Consultant

Application Deadline: 9 am, 17 August 2020

About The Social Change Agency
The Social Change Agency exists to build people-powered movements that change the world. We are experts in creating social impact using communication, community organising, peer networks, social innovation and systemic and organisational change approaches. provide strategic consulting, communications expertise, workshops, training and programme design to create social impact. We combine tried and tested approaches with cutting edge tools and perspectives. And we offer strategic consulting, programme design and delivery, training, workshops and more. 

We work with a range of exciting clients including DFID, the Greater London Authority (GLA), Blagrave Trust, King’s College London and the Lloyds Bank Foundation among many others. In addition to our client work, we train the next generation of movement and network builders – our training and events attract some of the brightest and best social changemakers. 

We incubate, build and support social movements like the Young Trustees Movement, The Youth Climate Strikers and The Women’s March.  We have brought innovative products to market, such as The Movement Building Canvas, Lost Voices and Accountable. Our training and events attract some of the brightest and best social changemakers, 

We are a BCorp business, Disability Confident Employers, and Living Wage Employer. 

Job overview

The Social Change Agency is seeking a Consultant with a commitment for making social change and keeping people with experience of social issues at the heart of that change. Our consultancy team delivers bespoke, impactful support to a wide range of clients across the UK and Europe who want to increase their social impact, This includes but is not limited to: strategy development, governance, network development and management, research and evaluation, and training.  

The Consultant is an integral part of this team, managing and developing the Junior Consultant, leading on projects and supporting the Senior Consultancy Manager to deliver high quality support to our clients along with managing our hosted peer network.

You will have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in social change, and at least 2 of those years in a consultancy role or similar.  You would have had some experience of managing people. 

You should be used to working with and/or overseeing multidisciplinary projects, and serving as a SCA representative with clients and stakeholders, including mid to senior leadership of major foundations, local authorities, NGOs, and/or corporations. 

Our clients work with us to grow their impact/network/movements so some understanding of network theory and/or social movements would be an advantage, although full training in our methodology will be given.  Experience of working with systems thinking and complexity would also be useful.

The role would suit someone who has a passion and curiosity for the intricacies of how social change happens, combined with attention to detail, an excellent writing style and a collaborative nature to problem-solving with our clients and the team.

You will be managed by our Senior Consultancy Manager, but will work closely with a number of the members of the whole SCA team, including across our new Social Change Nest CIC. Although you will typically be working on 4-8 clients and projects at any one time, we are in a period of growth and flux so you must be ready for the messy, passionate interconnected world that is social change.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The following are key duties and responsibilities of the Consultant:

Client support 60% 

  • Coordinating and implementing client projects development of project plans, fieldwork task schedules, scheduling and preparing for workshops and interviews, gathering documentation, and liaising with client staff.
  • Leading in client management to gain an understanding of client business conditions, risks and controls
  • Quantitative and Qualitative research and report writing 
  • Facilitation of workshops and meetings
  • Some basic budget management on specific projects

Network Support – 20%

  • Managing the Losing Control network and other networks within the SCA portfolio

Line Management – 5%

  • Line management and development of the Junior Consultants

Proposals and Business Development – 10%

  • Support the team to reach the business development targets
  • Developing proposals for submission to prospective clients
  • Sourcing and writing bids
  • Developing new business opportunities

Internal Business Practices – 5% 

  • Identify and make recommendations to improve office work processes as applicable
  • Support with internal activities that contribute to The Social Change Agency’s overall mission and strategy 
  • Provide support as required to the administration of the consulting practice

Skills and Eligibility Requirements:

Facilitation: Trained in facilitation techniques with a comfortable and collaborative facilitation style. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

Network Management & Approaches to Social Change: Demonstrable understanding of networks and/or social movements. An interest in or experience of governance is desirable.

Line Management : Experience of management, with a focus on development of junior staff.

Solid communication skills: Proven ability to communicate and build rapport with colleagues and clients. 

Excellent written style with a keen interest in communicating Qualitative and Qualitative research methodologies. 

Relationship Management: Proven ability to work in a team-orientated, collaborative environment. Willingness and ability to build strong relationships with clients, partners, funders and the SCA staff team. 

Contract Details:

Terms: The role will be full time – although we will consider JobShare and/or Pro rata, with occasional evening and weekend work and UK-based travel (by arrangement).  The role is a permanent one with potential opportunities for growth and development: we are a small, agile agency and are committed to supporting our staff to acquire the skills to move into all areas of our work.

We are open to exploring flexible working arrangements and supporting you to meet other commitments you may have.

Salary: £33,000 p/a

Location: Until the office opens, you will be home based and this must be within 1 hour +/- of BST – and when our staff collectively decide that it is safe to reopen, you will be based in our office in Kings Cross, London.

Holiday:  25 days plus bank holidays.

Additional Paid Time Off: We offer 2 days paid voluntary time off, encouraging all staff to serve as trustees or any equivalent voluntary positions. We close the office with paid leave for all staff in the days between Christmas and New Years.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Please visit our main vacancies page for our equal opportunities statement. We strongly encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Candidates must be fluent in English and have the right to work in the UK independently, as we unfortunately are unable to provide visa sponsorship.

Start date: You must be able to start immediately

Application instructions:

To apply please fill out this application form.

If you would like to see the full list of questions that will be asked and/or edit your answers before pasting them into the form, an outline of the application questions can be found here.

Please note that CVs, cover letters, or copies of the question outline will not be considered.

The recruitment timeline is:
Application Deadline: 9 am, 17 August 2020
Notification of application outcome: 20th August 2020
1st interview: 25 & 26 August 2020
2nd interview: 28 & 31 August 2020

If you should need any accessibility accommodations for this application please do not hesitate to contact us on hello@thesocialchangeagency.org