£44,413 - £60,088 per annum, plus benefits
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as a Senior Advisor in the Education and Skills team in London.
The position will involve working on and managing projects across the Education and Skills team, as well as engaging with partners inside government and the Education and Skills sector to develop new project opportunities. Tackling challenges in this area, some of the highest priorities in government, will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to oversee projects of work that apply knowledge of behavioural insights to some of the UK’s most pressing problems.
Outside this main function, the role will also include line management of members of the Education and Skills team, feeding into cross-cutting BIT policy work and supporting internal BIT corporate activities. The candidate in this role will need to be able to effectively liaise with schools, colleges, academics and policymakers.
The then Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.
The Behavioural Insights Team works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects varies considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we measure everything we do as robustly as we can.
As well as displaying professional excellence, BIT selects staff on the basis of our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.
This role will be filled by someone who has excellent knowledge of the education and skills policy area (UK and internationally) and the behavioural science literature. As a Senior Advisor in the education and skills team, you will be responsible for leading projects (e.g. teacher recruitment and retention, essential life skills) and line managing team members and providing expert advice on YES policy. This will include ensuring projects are managed and delivered to tight deadlines and within budget. In doing you will be expected to demonstrate the value of the behavioural insights approach to the YES policy areas.
Alongside the management of projects and team members, you will also be responsible for helping to develop new project opportunities in the education and skills area either with government or other organisations within the sector.
Working with team members, you will be expected to make a substantial contribution to BIT’s education and skills policy thinking, developing powerful new insights. You will also be expected to demonstrate the pragmatism and agility to apply these new insights in the field whilst respecting the requirements and limitations of our partners.
The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the management of projects forward, including by managing key relationships with stakeholders including academics, education providers, educators and schools. The role will also involve developing policy notes, running large workshops, undertaking quantitative and qualitative research, preparing publications and research papers.