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Director of Public Services and Communities

Posted 8 January by Harris Hill Ltd Ended

Director of Public Services and Communities

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has a mission to enrich society through ideas and action, driving change and enlightenment for the 21st century, and Harris Hill are proud to be recruiting for this exceptional role.

Having been at the forefront of social change for over 260 years, the RSA encourages and facilitates collaboration between networks on innovative solutions for today's most pressing social challenges through activities including cutting-edge research, a dynamic Fellowship, global ideas platform and an award-winning journal.

The role

The RSA is a leading voice on the future of public services and support for communities and places. In addition to a range of high impact interventions on the future of public services, the RSA recently established two influential commissions (into City Growth and Inclusive Growth) which have stimulated national and local debates surrounding devolution and ensuing economic and social policy. Working closely with government, national bodies, communities, local authorities, and local institutions, plans for the next year already contain ambitious, funded plans to work on major reforms and institutional change.
Reporting to the Director of the Action and Research Centre (ARC) and directly managing two Associate Directors of the Public Services and Communities, this role requires an exceptional research, policy and social change leader to take this work forward as well as contributing to the wider Action and Research Centre agenda for change.

Key responsibilities

Providing the intellectual leadership for the PSC change programme in close consultation with the Director of ARC and other RSA Executive members.
Ensuring that all projects are underpinned by sound research, a coherent hypothesis, a strong intellectual framework and apply RSA models of change.
Support and lead the team in delivering innovative, high quality, high profile, influential projects with clear outputs and outcomes.
Ensure the financial health of the Public Services and Communities Team working in close consultation with the Head of Finance, the COO and the ARC Director.
Raising awareness and the profile of the PSC programme and the RSA; and fostering, growing and managing relationships with key stakeholders across government, third sector, business, academia, media, and RSA Fellowship.
Provide cogent reports to the RSA Board, PSC Change Aim and Executive Team on the progress of the PSC Team.
Who we're looking for

To be an ideal candidate for the role, your background will include the following:

Research and Policy

A proven portfolio of high quality and impactful research outputs with significant and robust policy recommendations.
An ability to convey complex ideas to a non-specialist or non-academic audience.
Understanding of systems and systems change and its importance in public service and community change programmes.
Proven experience of working at a management level within the public private or voluntary sector.
Ability to translate RSA strategy to the PSC team and implement its aims and objectives.
Project Management
Strong project management skills, including multiple concurrent projects:
Proven ability to generate innovative ideas and projects.
Proven ability to generate income for research and practical innovation projects.
Significant research and social innovation experience.


Excellent writing skills with proven impact on specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, particularly with the ability to engage and interact with very high level stakeholders and key partnerships, ideally within the scope of public sector reform.
To apply, please contact Edward Cobbett
As with any RSA appointment, we will consider flexible working requests (regarding both work location and hours of work), particularly for those with caring responsibilities or those in education.

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