Nesta is looking for a Mission Director, Sustainable Economic Recovery to lead our efforts in improving people’s economic well-being in a sustainable way, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
Our vision is that by 2030, Nesta will have improved the lives of millions of people by designing, testing, and scaling new solutions to society’s biggest challenges.
We have chosen to focus on three guiding missions – equalising life chances, building healthier lives, and supporting a sustainable economic recovery. In each of these areas, we will partner with frontline organisations to generate and rigorously evaluate new interventions, and support their widespread adoption. We will support the creation of new products and ventures, and shape the system as a whole to support innovation.
Working with a range of delivery partners, we will deploy multi-disciplinary teams that bring together capabilities in design, data science, behavioural insights, and experimental research. We believe that by bringing together innovation methods to design, experiment, rigorously evaluate, and scale innovations, we can drive innovation for social good.
Our aim is to help the UK transition to a net-zero economy that works better for people and the planet. To get there, we will be focusing on reducing household carbon emissions and increasing productivity.
As Mission Director, you will think critically about how to tackle this challenge, and work towards practical solutions that help ensure sustainable economic recovery. You will lead a multidisciplinary team to form long-term partnerships, generate new ideas, experiment with potential solutions, and scale up what works. You will also:
- Oversee and guide large-scale complex programmes of work, ensuring focus on the strategic goal
- Represent Nesta to a range of external audiences and act as an expert voice on net-zero policy and productivity
- Help develop an organisational culture of mixed-methods innovation, in which skills are combined in new ways to produce better outcomes; champion an organisational culture of exploration, learning, development, and rigour
- Contribute to the development and delivery of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals, particularly in relation to the sustainable economic recovery outcomes we focus on
Experience and skills
You are curious about new methods, open to contributions and ideas from all sources, and keen to push the pace and scale of our impact. You have a track record in leading programmes that deliver social impact, taking an empirical approach, and ensuring results. You have demonstrable experience leading effective teams, and are a strong broker who can bring together the right mix of skills for every project.