Communications and Digital Assistant

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

  • Advertised from 25th June 2021
  • Salary: Depending on experience and qualifications up to £20.5k. Flexible: full time (35 hours per week) or 4 days per week (28 hours) will be considered. Permanent.


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

Application notes

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Application timetable:

Wed 28 July 2021 at 23.59 Close

w/c 2 August 2021 Shortlisting

w/c 30 August 2021 Interviews

w/c 6 September 2021 Final selection