Director of Policy, Research and Impact

The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but we wish it didn’t have to exist, because we don’t believe that a charity like ours should be needed at all. Though we hoped that the huge spike in food bank use during the pandemic might fall away once the crisis had passed, the figures tell an increasingly worrying story. The rise in the cost of living led to a need for 2.1m emergency parcels in the 12 months from last April, significantly up on pre-COVID levels. So our work of changing communities, changing policy and changing minds about poverty and destitution has never been more important.

In this role, you’ll ensure that the most powerful evidence on poverty and destitution is put to work in the most compelling way, in the places and with the audiences where it can make the most difference. As part of our Executive team, and reporting to the Chief Executive, you’ll support colleagues across the organisation to deliver their strategic objectives. The substantial increase in our brand awareness and our profile over the past couple of years offers a singular opportunity to maximise the impact of that influence and voice, and you’ll be principally accountable for the Changing Policy strand of our new strategy. While we’ve materially improved the ways in which insights from the front line feed directly into policy-making, and in how we measure our impact, there’s still plenty of opportunity in both these areas.

Able to build and sustain strong relationships with stakeholders, including churches, you’ll have an unusually broad professional repertoire that covers external affairs, evaluating impact, data analysis, policymaking, and the design and delivery of research programmes. You’ll share our conviction that bringing those with lived experience of poverty together with food banks, the UK public, funders and other strategic partners can and will create a powerful movement for change. An outstanding professional network – which must include politicians and their advisors, at all levels and in all four nations – and a track record of building coalitions for change are both essential.

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