Mission Director: Sustainable Economic Recovery

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Nesta is looking for a Mission Director, Sustainable Economic Recovery to lead our efforts in improving people’s economic well being in a sustainable way, particularly in the context of COVID-19.

About Nesta

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 drive innovation for social good.

About this pivotal role

Our aim is to help the UK transition to a net-zero economy that works better for people and the planet. To get there, we will be focusing on reducing household carbon emissions and increasing productivity.

As Mission Director, you will think critically about how to tackle this challenge, and work towards practical solutions that help ensure sustainable economic recovery. You will lead a multidisciplinary team to form long-term partnerships, generate new ideas, experiment with potential solutions, and scale up what works. You will also:

  • Oversee and guide large-scale complex programmes of work, ensuring focus on the strategic goal
  • Represent Nesta to a range of externally audiences and act as an expert voice on net-zero policy and productivity
  • Help develop an organisational culture of mixed-methods innovation, in which skills are combined in new ways to produce better outcomes; champion an organisational culture of exploration, learning, development, and rigour
  • Contribute to development and delivery of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals, particularly in relation to the sustainable economic recovery outcomes we focus on

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 a track record in leading programmes that deliver social impact, taking an empirical approach and ensuring results. You have demonstrable experience leading effective teams, and are a strong broker who can bring together the right mix of skills for every project.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please visit https://www.nesta.org.uk/jobs/.

The closing date for applications is the 2nd of November 2020, 8:00am.

First interviews will take place w/c 9 November 2020.

Second interviews will take place w/c 16 November 2020.

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.

Please note: After the job advert closes, your answers will go through a sift process: randomising and anonymising answers for taking out individual information that biases hiring decisions and facilitating us to review each answer by more than one person so you can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. People scoring the applications will not have seen your CV at this stage so please try your best to answer questions without rephrasing your CV, they will see this later! More about the principles behind the blind review process.