The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent think tank on race and ethnicity, is seeking a Head of Research to lead our research team. This is a key role with the potential to shape the UK’s research and policy narratives on race and inequalities with one of the country’s leading think tanks on race and social justice.
● Drive the strategic direction of Runnymede’s research portfolio, and align it with our evolving policy work and public engagement agenda.
● Lead the overall direction of research at Runnymede as well as supporting the research team to deliver individual projects.
● Work closely with different teams in partner organizations to design hard-hitting research that provides a rich understanding of race and inequalities in the UK, with intersectional realities and dynamics reflected in the findings.
Research Leadership Responsibilities
● Lead in designing research approaches and methodologies for new work and lead a team in preparing background discussion papers, briefing papers, policy responses and presentations for meetings, to meet internal needs and at external events such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community or emerging policy engagements.
● Represent Runnymede and provide research support to calls for evidence or to Parliamentary committees and hearings – sometimes at short notice when deadlines are urgent and require a timely intervention or response.
● Direct and author reports for publication and coordinate their dissemination to stakeholders – including funders.
Impact and Policy Development Responsibilities
● Proactively lead in designing research support which fits well with emerging requests for media or policy engagements in the organization.
● Work with Runnymede and partner research teams to use the research to develop a new, more inclusive narrative on race, class and inequalities in the UK.
● Provide support and synergy to the policy team whilst also being able to progress medium to longer-term research priorities.
Stakeholder and Management Responsibilities
● Manage a small research team working on different projects.
● Liaise with key project partners and relevant agencies, including local community organisations and local authorities and corporations.
● Resolve ongoing challenges that may affect the achievement of research objective and deadlines, and escalate challenges to resolve ongoing issues as appropriate.
● Facilitate and maintain a race equality research network database, gathering and disseminating recently published research.
Communications and Impact Reporting Responsibilities
● Draft website, event and commentary material for projects undertaken and any other collateral content for digital assets.
● Take responsibility for relevant project reporting and monitoring for funders and end-of-project of data and documentation.
● Promote equality and diversity values acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
John PageJohn@runnymedetrust.org 07984360395
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities (visible and invisible, mental and physical); people who identify as being LGBTQIA; and people who identify as working-class or have done so in the past.
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