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Head of Work and Welfare

Centre for Social Justice
£40000 - £60000 per annum
Closing date
28 Dec 2021

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Head of Work and Welfare
Westminster, London (flexible working may be considered)
About Us
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is a not-for-profit organisation that fights the causes and impact of poverty across the UK. We have built a network of over 400 small grassroots charitable organisations which enable us to learn from those who understand the true nature of poverty and work to help people reach their potential.
We are currently looking for a Head of Work and Welfare to join our busy team on a permanent, full-time basis and lead our Work & Welfare Unit.
The Benefits
- Salary of £40,000 - £60,000 per annum, dependant on experience
- 25 days’ holiday per annum (plus Bank Holidays and additional time 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
If you have a strategic mindset, excellent people skills and are passionate about changing people’s lives for the better, this is a brilliant opportunity to join an organisation with social justice at its core.
Joining a highly skilled and motivated team, you’ll play a critical role in driving our work on employment, opportunity, welfare and wider economic issues, enabling us to help people reach their potential, whatever their background.
So, if you are eager to use your skills and experience to help shape our important work, we want to hear from you!
The Role
As the Head of Work and Welfare, you will lead our Work & Welfare Unit, ensuring the delivery of high-quality policy research, media and campaigns.
In this critical role, you’ll plan and implement our manufacturing and levelling-up research project, looking at policy levers to create more skilled industrial jobs in under-invested regions.
You’ll positively engage with, and learn from, charities, community leaders and experts, using their knowledge, experience and expertise to influence and support our own research.
In addition, you will speak with policy-makers, including ministers, MPs and advisors, sharing key policy recommendations aimed at preventing welfare dependency and creating higher quality jobs throughout the UK.
In this role, you will also:
- Plan and implement projects on work and opportunity
- Plan and deliver a campaign and networking strategy for our Work & Welfare work
- Represent our organisation at events and help raise vital funds for the unit
- Promote our research on national and local media
About You
To join us as the Head of Work and Welfare, you will need:
- A strong understanding of UK politics including the operation of government departments, budgets, fiscal policy events, parliament and legislation
- The ability to work with, learn from and inspire a wide variety of stakeholders in and around employment and welfare policy
- A strong vision for social justice and to be capable and willing to engage with public debate and the media to robustly advocate the policy positions you will help shape
- A strong strategic mind-set
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- A commitment to excellence and high standards of professionalism
- To be well-organised with a high degree of personal integrity
Experience and knowledge of employment, welfare and economic policy would be beneficial to your application.
The closing date for applications is the 2nd January 2021. Early applications are encouraged as shortlisting will be undertaken throughout the process.
This is a full-time role working 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday.
Other organisations may call this role Work & Welfare Programme Lead, Senior Programme Lead, or Head of Research and Campaigns – Work & Welfare.
Webrecruit and CSJ are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
So, if you are committed to positively changing people’s lives by joining us as the Head of Work & Welfare, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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