Working directly with the chief executive, this role is at the heart of Brake – the acclaimed charity tackling the global disaster of deaths and air pollution on roads. Traffic kills more than a million people a year and is the biggest killer of young people worldwide. It devastates families, poisons lungs, and is a significant contributor to the climate emergency.
Who we are
Brake’s vision is that we all get around in safe and healthy ways. We have a 25-year reputation for advising government, speaking out in the media, helping people campaign, and delivering the UK’s National Road Victim Service for bereaved and injured families facing shock, grief and turmoil. We have branches in the UK and New Zealand, giving us global-spanning perspectives and influence, including participation at UN level committees. The charity’s values require us to be evidence-led, aim high, and work collaboratively to get the urgent positive change we need.
Who you are
- You are an experienced, ethical, applied research and policy analyst and insights specialist with superb, impactful writing skills.
- Your analytical rigour means you are adept at finding and understanding technical and complex evidence and identifying policy implications and applications that provide big-picture solutions.
- You communicate information and policy positions for non-technical audiences through accurate, insightful, succinct, comprehensible written content that engages people and is delivered to tight deadlines.
- You can also articulate findings and positions in meetings with senior stakeholders, particularly Government.
- This is not a PR role. However, you will work closely with campaign communications colleagues, and have a keen eye for identifying findings that are likely to get us in the media.
In support of our values, this role will: seek out facts and insights through collaboration with academics and practitioners; articulate findings and policy positions; and have a laser focus on achieving positive change through information provision. You will:
- Proactively identify priorities and plans for evidence gathering and content production.
- Gather findings through; research horizon scanning, conducting targeted literature reviews, liaising with academics and practitioners, undertaking FOI questions and surveys, and consulting stakeholders in committees and round tables.
- Draft content, including reports, briefings, funding proposals, grant aider reports, conference programmes, presentations, and a range of other public-facing content for different audiences, including politicians, civil servants, grant-givers, supporters, service users and society at large. Commission and quality assure content by others. Oversee the librarying of content for easy access by staff and our supporters, utilising our cloud-based systems and websites.
- Draft responses, e.g., to government consultations, select committee enquiries, media queries. Propose research-based news hooks for media communications.
- Undertake day to day government, funder and stakeholder liaison and public affairs meetings alongside the chief executive or on your own.
- Provide help with cross-charity internal research and writing, for example in support of our training and evaluation processes and standards.
Excellent research skills
- Track record and proven skills in research and analysis of often complex topics in an applied or policy context, demonstrating a head for figures, technicalities, multi-faceted concepts, and ability to interpret and select findings for a defined purpose.
- An understanding of theories and approaches to research and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and collation, and the importance of using reputable sourcing. An ability to understand and synthesise evidence from different disciplines, using different research methods and/or applying different theoretical paradigms.
- An ability to appraise evidence and research critically and report it proportionately; including an ability to spot poor method and analysis, bogus claims, bias and poor sources - and rebut them confidently, with evidence.
Excellent writing skills
- Experience and specialism in impactful content writing that is evidence-based, well-referenced, insightful, succinct, and comprehensible to tight deadlines. Excellent skills in managing and providing references. A strong portfolio of written and varied examples, conveying evidenced information with no word wasted.
- Adept at tailoring content to different audiences, understanding nuances of meaning-making, diplomacy and challenges of behavioural change, and protecting our reputation.
- Keen eye for a story based on evidence findings, to support a position and achieve impact.
Ability to work as an effective part of an organisation and wider team
- You can collaborate and build collaboration, internally and externally, proactively seeking out academics and practitioners of relevance and bringing them to the table.
- You are adept at being an organisation’s expert representative in meetings, with diplomacy and commercial and political consideration, including ability to lead group meetings to achieve clarity and consensus based on evidence.
- An interest in monitoring and evaluation of impact and basic understanding of data management and GDPR. Ability to manage and schedule own workload and output to deadlines and at pace and to multi-task.
- Curiosity and willingness to learn, seek and take feedback positively, and adapt to emerging circumstance. A personality that is highly driven to make a difference and is outcome-focussed to achieve the charity’s goals.
- Proficiency in all standard office IT systems.
About the team and how we work
- You will be joining a skilled, dedicated and friendly team, with a visionary, dynamic and expert chief executive committed to growing the charity’s impact, and a knowledgeable and engaged Board of Trustees.
- Our team works remotely and encourages use of sustainable transport.
- We are open to secondments and candidates wanting to work flexibly or part time.
- Brake actively promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion. We employ based on skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
- Employees are subject to driver licence checks. If you drive, please note we do not accept applications from serious traffic offenders due to the nature of our work.
- Living within two hours of central London by public transport is advantageous to role.
Please submit your CV and a covering letter (max. 500 words) explaining why this is the role for you to email@example.com as soon as possible. We are looking to review CVs and offer interviews as applications come in so please get in touch.