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Director | The Runnymede Trust

Join the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank as their new Director. This is a hugely rewarding and multi-faceted role where you will be the guardian of Runnymede's unique history and a key architect of its future.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Up to £60,000, depending on experience

About the role

Established in 1968, Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent think tank challenging race inequality, generating intelligence to challenge race inequality in Britain, through research, network building, leading debate, and policy research. Our work focuses on building a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging. We act as a connector between communities and decision makers and play a critical role in providing evidence and insight to effect change.

Our current Director, Dr Omar Khan, is leaving us after many successful years to take up the role of Director at the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO). Under his leadership, Runnymede has continued to extend its work and build its excellent reputation. He leaves a strong legacy and robust organisation with a sound funding base, a highly capable and committed team and a diverse board of trustees. The new Director will have the scope to lead and develop our next strategy, continue to collaborate across the race equality sector and foster relationships at both institutional and civil society level.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for a versatile and intellectually agile leader with a demonstrable commitment to equality and social justice and a good understanding of the history and current developments in race equality or equivalent in a closely related field. You will be a credible ambassador, possess sophisticated communication skills and have the political acuity to engage with and influence a wide range of stakeholders – from grassroots community organisations to senior policy makers and the media.

You will bring a strong strategic mindset balanced with a pragmatic skillset to effectively manage and enhance the operations of a small charity. Experience of commissioning and leading research is essential, as is your track record in successful income generation and developing strong relationships with funders. We are looking for an enabling and nurturing leader who can inspire, support and develop our team and be a collaborator across the race equality sector to reach better outcomes.

This is a hugely rewarding and multi-faceted role. You will be the guardian of Runnymede’s unique history and a key architect of its future, continuing to build its important and well-respected role in the evolution of a fair society.

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th June 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from the Chair, Sir Clive Jones KCMG CBE

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for showing an interest in the role of Director at Runnymede. I hope you will take the time to look through this candidate microsite which tells you more about our work and the role of the Director.

Runnymede has been the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank for more than half a century.

Established in 1968, Runnymede has always worked to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives and share a common sense of belonging.

We are looking for a talented individual who will lead this work by heading up our research, aiding our network building, leading debate and our policy engagement.

Maintaining the independence, neutrality and integrity of Runnymede’s research is as important in the challenging environment of the twenty first century as it was in the twentieth.

We are a trusted, award-winning organisation striving to achieve a fair and just multi-ethnic Britain. We are looking for an inspiring leader that shares our values and has the vision, ambition and energy to take Runnymede forward to further success

Best wishes,

Sir Clive Jones KCMG CBE
Chair of Trustees

About The Runnymede Trust

Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, generating intelligence to challenge race inequality in Britain, through research, network building, leading debate, and policy research.

Runnymede is working to build a Britain in which all citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities, lead fulfilling lives, and share a common sense of belonging.

In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis.

Our authoritative research-based interventions in social policy and practice, and our public engagement with decision makers, will assist policy-makers, practitioners, and citizens, to reduce the risk of our society being blighted by racism and discrimination to the detriment of us all.

Runnymede is independent and a charity and is funded by donations.

Runnymede Strategic Goals : 2020-2025

Theme A. Embedding our right to belong

Goal 1. Improve engagement with & understanding of Britain’s colonial and migration history, across our five core audiences.

Goal 2. Protect UK Human Rights and Race Equality legislation & ensure the latter is better understood and better implemented across our five core audiences.

Goal 3. Build momentum for an equalization of citizenship rights & increase voter registration among BME people.

Theme B. Challenging punitive State policies

Goal 4. Enhance public awareness & pressure against the most punitive policies affecting BME people (i.e. policing and immigration enforcement) + Develop and popularize policy alternatives for an enabling and nurturing State.

Goal 5. Counteract the effects of central government policy by influencing & supporting local policy-makers in enhancing race equality & belonging at the local level.

Theme C. Tackling economic inequality

Goal 6. Improve knowledge and understanding of race, class & gender inequality as both significant and inseparable from each other, across our five core audiences.

Goal 7. Obtain ethnic pay gap reporting and ensure ongoing transparency & accountability over publicly recorded ethnicity data.

Theme D. Winning hearts & minds

Goal 8. Empower the anti-racist movement and our five core audiences with stronger and more effective race equality messaging.

Goal 9. Influence & support the media and the social justice sector in adopting a more systematic understanding of racism, of its implication for their area of work, and of how to adapt their messaging accordingly.

Theme E. Working Effectively & Creatively Together

Goal 10. Foster better systems for teambuilding, staff development and well-being to ensure that Runnymede is a workplace where staff feel supported and valued.

Goal 11. Diversify and grow our income portfolio and capacity, for the direct purpose of fulfilling the other goals.

Goal 12. Maintain and develop relationships with external stakeholders at both institutional and civil society level, for the direct purpose of fulfilling the other goals.

Goal 13. Maintain the ability to respond to threats and opportunities relating to all the other goals.

Our five core audiences are:

  • Policy-makers
  • Journalists
  • Academics
  • Fellow organizations in the social justice/equality/charity sector
  • General public of supporters and ‘persuadables’

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If you would like more information, or wish to have an informal conversation about the role, you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply:

Please submit a CV and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the role profile. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Director, The Runnymede Trust” into the subject field.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 8th June 2020
Longlisting: 6pm, Monday 15th June 2020
Preliminary interviews: Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Shortlisting: 6pm, Monday 29th June 2020
Final panel interviews: Friday 17th July 2020

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