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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This vacancy has now closed

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

Shortlist
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

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