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Top job! Head of Evidence and Innovation

  • Full time
  • £52,560 – £59,135
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 23rd May 2021

  • Advertised from 5th May 2021
  • Fixed Term (12 months)
  • Ref: 370483


A unique opportunity to lead evidence-based change

CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, is an internationally recognised leading improvement and innovation centre based in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. Dedicated to applying evidence-based practice change and knowledge exchange to services, we embody the University’s motto of ‘the place of useful learning’.

Focused on improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection and their families and carers, we support people and organisations responsible for their care to make long-lasting changes in services and in the practices and skills they use. An organisation committed to the use of evidence including lived experience, we lead international research on alternative care; work with policy-makers, decision-makers and advocacy organisations throughout Scotland, the UK and the world; generate, analyse and interrogate data; and we work with organisations and people across Scotland at local and national to level to realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review (2020).

Our Head of Evidence and Innovation leads on how we assist central and local governments, organisations, interest groups and communities of practice to develop purposeful and evidence-based ways to drive change and improvement in services and practices. The team covers research and data, policy and stakeholder engagement, participation, and international partnerships. This post will work with University colleagues in establishing opportunities for joint research projects.

You will have an appropriate Phd, with significant experience of directly relevant roles and considerable experience of leadership and management contributing to and realising an organisation’s strategic and business objectives. You will also have extensive experience of leading projects and funding bids for research, research translation and knowledge exchange work.

A member of our Strategic Management Team, you will share responsibility for the planning and delivery of CELCIS’s strategy which prioritises supporting improvements in early help, effective decision making, and quality care, all underpinned by valuing the voice of lived experience. We are seeking a motivated individual with strategic management and leadership experience who can contribute to how we deliver our strategy and meet and exceed key stakeholder expectations.

You will be working remotely at home until CELCIS and the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow).

Funding for the post: Like all the team, the post is funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agreeing the indicative level for the next two years.

Change is happening. Be part of it. Together we can make things better for children, young people and their families and carers.

Apply now.

Application notes

Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Acting Director ( ).

Formal interviews for this post are likely to be held on 04/06/2021.

Equality and Diversity

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing gender equality in academia across all academic disciplines and professional and support functions.

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