Social investment is rapidly evolving and much has been achieved to date, however there is still a lot to learn about what works for charities and social enterprises, and how to drive sustainable change.
Access - The Foundation for Social Investment works to make charities and social enterprises in England more financially resilient and self-reliant, so that they can sustain or increase their impact. We do this through supporting the development of enterprise activity to grow and diversify income, and improve access to social investment. We provide capacity building grants and blended finance to achieve these aims and are also building our role as a learning organisation - sharing learning and knowledge on the changing needs of charities and social enterprises and what models work.
Director of Learning
Up to £65,000, depending on experience
London, with part time or flexible working considered
Launched in 2015 and having reviewed our impact to date, Access is at an exciting time in its development; we have a new strategy focusing on enterprise development with a £40m commitment over the next five years, and have developed a new £10m blended finance programme with funds from dormant accounts.
Sharing learning and knowledge is central to Access's impact and legacy - our ambition is to change the way the sector is supported and financed, for good. Over the next five years, Access will build its role as a learning organisation, focussing on what works in terms of enterprise development and social investment.
We will be listening to the changing needs of charities and social enterprises, extracting as much knowledge as possible from our own programmes and those of others, making the knowledge available in a way that is useful for charities and social enterprises, and influencing key actors in the social investment world and beyond.
We are looking for someone with considerable experience in leading a learning or research function, preferably in the social sector, with a track record of using learning to bring about tangible change. You should be able to make learning practical and relevant and be able to evidence an engaging and exciting written style.
If you thrive in working in an environment where you can shape and develop structures and processes, are collaborative and have a passion for supporting charities and social enterprises, we hope you apply.
To learn more about the role and person specification, please download the full appointment brief below.
Whilst this is ideally a full time role, we will consider 3-4 days a week or flexible working for the right candidate.
Closing date: 24 February 2019
Prospectus Interviews: 1 -15 March 2019
Access Interviews: first interview 25 March, second interview 1 April 2019