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Director of the Centre for Children and Families

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Department: Policy Research Centre

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 21 September 2018

At the National Centre for Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

The Centre for Children and Families is being founded to build on NatCen’s track record of world class research in the field, against a backdrop of significant challenges for children and young people. Our aim is to make a significant contribution to public understanding of key contemporary issues for children and families including education and learning, early years, parenting and mental health.

The Director will establish and lead the Centre in shaping the debate on modern childhood, working with policy makers and other decision makers to identify evidence based interventions that improve children’s and young people’s life chances.

We are looking for a Director with substantial experience of designing and winning high value projects, forming strategic partnerships, leading teams of social researchers to deliver excellent research outcomes and engaging with policy makers and influencers. You may be an economist, statistician or from any social science discipline. Whatever your background, you must have a passion for applying your skills to real world policy questions along with the influencing skills and ambition to ensure that findings from research have a direct and positive impact on children’s and young people’s lives.

About NatCen Social Research

This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant, forward thinking organisation. With almost 50 years of experience and a reputation for excellence, our new strategy, “Towards 2025” sets out the next stage in our journey to become the National Centre for Social Research - the place that people go to if they want to understand our society; an independent voice at the heart of the big debates; innovative on methods and the new opportunities in social research; bigger and broader in our scope than we are today. The new Centre for Children and Families will play a key role in delivering this strategy.

We offer a friendly and stimulating environment with a high profile, challenging research programme, as well as favourable and flexible working conditions. Benefits include a generous holiday entitlement and a defined contribution pension scheme.

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For an informal discussion about the role, contact our external adviser, Imogen Wilde at Anderson Quigley, on +44(0)7864 652633, email