It’s an exciting time at Involve. We’re at the forefront of pioneering the uptake of participatory and deliberative practice in public life, and as an Engagement Lead you will be at the heart of this work to improve UK democracy.

As Engagement Lead you will play a central role in our team – developing, leading and managing significant projects for us, including citizens’ assemblies, citizens’ juries, deliberative workshops, and participatory processes. You will need to have excellent project leadership and project management skills, as well as the ability to build and maintain good relationships with a wide variety of people, including members of the public, project partners, colleagues and decision-makers.

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Key responsibilities

Leading and managing projects

  • Leading the delivery of small, medium and large projects, including project managing major projects;
  • Designing participatory and deliberative processes, and leading the facilitation of major events;
  • Leading relationship management with partners and clients, including at a senior level;
  • Writing and quality assuring reports and other outputs;
  • Line managing other staff and associates;
  • Representing Involve to external audiences, including at a senior level, and conducting media interviews;
  • Complying with Involve’s internal systems, policies and processes.

Project development

  • Developing impactful and sustainable projects, and attracting funding, in line with Involve’s vision, mission, and strategy;
  • Leading the development of fundraising proposals and tender responses, including budgeting for projects and programmes.

Contributing to all-team activities

  • Leading significant elements of Involve’s organisational development;
  • Participating in team meetings, strategy- and away-days.

Key competencies

Essential competencies

Applicants must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Excellent project manager, able to manage and prioritise a diverse workload; deliver key project elements on time, on budget and to a high standard; and provide robust management of project finances, budgets and reporting;
  • Public participation specialist, able to advise public servants on designing and delivering effective engagement;
  • Experienced facilitator, able to design and deliver participatory and deliberative events, workshops and meetings of all sizes;
  • Shrewd communicator, able to make reliable judgements about which messages should have priority, what level of detail is appropriate, and how to adapt communications for specific audiences;
  • Effective networker, able to build and manage relationships with a range of people – from members of the public and civil society groups to civil servants and politicians;
  • Committed team player, embodying our values of collaboration, equality, independence, purpose and quality, and passionate about furthering our vision.

Desirable competencies

The following competencies are desirable:

  • Effective fundraiser, able to identify and secure funding for programmes and projects that advance Involve’s vision, mission and strategy;
  • Astute entrepreneur, able to develop and execute creative new ideas, and build impactful new projects in pursuit of our vision and mission.
  • An effective people manager, able to support staff to be their best, and lead effective teams.

Practical details

Job Title Engagement Lead
Pay Band £36,490 - £46,915, depending on experience
Hours Full time, 35 hours per week
Holiday 25 days annual leave + bank holidays + the period between Christmas Day and New Years Day
Start date As soon as possible
Location Flexible
Reporting to Director of Innovation & Practice
Application deadline 9 am, Tuesday 31st August 2021

We’re actively building a diverse team and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We aim to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they work with.

We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process, and to working arrangements, according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances.

The following benefits are available to staff:

  • Annual training budget of £1,000 for each member of staff;
  • Workplace pension with employer contribution of 5%;
  • Childcare vouchers;
  • Phone/data allowance of £13.50 per month;
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave packages for qualifying employees.

How to apply

Find out more about the role by downloading the job description.

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Applications should be completed via the online form by 9am, Tuesday 31st August 2021.

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Application process

The application should be completed online by 9 am, Tuesday 31st August 2021. The online form can be accessed here. It consists of seven sections:

1. Personal details;

2. How you heard about this vacancy;

3. Diversity monitoring (this 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 summary 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 summary 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)
  • Education history.

6. Two professional references;

7. Declaration.

Key points:

  • Your application will be blind reviewed, to ensure fairness. Your personal details and diversity monitoring information will not be accessible to 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 their application form to demonstrate their ability to perform the role, using examples from their career and 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 if they ignore the application instructions above.
  • This post is only open to candidates who have the right to work in the UK.

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If you are unable to complete your application via the online form, please contact


The deadline for submitting applications is 9 am, Tuesday 31st August 2021. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than Monday 6th September 2021.

Interviews will be held online on Thursday 9th September 2021.