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About this Role

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.

Strategic Responsibilities

●  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.

Further information

Contact details 

John Page 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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