Director of Programmes & Community Power Building
Want to play a key role in making the financial system more sustainable, democratic, just and resilient? Believe that the power structures in the system can and must be challenged, and that underlying power dynamics and mental models can be fundamentally shifted?
The Finance Innovation Lab exists to build power for transformative change. We are looking for a Director of Programmes and Community Power Building, part of our three-person executive leadership team, to develop the next stage of our community power-building strategy, and support the talented heads of our programmes to have tangible but transformative impact.
You’ll be an expert in how to work with others to create systems change, a proven programme builder and fundraiser, an empowering manager, and a first class communicator with excellent interpersonal and network building skills.
The Finance Innovation Lab: Transforming the financial system for people and planet
Our financial system has become disconnected from the real needs of people, the environment, the wider economy and society. Dysfunctions in the financial system lie at the root of many of today’s challenges, from climate change and economic crises, to poverty, marginalisation, and inequality.
We believe it doesn’t have to be this way.
The Finance Innovation Lab is a UK charity working to transform the financial system for people and the planet. We work towards deep, lasting change to the financial system to make it democratic, sustainable, just and resilient. We create this change by building the power of a community of systems-changemakers and developing ambitious initiatives that transform the financial system for people and planet. You can read a summary of our 2030 strategy here.
About the role
We’re recruiting for a collaborative Director of Programmes and Community Power Building to join our team as the third member of the Executive.
As Director of Programmes and Community Power Building at the Finance Innovation Lab you will develop the next stage of our community strategy, leading the growth and engagement of our community of systems-changemakers – including activists, campaigners, innovators, intrapreneurs, practitioners and thought leaders – all working towards a financial system that serves people and planet. We are looking for someone to lead our thinking of how to build community power to shift the power dynamics in the system, challenge the underlying power structures and mental models that hold the system in place, and achieve tangible impact that helps build a financial system which is democratic, sustainable, just and resilient.
You’ll have responsibility for overseeing our programmes including supporting programme leads with strategy development, fundraising, and thought engagement. You can read an overview of our programmes in our 2030 strategy summary here.
In all of your work and relationships, you will reflect the unique nature of the Lab’s approach to systems change and our core values: ambition, collaboration and empowerment.
This is a permanent role, but as part of the Executive team, you will share responsibility for fundraising to maintain and expand the work of the Lab.
In this role you will:
We’re looking for an experienced, strategic and effective Director. However, this is a new role and as such there is some scope for refinement of responsibilities, depending on the candidate found. We also know that we are describing an idealised candidate, and fully expect the successful applicant to be strong in some areas, and not in others, and to bring additional skillsets. If you do not meet all of the requirements but still believe you could thrive in the role, please consider applying or get in touch to discuss your fit for the role.
Ideally you will have the following skills and experience:
It is essential that you have a commitment to the aims of the Lab, and a deep interest in the financial system. We need someone with demonstrable dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion; an understanding of intersectionality, and an affinity with the Lab’s approach to systems change and our core values, including an openness to continual reflection, learning and development.
A good understanding of, and strong interest in, the UK financial system is essential.
Working with us
The Lab aims to embody the kind of organisation we think should be the norm: fully human, collaborative and compassionate. Working at the Lab will feel like a mix of work, play and vocation. You’ll build relationships with colleagues you respect and admire and who feel the same way about you. You’ll feel part of a broader community of inspiring change-makers.
We are committed to:
You will also get a 5% pension contribution and 25 days holiday (+ public holidays + leave during the Lab closure week in August).
A bit more on time: Given the requirements of this role we have a preference for applicants looking to join the Lab full-time. Our current full-time hours are 35 hours per week, but until June 2022 the Lab is piloting a 32-hour week after which we will decide whether to implement this approach permanently. The outcome of the pilot is not yet known, but will be by the time an appointment is made.
We don’t want working hours to be a barrier to your application, so if you are keen on this role but looking for part-time hours please get in touch to discuss. Job-share applications are welcome.
A bit more on location: You should be UK-based and able to reach our office in London regularly for external meetings. In accordance with our environmental aims we strongly prefer staff to avoid air travel where possible.
Given ongoing high Covid rates, the Lab team are currently working from home. Longer-term, we’re expecting London-based staff to spend a proportion of their time working from home – the amount can flex depending on the needs of each role and individual. We offer all employees up to £450 to purchase equipment for your home working arrangements, as needed.
First round interviews are expected to take place in mid- to late-June, and we expect there to be at least one further interview. We’re aiming to make an offer by mid- to late- July.
Please note: although we do request you include your CV, we will NOT review this unless you score highly on the application questions, so please ensure you answer each of these fully and carefully including highlighting your relevant experience.
If you are applying as part of a job-share please answer the applications questions as an individual unless otherwise indicated.
We can only accept applications from those who have the right to work in the UK.
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