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Director, Justice

The Nuffield Foundation’s mission is to advance social well-being, and we believe this depends on people’s ability to gain education and skills, to access social and economic resources, and to exercise their rights, particularly in relation to the State.

In 2017, we published a new strategic plan, setting out an ambitious programme of work that will see our charitable expenditure increase to at least £70 million over the next five years as we refocus our funding priorities to meet the social, demographic, technological and economic challenges facing UK society.  

Central to this strategy is our work to facilitate evidence-based change within the justice system, with the aim of improving outcomes for people who are seeking to resolve legal disputes, or who require protection. This includes what happens in courts and tribunals, but also in alternative mechanisms for redress outside the formal system.

We are looking for a Director of Justice to lead our work in this vital area and to contribute to the overall leadership and management of the Foundation. This will include leading the development of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, which aims to support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system in England and Wales.

The Director of Justice will also take strategic oversight of our justice research portfolio, working closely with our grants team, grant-holders, and the wider justice community to ensure the availability of data and evidence to understand the rapid and systemic changes in the justice system and their impact on individual citizens, particularly those who are vulnerable.

You will be an excellent communicator and critical thinker, with sound knowledge of both complex research design and the policy and practice context to which it is relevant. In addition to your expertise in justice, you will understand the connections with our other main areas of work, in education and welfare, and take a collaborative approach both within the Foundation and with external stakeholders.

This is a rare opportunity to join the senior team of a financially and politically independent charity, and to have a significant impact on the research and policy agenda for the justice system in England and Wales. 

How to apply

The Nuffield Foundation is working in partnership with the executive search firm Society to recruit this post. For details of how to apply or to request a conversation, visit their website.

This role is based in our central London offices in Bedford Square, and offers a competitive salary.