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Interim Head of Research and Impact

Interim Head of Research and Impact

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people?

This is an exciting and busy time to be joining UK Youth. Despite the strain of COVID-19, we are in the process of developing a new strategic plan and direction for the organisation. This has resulted in a number of interim roles becoming available across the External Affairs Directorate. The anticipated new strategy could result in further exciting opportunities.

This role is initially fixed term until the end of December 2020.

About UK Youth

Founded over 100 years ago, UK Youth is a leading national charity that exists to ensure all young people aged 9-25 are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. UK Youth provides young people with life skills, delivered through a network of local youth organisations which make up the UK Youth Movement.

The UK Youth Movement is made up of over 5,500 local youth organisations across the UK. We deliver innovative youth services with a focus on personal and social skills development to more than 100,000 young people every year. We grow effective practice and campaign to increase support for all young people in the UK and the 1.6 million young people reached through our network.

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About the role

UK Youth’s Research and Impact function is a key pillar of our new strategy to sharing and embedding learning across the youth sector. As Interim Head of Research and Impact you will lead and develop a team to deliver UK Youth’s research and impact strategy, with a focus on continually improving UK Youth’s work to ensure young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives.

You will be responsible for leading a number of high quality large and complex research projects and evaluations as well as the Research and Impact Team The Research and Impact team focuses on evidencing, articulating and learning from our work to positively impact on all aspects of the organisation to meet the needs of more young people.

This is an exciting time to join our team in a role that offers you the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young people.

Why work at UK Youth?

We are a value-based, passionate and committed organisation offering a friendly working environment with lots of opportunities for professional development and socialising with colleagues through activities such as office yoga, lunch and learn sessions and potluck lunches; as well as optional out of work social events such as bowling, tennis and baking.

This role will be located at our new Head Office in Westminster, although due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the role will initially be home-based.

UK Youth prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer and we would particularly welcome applications for this role from those who identify under one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, which include race, age, disability, gender, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to inclusivity, and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Our selection procedures ensure that people are treated on the basis of their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities and that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment. We can offer flexibility through the interview process and endeavour to accommodate candidate’s needs.

What we can offer you?

The salary for this role is £38,000 - £45,000 (pro rata) dependent on experience however other benefits include:

• 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
• Pension scheme (currently UK Youth match employee contributions up to 5%)
• Membership of our life insurance scheme which would pay out up to 4 times your salary
• Cycle, tech and season ticket loans
• Employee Assistance programme to support employees both professionally and personally
• 20% discount off bookings at Avon Tyrrell our New Forest Outdoor Centre including, camping, lodges and outdoor activities

We are committed to investing in the personal and professional development of everyone at UK Youth. Every staff member is entitled to 1 days paid development per calendar year in addition to the 2 days charity wide staff training days as well as volunteering leave one full day or two half days per calendar year.

Additional Information

As part of the recruitment process UK Youth will be gathering and uses certain information about you. For further information regarding this please review our Data protection privacy notice (recruitment) which explains what data of yours we process and how we use it.

As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which include criminal record check and employment reference.

Job Location
London, some travel is required across the UK, London, some travel maybe required across the UK, London, UK
Remote work from: This role will be located at our new Head Office in Westminster, although due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the role will initially be home-based.
Working Hours
37.5 Hours per week
Base Salary
£ 38,000 - £ 45,000
Employment Type
This role is initially fixed term until the end of December 2020.
Date posted
June 25, 2020
Valid through
July 6, 2020
How to Apply

To apply please send a covering letter addressing the job description and personal specification along with your CV to

Closing date for applications will be 9am, 6 July 2020

Interviews from the 8 July 2020 onwards.

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Wishing you luck with your application to join UK Youth

Kind regards,
Deborah Woolf
Head of People | UK Youth
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