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We're hiring! Engagement Lead Engagement Lead (Capacity Building & Standards

Published on

6 Oct 2023


We're recruiting for an Engagement Lead, to work in our Capacity Building & Standards team. 

The CB&S function aims to build capacity both inside and outside of public institutions to embed the processes, skills, structures and cultures needed for effective public participation in decision-making. This includes work in the public, private and third sectors. 

As Engagement Lead you will play a central role in our team, which includes: 

  • Supporting institutions to embed public participation in their decision-making;
  • Developing and delivering training courses and mentoring programmes for public servants, practitioners and others;
  • Setting up and supporting networks (for example through peer learning networks, communities of practice)  
  • Authoring good practice guides and thought leadership pieces; 
  • Other programme and project management that supports the embedding of public participation and engagement in the UK.

You will be a proven project leader looking to make your next move and develop your leadership and profile in this interesting and important area of public participation work. You will enjoy supporting others to develop and embed public participation in decision-making, drawing on your own significant experience, for example in delivering deliberative and participatory processes. You will need to be able to advocate well for the benefits of public participation and engagement in decision-making.

You will have an appetite to learn, with strong budget and project management skills. You will have the ability to build and maintain good relationships with a wide variety of people, including senior stakeholders, project partners, internal staff and people in our wider networks. You will be a strategic thinker, able to develop new areas of work, ideas and fundable projects that will help the CB&S function to deliver its aims. 

Salary band: £44,353 - £50,247

Location: Flexible. Must be comfortable with regular travel both for project work and Involve team activities. Must be able to travel across the UK.

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week, with flexible or part time considered

Download the job description to read more about the role, its responsibilities, and the competencies we're looking for. You'll find the job description at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

Apply online via the link below. The closing date for applications is 9 a.m. on Wednesday 25th October 2023.


The online application form will ask you a series of questions:

  1. Where did you hear about this vacancy?
  2. Personal details
  3. Diversity monitoring (this section is optional)
  4. Application form:
    • Please outline why you are interested in this role? (Max. 300 words)
    • Please outline your experience relevant to the essential competencies of this role. You will want to refer to the role description and the competencies in the job description. (Max 500 words)
    • Please outline your experience relevant to the desirable competencies of this role. You will want to refer to the role description and the competencies in the job description. (Max 200 words).
  5. A CV of no more than two sides of A4. The CV should include a summary of your:
    • Work experience
    • Volunteering experience (if any), and
    • Education history.
  6. Contact details for two references
  7. Declaration

Please refer to the job description when completing your application.

If you are unable to complete your application via the online form, please contact us at [email protected]

Key points

  • Your application will be blind reviewed, to ensure fairness. Your personal details and diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the assessor. Your CV will only be considered if you score well on the blind review. References will only be taken up upon appointment.
  • We recommend that you prepare your answers elsewhere and copy and paste them into the online form.
  • Candidates invited to interview will use their CV and the application form to demonstrate their ability to perform the role, using examples from their career and/or volunteering experience to-date.
  • Candidates are unlikely to be invited to interview if they state they meet the criteria without providing supporting examples and evidence, or ignore the application instructions above.
  • This post is only open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK.

If you are unable to complete your application via the online form, please contact: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 9 a.m. on Wednesday 25th October 2023. Applications submitted after this date and time will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates can expect to hear by Friday 3 November if they are being invited to interview.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 8 November and Friday 10 November 2023 via Zoom.