This is a remarkable chance to join a compelling team of senior leaders.
Our people bring a range of experiences and provide us with both the skills and the confidence we need to shape change at a national level. We are proud of the role we play in developing the future leaders of social change, and many Social Finance alumni are now proud ambassadors in government, foundations, charity leadership and impact investment – both in the UK and beyond.
This role involves identifying (and sometimes creating) opportunities for the world to become a better place, and then ensuring that we follow through and make them happen. You’re likely to be managing relationships between central and local government, social enterprises, foundations, local civic delivery partners and funders. As a senior sponsor of progress within Social Finance, you’ll be helping stakeholders stay committed to the project, and ensuring that we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard of delivery. We’ll also expect you to seek out and engage with emergent thinking in a range of key social impact areas, and engage with influential decisionmakers in a range of sectors to talk about how we might explore these new ideas.
It’s a senior, visible role, and we have high expectations. Candidates must bring a strong and instinctive understanding of how social policy works (or doesn’t), a sophisticated grasp of the macro-level issues in a range of sectors, and the ability to collaborate productively to fill the gaps. You must be able to reframe problems so that they become accessible to new approaches, and – where the evidence backs you up – to advocate for sometimes unfamiliar solutions. Entrepreneurial and creative, you need to be as comfortable influencing policy makers, as spending a day on the ground in an employment project; so exceptional interpersonal skills and flexibility are essential.
We are totally and actively committed to becoming an authentically diverse team, so genuine personal experience of any of the challenges we tackle would be a distinct advantage. Understanding and opposing racism is core to our aims and values, and we’re proud that our Race Equity Advisory Group is already changing Social Finance from the inside. So we strongly encourage applications from candidates who are Black, Asian or from a minoritised ethnic community.
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