Reporting to: Director of Impact & Learning
Contract: Permanent, full time (open to flexible working)
Salary: £48,484 (£51,984 if resident in London)
Date closes:3rd June, 2021 (10am)
This is an excellent opportunity to work for an organisation which plays a significant role in supporting and growing the community business sector across England.
Power to Change is a charitable Trust, established in 2015 with a 150m endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund for an initial ten-year lifespan. Over the first six years, Power to Change supported over 1,000 community businesses and contributed to growing the total sector from 5,500 to over 11,000 businesses in England.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a rethink of our strategy. We have a new emphasis on supporting the community business sector to recover and equipping them better for the future, helping them to reach younger and more diverse audiences, and advocating for them as part of a new economy. We have agreed a partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund which sees an additional 20m investment in Power to Change over a five year period, to 2025 (see here). Our new strategy means that we need to generate 11m of income alongside our remaining endowment and the new partnership funding we have secured.
Since 2015 Power to Change has made significant investments in research, evaluation, and data analysis to better understand whether community businesses improve places, and if so, whether Power to Change has supported them to do so. The outcomes of these investments are evident in the supporting evidence we have provided on our impact to date. As we embark on a new strategy, we intend to deepen this work even further. The Impact and Learning Manager will play a key role in ensuring Power to Change use the latest evidence and insight to fulfil its vision of Powerful Communities, Better Places.
The Impact and Learning Manager is responsible for implementing our impact and learning framework. This framework will direct our research, evaluation and learning for the next five years, providing evidence of impact, and ensuring that what we learn is shared across the organisation and externally. In this role you will oversee a multi-year programme of activity with budget and resources to match. This includes line managing the Impact and Learning Officer as well as managing and maintaining our network of 19 Research Associates.
You will work at all levels of our organisation – from our Board and Leadership team to implement a set of organisational and strategic metrics that link operational objectives to the new strategy, to our Programme Delivery Managers, ensuring evidence and insight inform programme development whilst also supporting them to commission research and evaluations, and consolidate and share their own learning.
You will also face outwards – leverage intelligence from outside the organisation to inform our work, including the potential for developing expert stakeholder panels and training community researchers, as well as plan and deliver dissemination activities to share what we are learning from our research, evaluation, and practice. This includes working with our policy and communications teams to ensure this learning reaches the right people and has a positive impact.
- Work with the Director of Impact and Learning and the Impact and Learning Officer to implement and evolve an Impact and Learning framework for Power to Change. This will include ensuring that outputs are fed back into the ongoing development of programmes and used to inform wider organisational strategy (including Board reporting).
- Provide guidance, technical support and oversight for impact and learning across the organisation. This includes both supporting and leading on commissioning research, evaluation, and ad hoc data analysis.
- Leverage intelligence from outside the organisation to inform our work, including the potential for developing expert stakeholder panels and training community researchers.
- Plan and deliver dissemination activities to share what we are learning from our research, evaluation, and practice. This includes working with our policy and communications teams to ensure this learning reaches the right people and has a positive impact.
- Line manage, mentor, and support the Impact and Learning Officer.
- Manage our network of 19 Research Associates.
- Work with the Finance & Resources team to improve and embed operational processes across the organisation including key impact reporting.
- Work with the Communications team to ensure that our communications and stakeholder engagements are impact led and highlight our learning.
- Work with the Policy team to ensure our activities are evidence-based and aligned with Power to Change’s ambition to influence local and national policy.
- Work with the Programme Delivery team to ensure that our activities are informed by, and build on, our evidence and knowledge, have clear outcomes and dedicated time and resource for learning and reflection.
- Embed and continue to review diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work.
- Build external relationships with private, public and third sector organisations and individuals from relevant sectors.
- Manage the budget for your work including planning, monitoring, and reporting, and authorising spend within agreed parameters, with the support of the Finance team.
- Be an active and engaged colleague, taking part in support, and learning activities.
- Work with relevant partners to broker mutually beneficial relationships.
- Ensure relevant data is maintained on Salesforce, (working with the Data team in Finance & Resources).
Skills and Experience
- Highly numerate with strong analytical skills.
- Demonstrable understanding of quantitative & qualitative social research methods.
- Strong analytical skills and critical thinking.
- Demonstrable ability to understand, commission and conduct quantitative data analysis.
- Experience of successfully managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects with high level of autonomy.
- Ability to convey complex concepts in plain English to non-technical audiences (both in writing and when speaking).
- Ability to effectively build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Budget holding experience including reporting internally and to key stakeholders.
- Ability to broker mutually beneficial relationships with a wide range of partners.
- Good understanding of and experience of working in the social enterprise and/or community business sectors.
- Confident and competent in using IT systems, particularly databases, and Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Teams, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.