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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Researcher

  • Full time
  • £20,000 – £25,000
  • Working remotely from home, occasionally co-work spaces, with frequent business travel
  • Closing 18th August 2020

The Dartington Service Design Lab is an internationally respected research and design charity dedicated to improving child outcomes. We seek a Researcher to join our dynamic team. The successful candidate will enjoy a varied and quite independent role, spanning child development research, service design and evaluation, and public system reform.

The work is rarely routine because 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 without continuous supervision. The person 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 need to be able to communicate well with both their colleagues and our stakeholders. We value empathy and collaboration and a strong focus on using evidence for social good.

We need a highly motivated researcher, equipped with a first, or upper second-class undergraduate degree in a relevant field, and those with a Master’s degree are strongly encouraged to apply as well. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Undertaking evidence reviews to inform policy and/or practice within tight deadlines;

• Assisting with data collection, synthesis, management and analysis;

• Helping prepare supporting materials for workshops, training and other events;

• Drafting and refining reports, presentations and other dissemination outputs (including social media activities e.g. blogs, tweets etc.).

• Conducting research activities with young people, families and stakeholders, using ethical and creative methods to adapt to participant need and contributing to insight synthesis and communication.

Location is flexible, as a team we largely operate remotely across the UK with regular project related travel. We have also been using online and video communication tools well before the impact of COVID-19. Our staff tend to work from home or when appropriate, together in local coworking spaces, or from our own workspace in Devon. When possible, we also regularly meet as a whole team in Devon.

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Top job! Scotland Director – Maternity Cover

  • Part time
  • £50,000 pro-rata
  • Working remotely from home in Scotland, occasionally co-work spaces, with business travel subject to current safety restrictions.
  • Closing 18th January 2021

Do you feel passionately about improving the life chances of children, young people and families? Can you help us create new partnerships, and share our work with the right stakeholders in Scotland? Do you feel comfortable collaborating with diverse partners to design and deliver place-based 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 seek an experienced manager to provide Maternity Cover for our Scotland Director for approximately 10 months. The successful candidate will be based in Scotland and will enjoy a varied and independent leadership and stakeholder management role, spanning public system reform, service design, improvement methods, and systems thinking approaches, as well as data visualisation and communications.

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 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 and driven leader who is able to 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 are looking for a candidate who can bring strong networks with stakeholders within statutory and voluntary services for children and families in Scotland.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic oversight and delivery
  • Project and budget management
  • Networking and fundraising
  • Line management and staff wellbeing
  • Profile and visibility
  • Communications and writing

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.

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