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Programme Head, Post-14 Education and Skills

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  • Team: Grants and Programmes
  • Salary: Starting from £59,019 – £61,800 pa based on experience. Full-time (35 hours), reduced hours considered. Permanent contract.
  • Location: We’re London based, with the ability to work from home for part of the week
  • Closing: 9:00am, 16th Jun 2022 BST

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced researcher or research manager (with knowledge of substantive research and policy areas in post-14 education and training) to develop and manage a portfolio of research projects and other initiatives that will improve understanding of education and training for young people.

The role 

The Programme Head is a vital role within the Foundation, responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants and other initiatives that will improve understanding of education and training for young people (broadly speaking aged 14 and above) which encompasses the full range of academic, vocational, technical, further and higher education routes.  

In particular, the work of this Programme Head will explore how pathways are accessed and navigated by different types of young people; key transition points and the causes and consequences of different trajectories; respective outcomes in terms of the employability, opportunities and broader life chances of young people; and how policy and practice can deliver improvements for young people. This area is central to the Foundation’s interests in socio-economic and geographical inequalities, and in how the education system might respond to changing forces in the economy, in technology and in society.  We also have a particular interest in adverse circumstances and vulnerabilities faced by young people such as developmental disadvantages, mental health issues, and poor access to educational choices and guidance.   

The Programme Head will be responsible for advising Trustees on applications, the award of new grants, and for managing a portfolio of live grants (as an indicator, they might handle 60-80 outline applications and 6-10 full applications a year; with the value of the portfolio of live grants around £7m). They will also form part of a wider team of Programme Heads, working across our core interests in education, welfare and justice.

About you

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and quantitative skills, be experienced in carrying out or using mixed methods research and have excellent project and relationship management abilities. You will have substantive professional experience of drawing policy and practice implications from research and of working with institutions to communicate and apply the findings.

For this position, we are looking for candidates with knowledge of substantive research and policy areas in post-14 education and training, with particular knowledge of one or more of the following topics: secondary education; further and higher education; vocational and technical education; skills and employability; adolescence.

You will have a degree in a social science subject with strong formal quantitative training, and ideally a post graduate qualification in the social sciences, with a strong research methods component. You should also be able to demonstrate a breadth of interest across the Foundation’s broader programmes of work.

For further information about the role, please click here to download the full job description.

About the Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being.

We fund research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also provide opportunities for young people to develop skills and confidence in science and research.

We are the founder and co-funder of Nuffield Council on BioethicsNuffield Family Justice Observatory and the Ada Lovelace Institute

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 09:00am (BST) on Thursday 16th June 2022, with interviews taking place the w/c 27th June 2022.  

You will be required to complete some questions as part of this application process, and you are also required to upload an up-to-date copy of your CV. The Applied platform lets you save an application and resume it ahead of submitting before the application deadline. 

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