Chief Programmes Officer

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    £96,000 - £121,000, plus excellent benefits

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    5 months ago

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About Nesta:

Nesta is looking for a Chief Programmes Officer to join our executive team and lead our efforts to create meaningful change in line with our Innovation Missions.

Our vision is that by 2030, Nesta will have improved the lives of millions of people by designing, testing and scaling new solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

We have chosen to focus on three guiding missions - equalising life chances, building healthier lives, and supporting a sustainable economic recovery. In each of these areas, we will partner with frontline organisations to generate and rigorously evaluate new interventions, and support their widespread adoption. We will support the creation of new products and ventures, and shape the system as a whole to support innovation.

Working with a range of delivery partners, we will deploy multi-disciplinary teams that bring together capabilities in design, data science, behavioural insights, and experimental research. We believe that by bringing together innovation methods to design, experiment, rigorously evaluate, and scale innovations, we can be a world leader in driving innovation for social good.

About this opportunity

As Chief Programmes Officer, you will oversee Nesta’s three Innovation Missions. You will support the formation of long-term partnerships, generation of new ideas, experimentation with potential solutions, and scale up of what works. You will play a critical role on Nesta’s leadership team, working closely with the CEO and executive colleagues to shape and deliver every part of Nesta’s strategy. You will also:

  • Support Mission Directors to design ambitious and experimental programmes of work, aimed at delivering measurable results

  • Surface and collaboratively resolve key strategic trade-offs, including when to invest further or divest in specific programmes of work

  • Champion an organisational culture of exploration, learning, development, and rigour

  • Support the development and delivery of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with the media, senior stakeholders, co-funders, government, and external partners

What we are looking for

You are curious about new methods, open to contributions and ideas from all sources, and keen to push the pace and scale of our impact. You have experience in a senior leadership role, with responsibility for decisions affecting organisational impact, profitability, partnerships, and staffing. You have a proven record leading teams, designing and prototyping solutions, and rigorously evaluating what works. You have worked with central and local governments and long-term partners to effectively influence policy and practice.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 5 October 2020 at 8:00am.

At Nesta, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results.

We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements.

Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.