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Research and Development Officer

  • Full time
  • £21,840
  • Edinburgh office with the option to work flexibly from home or from our Muir of Ord or London office
  • Closing 4th December 2023

  • Advertised from 21st November 2023
  • 12 Month Fixed Term – Full time (35 hours per week, flexible working options).
  • Company pension (up to 8%), 35 days annual leave, an employee assistance programme and learning and development opportunities.


We’re on a journey to create fairer communities by facilitating 10 million social entrepreneurs globally by 2030. Do you want to help make this a reality?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Research and Development Officer with strong research and analytical skills who wants to make a difference to young people here in the UK and internationally.

This is a 12-month position run as part of the Rank Time to Shine (T2S) programme. T2S provides employment and unique learning and development opportunities for a candidate (aged 18+), who is currently underemployed, to stretch their leadership potential. It creates a vibrant and sustainable social sector across the U.K., fit to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Your role will be to work with learning and development specialists within our Global Learning Lab team leading on research to identify global best practice in entrepreneurship education for young people disengaged with education. The role would work closely with others in the Academy including our Schools Teams in Scotland and England. You can find out more about our Social Enterprise Schools programme here.

We are looking for someone who wants to work with vibrant, entrepreneurial and dedicated people and colleagues and with a good value-fit with our organisation.

Having the right mindset, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills. We appreciate that the best person might not have all the listed criteria yet so if you feel your experience, skills and attitude will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mindset, we would welcome an application from you.

Job Purpose:

The Time to Shine Placement will lead on research to identify global best practice in entrepreneurship education for young people disengaged with education.

This role will explore what offer exists for young people to engage in social enterprise around the world, including the Academy’s Social Enterprise Schools, and explore how we can share this learning and support the Academy to develop a product ready for scaling internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

All tasks will be undertaken with support and guidance from a dedicated line manager.

The role has three key objectives:

  • Undertake research in global best practice of experiential entrepreneurship learning for young people aged 11-18. Identify critical success factors that focus on activity that enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to re-engage with education and with their own futures and how longitudinal impact of learning is evidenced and attributed.
  • Support colleagues to develop the Social Enterprise Schools product in the Global North to incorporate leadership outcomes, enhancing the self-leadership and teamwork skills of disadvantaged young people. The product would need to be scalable, saleable and aligned with relevant policy priorities.
  • Support colleagues in Social Enterprise Schools, Global Learning Lab and International Teams to develop a Social Enterprise Schools self-serve product available at little or no cost for schools in the Global South.

For a full set of criteria, information about the Time to Shine Leadership Programme and how to apply for this post please download the recruitment pack from our website.

Organisation profile:

At the Social Enterprise Academy, we believe social entrepreneurs play an essential role in changing the world.

We strengthen their role in local communities through transformational learning programmes that will increase their community impact.

Our programmes are accredited, responsive to learner needs, and are delivered by experienced facilitators who are social change leaders themselves.

Since 2004, we have delivered over 1,900 learning programmes to 28,000+ learners in over 30 countries. We have also engaged over 55,000 young people around the world, using social enterprise as a tool to help them reach their full potential and create positive change in their communities.

Application notes

  • Complete the equality and diversity monitoring form (downloadable from our website)
  • Send your equality and diversity monitoring form along with a copy of your CV and a supporting cover letter outlining:
    • Why you are interested in the post and joining the Academy team
    • The experiences, skills and qualities you have that match you with the post’s job description and person specification
  • Send all three documents in Word document format to seahr@socialenterprise.academyby9am Monday, 04 December 2023
  • Please note that interviews will take place via Zoom on 08 December 2023

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