Director of Research and Engagement
We are seeking a Director of Research and Engagement who can lead our work exploring how technology is changing society. The role involves designing and delivering research projects, building effective partnerships that create change, and communicating insight in an engaging way to expert and non-expert audiences.
Technology is changing society for better and worse. Some of these changes are obvious, many are still unfolding. Doteveryone is an independent think tank that aims to work at the speed of the internet to spot emerging social issues, prototype ways to achieve more equitable outcomes, and galvanise civil society, business and government to create useful, lasting change. As our Director of Research and Engagement, you will play a pivotal role in uncovering and solving these emerging issues.
We are looking for an inspiring communicator with a deep understanding of cultural and social change who can turn complex problems into relatable, solvable challenges. You should be interested in people and stories, have the energy and resourcefulness to try things out, and a generous, creative attitude to getting things done. It would be useful if you have some knowledge of technology, but you do not need to be a technologist.
You will design and deliver research, communications and projects; build a network of contacts and organisations to collaborate with; represent Doteveryone in a wide range of external contexts, from frontline charities to foundations to researchers and academics. While research and insight are an important part of this job, we are not looking for candidates with experience of conducting in-depth academic research.
As a member of the senior leadership team, you will work alongside the CEO, Managing Director and Director of Policy and Communications to direct the strategy of the organisation. You will have experience of managing teams, building strategic partnerships and raising funding. You will be able to identify and create new opportunities for impact, and tell the story of our work in a creative and persuasive way.
You should be able to manage researchers and designers, write media pieces and grant proposals, commission outputs that might include websites, films, installations and documents, design events.
This is a permanent role, and we welcome applications for people who want to work a 4 or 5 day week. We are happy to support flexible working patterns, including some working from home, and will consider requests for part-time working and secondments. The role is based in our central London office in Somerset House, and you should expect to spend most of your time based in the office, although there will also be occasional travel to events and meetings. You may also be required to attend occasional conferences and events outside of usual office hours.
- Deliver a portfolio of projects that explore how technology is changing society and identify ways to make the most of new opportunities, reduce inequalities and mitigate injustices caused by technology.
- Communicate our work and ideas to broad audiences from government to civil society, corporates to front-line organisations, national media to grassroots organisations.
- Engage with partner organisations to bring in funding, identify new opportunities, deliver work with others, and reach new audiences
- Help to lead the organisation as part of the senior leadership team, managing staff, setting strategy and supporting fundraising.
Doteveryone is an independent think tank that explores how technology is changing society, shows what responsible technology can look like, and builds communities to improve the way technology shapes our world.
Martha Lane Fox founded Doteveryone following her Dimbleby Lecture in 2015 where she called for a new organisation to help us shape our digital world and navigate the moral and ethical issues it presents. From that vision, we’ve grown into a small and dedicated London-based team, working to make responsible technology the new normal.
We are a small team that pulls together to achieve more than the sum of our parts. In everything we do, we try to balance boldness and thoughtfulness, critical thinking and entrepreneurialism, bold ambition and practical application. There is a lot of talk about how technology is changing the world; we are interested in action.
We are an inclusive employer. We support flexible working and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
You should have demonstrable experience of:
- Designing or delivering projects that have created a cultural or social shift, whether in an organisation, a community or a business
- Managing a programme comprised of multiple projects
- Taking a flexible, entrepreneurial approach to problem solving
- Scoping and designing projects so they can be effectively delivered
- Steering or conducting research so that it generates practical insights
- Writing useful briefs for colleagues and freelancers
- Telling engaging stories about your work to expert and non-expert audiences
- Commissioning creative, imaginative outputs that help create impact and communicate our findings
- Effective listening
- Identifying new opportunities and making them happen
- Developing partnerships (at large or small scale) to create change
- Getting the best out of multi-disciplinary teams
- Raising money for ambitious or unusual projects
- Being an effective part of a small team
We are particularly interested to receive applications from people who have:
- An interest in or grounding in social sciences or the humanities
- An awareness of current affairs, especially relating to technology
- Delivered effective campaigns or transformation projects
- Experience of working in a small team and making the most of limited resources
To apply for this job, you do NOT need to:
- Be a technologist or an academic
- Have experience of working in a think tank, or with government policy
- Have experience in the charitable or social sector
Although of course, we welcome applicants with some or all of the above!
If you are interested in the role, but are not sure if it’s a good fit, you can get in touch and ask questions at [email protected]
Closing date for applications: Friday 23 November 9am
Interview dates: Monday 3rd December
Second round interviews: Monday 10th December
We offer the following benefits:
- Competitive salary - £60k - £75k depending on experience
- Contributory NEST pension scheme
- Flexible working patterns
- 25 days holiday per annum, plus discretionary office closures in August and at Christmas
- The chance to make change happen within a new and exciting organisation, working in a collaborative, supportive team
We are an equal opportunities employer; we firmly believe that diverse teams create better work and as such we welcome a broad range of perspectives, approaches and background in applicants.
Who does this role report to?
Rachel Coldicutt, the CEO.
Are there priority sectors/themes for this role?
Our existing themes in this area centre around the impact of digital on society, and on civil society, and moderating the role of technology in the future of work. Some current writing on projects that fit into this area can be found here:
Better Care Systems: https://medium.com/doteveryone/why-does-doteveryone-care-about-care-cd8cf451ff41
Society in the Loop: https://medium.com/doteveryone/intheloop-45f38de30632
Social infrastructure: https://medium.com/doteveryone/new-social-infrastructure-for-an-algorithmic-world-coping-not-coding-part-1-6ce1450da446
Better Internetter public campaign: https://medium.com/doteveryone/some-lessons-from-building-a-digital-public-health-campaign-bc3feec6529e
How big is the team that this role will manage? Who is in the team?
The role will manage one Programme Manager and two junior designers in the current team. There are also two researchers and a communications manager who will spend time on projects in this area. Additional resources will be contingent on fundraising for the 2019-20 financial year.
What is the budget for this area of work? What is the research budget?
This is still to be confirmed, and dependent on fundraising, but we would estimate a budget of around £150k of external spending would be achievable for the year.
Will you accept applications from overseas/from the US/from Europe?
All applicants need to have the right to work in the UK, as we don't have the capacity to arrange VISAs for people. Information on what that looks like here: https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/your-rights-to-working-in-the-uk/
EEA country citizens have the right to work in the UK at present, and current guidance is that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 2021.