Dartington Service Design Lab
Dartington Service Design Lab

Charity number 1099202

We reimagine the way services and public systems are designed and delivered in order to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

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Mid-Level Service Designer

  • Full time or Part time
  • up to £40,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you committed to integrating Design with evidence-informed social research and systems thinking?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including a Mid-level Service Designer. The successful candidate may be based in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied and independent role spanning public system reform, service design and place-based collective impact efforts related to services for children and families. The role involves integrating Design approaches with evidence-informed social science and research approaches and systems thinking methods.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy, collaboration and community participation, with a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need a Mid-level Service Designer who is able to quickly add value and integrate into our team. We are seeking a Designer with at least 3-5 years’ experience, this may be directly in service design or spanning service delivery and project management, ideally within the social sector, and with experience using evidence and research processes. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or, when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences, including lived experience, and abilities

Location: remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 202

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Senior Researcher (Evaluation) (Band 3)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £40,500 – £45,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

Do you feel passionate about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you excited to collaborate with diverse partners to design and evaluate services and complex place-based initiatives?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including a post-doctoral Senior Researcher. Whilst the role will be varied, it will include a predominant focus on leading developmental and formative evaluations (including realist evaluation, contribution analysis), improvement initiatives (including rapid-cycle design and testing) and learning partnerships. These demand mixed methods and inter-disciplinary working (qualitative and quantitative methods, integrating social research, systems thinking and design approaches).

The successful candidate may be based anywhere in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied and independent role – working with great colleagues and partners on multiple projects.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who is able to quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 5 years’ experience of outstanding project lead and delivery within the research or social sector. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Location: remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 2021

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Senior Researcher (Systems Thinking) (Band 2)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £35,500 – £40,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you excited to apply systems thinking methods and approaches in the design, refinement and evaluation of services and complex place-based initiatives?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including a mid-level Researcher with specific skills and experience in systems thinking methods and approaches. In particular, we are looking for a researcher with experience in employing a ranging of systems thinking approaches, including but not limited to system dynamics, group model building and systemic design. These skills will be applied to a range of scoping/mapping projects, service design and improvement projects, and evaluation of complex system-change initiatives.

The successful candidate may be based in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied and independent role - working with great colleagues and partners on multiple projects.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We are looking for someone who can quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 5 years’ experience of outstanding project lead and delivery within the research or social sector. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Location: Working remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 2021

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This vacancy has now closed

Communications and Digital Assistant

  • Full time or Part time
  • up to £20,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you able to use digital tools to communicate our work and engage our audiences?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including an early-career communications specialist. The successful candidate may be based in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied role in communicating our work that spans public system reform, service design, improvement methods, with systems thinking/dynamics approaches.

The successful candidate will support delivery of our communications strategy across multiple channels, as well as strengthening our capacity to deliver superb online workshops and events. They will be able to communicate digitally, verbally and on paper extremely well with a wide range of stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need a communicator who is able to quickly add value and integrate into our team, ideally with experience of working in research or policy environments. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and we are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Location: Working remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 2021

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This vacancy has now closed

Early Career Researcher

  • Full time or Part time
  • up to £25,500
  • Remote
  • Closing 28th July 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Do you want to learn new skills and get involved in a range of innovative social research and design initiatives?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including an early-career researcher / recent graduate. The successful candidate may be based in England or Scotland and will enjoy a varied role spanning a range of social research and service design activities, including evaluation, improvement methods and systems thinking projects. Activities will include, for example, literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, workshop design and supported facilitation.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. This requires a blend of mental agility, practicality, perseverance and an ability to adapt. The successful candidate will be a resourceful thinker and able to communicate well with a range of stakeholders. Key responsibilities and required experience are included in the job description.

As a team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Location: Working remotely from home in England/Scotland, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Start date: Ideally September/October 2021

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Communications and Digital Assistant

  • Full time or Part time
  • £20,500
  • Working remotely from home across Great Britain, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 29th September 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families?

Are you able to use digital tools to communicate our work and engage our audiences?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are boosting our staff with a number of new positions including an early-career communications specialist. The successful candidate may be based across Great Britain and will enjoy a varied role in communicating our work that spans public system reform, service design, improvement methods, with systems thinking/dynamics approaches.

The successful candidate will support delivery of our communications strategy across multiple channels, as well as strengthening our capacity to deliver superb online workshops events, and publications. They will be able to communicate digitally, verbally and on paper extremely well with a wide range of stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need a communicator who is able to quickly add value and integrate into our team, ideally with experience of working in research or policy environments. Key responsibilities are included in the job description document.

As a team, we operate remotely across Great Britain with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and we are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Director of Learning and Impact

  • Full time or Part time
  • £50,500 – £55,500
  • Anywhere in Great Britain, working remotely from home, occasionally co-work spaces, and with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 19th January 2022

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Can you nurture a team culture of reflection and learning? Do you care about applying knowledge and learning into practice?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are creating a new role: a Director of Learning and Impact, sitting within the Senior Management Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring a tight alignment of our project work to organisational strategy, supporting the team to distil learning and insights from our work to help us achieve the greatest impact, and

ensuring that knowledge and learning can be used and built upon by others (within and outside the organisation).

The role also entails wider management and leadership responsibilities, including contributing to organisational decision-making within the SMT (strategic and operational), fundraising, executive leadership of projects and line management responsibilities.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. This requires a blend of mental agility, practicality, perseverance and an ability to adapt to deliver the necessary outcomes.

Candidates should be comfortable with ambiguity and approach new challenges with both curiosity and levelheadedness. As a small organisation the wider team are mutually supportive as we all work closely together. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and able to communicate well with a range of stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need an experienced leader who can quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 5 years’ working at a senior level within the research or social sector.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

As a wider team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we

meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and preemployment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Senior Researcher (Project Lead / Quant)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £40,500 – £45,500
  • Working remotely from home in Great Britain, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 19th January 2022

Do you feel passionate about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you excited to collaborate with a range of diverse partners to practically apply social research and data science skills?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected social research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact.

As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are growing our staff team and are looking for a post-doctoral Senior Researcher. This role is for an experienced social researcher looking to work in a fast-paced, innovative and applied research environment. The role includes developing ideas and proposals, shaping research methods, managing multiple projects and small teams to deliver, forming and maintaining positive relationships with clients and strategic partners, and effectively disseminating outputs and learning from projects to wide and diverse audiences.

We are especially looking for someone who can bring strong quantitative, data science and analytical skills and experience, to complement the wide range of skills and experiences in the team.

The successful candidate may be based anywhere in Great Britain and will enjoy a varied and independent role – working with great colleagues and partners on multiple projects.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who can quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 5 years’ experience of outstanding project lead and delivery within the research or social sector.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Over the last five years we have operated remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

Shortlist
This vacancy has now closed

Top job! Director of Research

  • Full time or Part time
  • £55,500 – £65,500
  • Working remotely from home in Great Britain, occasionally co-working spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 19th January 2022

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Are you committed to advancing innovations in the generation and use of evidence? Do you care about applying knowledge and learning into practice?

Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity focussed on using evidence and design in innovative ways to help those working with children and young people have a greater impact. As an organisation, we have more than 50 years of experience working across the public and voluntary sectors.

During an exciting period of our growth and development, we are creating a new role: a Director of Research. This is a new post designed to help Dartington achieve its new strategy for 2022-2025, deliver upon project commitments and support our staff team.

The role sits within the Senior Management Team (SMT). The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of research methods and project design, ongoing innovation in methods, quality assurance (including promotion of anti-racism and equity through our work), oversight of ethics and safeguarding, information governance, and consistency and codification of research methods. They will provide executive oversight and supervision support to project leads responsible for leading research projects (also leading themselves on a small number of research initiatives).

The role also entails wider management and leadership responsibilities, including contributing to organisational decision-making within the SMT (strategic and operational), fundraising and line management responsibilities.

The work is rarely routine. We are often experimenting and trying to innovate with those who we work with. This requires a blend of mental agility, practicality, perseverance and an ability to adapt to deliver on our ambitions. Candidates should be comfortable with ambiguity and approach new challenges with both curiosity and level-headedness. As a small organisation the wider team are mutually supportive as we all work closely together. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and able to communicate well with a range of stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a focus on using evidence for social good.

We need an experienced leader who is able to quickly add value and integrate into our team, with at least 8 years’ working at a senior level within the research or social sector.

We strive for diversity in our team. If we’re going to design impactful services for children and families, we need to ensure our team is inclusive. Dartington encourages applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

As a wider team, we operate remotely across the UK with regular project-related travel when it is safe to do so. Over the past 4 years we have successfully been using online and video communication tools to deliver our work. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local co-working spaces, and normally, every quarter we meet as a whole team in our beautiful Devon office.

The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.

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