrix working, technology, innovation, digital and design thinking to modernise what we do and how we do it.

About you

We are looking for an effective and motivating leader who is highly collaborative and has considerable experience in public campaigning and engagement strategies, as well as developing and supporting grassroots advocacy and participatory activity.

You’ll be used to driving change through public engagement and influencing and will have a good track record in leading strategies that use data, tools and digital channels to increase impact.

Used to overseeing numerous teams and projects in a fast paced and changing environment, you will be experienced in digital transformation and creating a culture of continuous improvement in those that you lead.

About us

Millions of people are locked in poverty in the UK. We don’t believe that’s right. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to solve it. JRF’s new strategy is to work alongside others to build public and political will for change and demand for solutions.

The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) is a registered housing association and care provider in Yorkshire and the North East. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty. JRF and JRHT are two important influencing organisations with an ambitious agenda for inspiring positive change in the UK in line with our vision of a prosperous and poverty free UK.

Closing date: Sunday 13th September 2020

Interviews will be held week commencing 21st September 2020

During the COVID-19 restrictions, our interviews will be by telephone and/or video call. The successful applicant will be fully supported to work from home for an initial period where restrictions on non-essential travel are in place.

In support of our approach to flexible working we are happy to receive applications from those seeking full time employment, as well as those who may want to share the role on a part time basis. Also, we are not rigid in terms of work location but there would be a requirement to be present in York at least once a week.

When making your application, please state whether you want to be considered for either full or part time work and, if part time, the number of hours per week you would be looking for, and please be clear about your location of work.

Our commitment to diversity

We are committed to creating opportunities for under-represented groups. BAME groups and those with a disability are under-represented in the organisation and are positively encouraged to apply. We shall apply Section 159 of the Equalities Act 2010 in the recruitment process.

At JRF/JRHT we believe in being inclusive and giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. Applications are welcome from all regardless of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, race, sex, sexual orientation, trans status or social economic background. We positively encourage applications from those with experience of living in poverty.

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