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Head of Work & Opportunity

Closing date: 12 Jul 2022

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Website Centre for Social Justice

Established in 2004, the Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of acute social problems in the UK and aims to address them through recommending to government practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst multiple disadvantage and issues of injustice every possible opportunity to reach their full potential. The majority of the CSJ’s policy work is organised around five pathways to poverty, first identified in our ground-breaking 2007 report, Breakthrough Britain. These are: family breakdown; educational failure; economic dependency and worklessness; addiction; severe personal debt. In March 2013, the CSJ report It Happens Here, shone a light on the horrific reality of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. This report led to the passing of the Modern Slavery Act, which gained Royal Assent in March 2015. Our work in the field of addiction and recovery has seen us influence government policy through our report ‘Road to Recovery’ and its associated campaign, as well as our advocacy within Westminster.

The Role

The Centre for Social Justice is seeking a Head of Work & Opportunity to work in our busy Westminster office. This senior role will be instrumental in driving the CSJ’s work on employment, opportunity, skills, the labour market, welfare and wider economic issues. The successful candidate will lead the CSJ’s Work & Opportunity Unit and ensure the delivery of high-quality policy research, media and campaigns. The purpose of the Unit is to drive policy aimed at improving labour market outcomes for the most disadvantaged, preventing welfare dependency and creating higher quality jobs throughout the whole UK, thereby helping people reach their potential, whatever their background. Initially, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading and delivering the CSJ’s research project on the UK manufacturing sector and regional levelling-up, which is considering policy levers to facilitate the creation of more skilled industrial jobs in historically under-invested in regions. While experience and knowledge of employment, welfare and economic policy is desirable, we will consider excellent candidates from other backgrounds who have the necessary research and advocacy skills for the role, if they share the CSJ’s values, ethos and vision.

The Person

This role would suit a strategic individual, who is able to work well with a wide variety of senior stakeholders, and who is committed to and passionate about changing people’s lives for the better.

The characteristics we are most looking for are:

  • An engaging individual, who is able to work with, learn from and inspire a wide variety of stakeholders in and around employment and welfare policy
  • Someone with a strong vision for social justice capable and willing to engage robustly with public debate and the media to advocate the policy positions you will help develop
  • Someone with a strong understanding of UK politics including the operation of Government departments, budgets, fiscal policy events and their surrounding processes, Parliament, legislation, select committees, etc.
  • Someone with a strong strategic mind-set, able clearly to articulate plans both verbally and in writing
  • Someone who shares the CSJ’s policy and wider values
  • Someone who is able to design and undertake high-quality research and campaigns (relevant transferable skills and experiences will be considered alongside direct experience), including excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to excellence and high standards of professionalism
  • Well-organised and with a high degree of personal integrity and enthusiasm for working as part of a wider team

Main Responsibilities

The Head of Work & Opportunity will lead the CSJ’s Work & Opportunity Unit. Responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Writing and editing high-level content and preparing it for publication, primarily long-form policy reports, but also blogs and articles, including delivering on existing work streams
  • Leadership in forming new policy projects and determining the direction of the Unit, as part of a wider Policy team • Be the CSJ’s “go-to” on policy issues around work and welfare, including Universal Credit
  • Ongoing advocacy and political engagement around the Unit’s existing work
  • Positively engaging with and learning from charities, industry, community leaders and experts by experience
  • Engaging policy makers including ministers, MPs, advisers and officials with persuasive policy recommendations, and developing an effective campaign and networking strategy
  • Engaging with Boards and external stakeholders
  • Promoting the CSJ’s research on national and local media
  • Supporting fundraising efforts for the Unit
  • Be part of the wider CSJ team seeking to tackle poverty in the United Kingdom
  • Managing research staff

To apply for this job please visit www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk.

Other benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to help us reverse the root causes of poverty and support the CSJ’s work to address addiction in the UK.

Additional benefits include:

  • Salary: competitive, DOE
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum (plus Bank Holidays and additional days off between Christmas and New Year)
  • Pension plan with employer contribution of 3%
  • Flexible working conditions • Tenancy deposit and season ticket loan scheme
  • Excellent team culture

How to apply

Please send your CV (max two sides of A4), and an accompanying letter (max two sides of A4) outlining how you meet the requirements of the role, to [email protected]

Closing date – 12th July 2022.

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Job Details

Organisation: Centre for Social Justice

Location: Westminster, London

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 12 Jul 2022

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: No

About the Organisation

Established in 2004, the Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of acute social problems in the UK and aims to address them through recommending to government practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst multiple disadvantage and issues of injustice every possible opportunity to reach their full potential. The majority of the CSJ’s policy work is organised around five pathways to poverty, first identified in our ground-breaking 2007 report, Breakthrough Britain. These are: family breakdown; educational failure; economic dependency and worklessness; addiction; severe personal debt. In March 2013, the CSJ report It Happens Here, shone a light on the horrific reality of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK. This report led to the passing of the Modern Slavery Act, which gained Royal Assent in March 2015. Our work in the field of addiction and recovery has seen us influence government policy through our report ‘Road to Recovery’ and its associated campaign, as well as our advocacy within Westminster.

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