Director of Economy

Recruiter
Harris Hill
Location
London
Salary
£65k - 70k per year + (Negotiable)
Posted
29 May 2018
Closes
26 Jun 2018
Ref
HQ00037259
Contact
Harriet Mountain
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Director of Economy - £65,000(negotiable) + Excellent Benefits

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has a mission to enrich society through ideas and action, driving change and enlightenment for the 21st century, and Harris Hill are proud to be recruiting for this exceptional role.

Having been at the forefront of social change for over 260 years, the RSA encourages and facilitates collaboration between networks on innovative solutions for today's most pressing social challenges through activities including cutting-edge research, a dynamic Fellowship, global ideas platform and an award-winning journal.

The role
The purpose of the post is to manage the RSA's Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing (EEM) programme, working closely with the Director of ARC, ARC Directors, and other staff to ensure that the EEM programme delivers strong influence on policy and practice; Fellowship engagement; clear impact; a robust intellectual framework and a high profile.

Reporting to the Director of the Action and Research Centre (ARC) and directly managing one Associate Director and 2 Senior Researchers, this role requires an exceptional research, policy and social change leader to take forward their programme of work in AI and ethics, the Future of Work, manufacturing, and economic democracy.

We are looking for an individual who can add to the diversity of discourse around economic policy and practice in the UK at national and local level. You will have the capability to be an influential voice within the public sphere and amongst experts, practitioners and policy makers. You may be an established leader in the field, or equally you may be someone with unique ideas and experiences that can be influential given a platform such as the RSA offers. Like the RSA, you will want to see an ever-greater spread of economic power and the promotion of a creative and innovative economy.

You will evolve the team's strategy and objectives. We will expect the post-holder to develop new project ideas that experiment with new methodologies, as well as tried and tested approaches.

Key responsibilities include:
-Provide both intellectual rigour and persuasive leadership for the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing (EEM) change programme, working closely in consultation with the Director of ARC
-Ensure that all projects are underpinned by sound research, a coherent hypothesis and strong intellectual framework and RSA models of change
-Line management of the EEM team, including recruitment, development, goal setting and appraisal
-Support and lead the team in delivering innovative, high quality, high profile, influential projects (both in the existing programme of work and new opportunities)
-Raise awareness and the profile of the Economy programme and the RSA (in collaboration with colleagues); and fostering, growing and managing relationships with key stakeholders across national and local government, third sector, business, academia, media, and the RSA Fellowship
-Report to the RSA Board, EEM Change Aim Panel and Executive Team on the progress of the Team's strategy

Who we're looking for
To be an ideal candidate for the role, your background will include the following:

Research and Policy
-An ability to convey complex ideas to a non-specialist or non-academic audience
-A track record of producing new and influential ideas and backing them up persuasively with strong evidence
-A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline would be desirable

Relationship Development
-Able to build authoritative, credible, productive relationships with stakeholders (such as Trustees), funders, sponsors and civic organisations to develop, promote and disseminate ideas into real change

Management
-Experience of managing a professional team including managers, and supporting the team to deliver high quality work with tangible impact; monitoring and delivering operational targets, including ensuring the performance of direct and indirect reports
-Demonstrable budget management skills 

Operations
-Proven experience of working at a management level within the public, private or voluntary sector 
-Ability to contribute to the development and implementation of the RSA's strategy

Project Management
-Strong project management skills, including multiple concurrent projects:
-Proven ability to generate innovative ideas and projects 
-Proven ability to generate income for projects especially research and practical projects
-Significant research and social innovation experience,

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