Research and Development Manager (Adults)

  • Job Reference: 161123_DHR
  • Date Posted: 6 July 2022
  • Recruiter: The Dartington Trust
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  • Location: Flexible – Homeworking + Dartington office or Sheffield office, remote considered.
  • Remote Working: 100% remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £38,592 - £44,738 per annum
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy, Healthcare & Medical, Science & Technology, Higher Education, Charity
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Job Description

Research in Practice works with organisations across child and family and adult services, supporting them to develop evidence-informed approaches to workforce, organisation and system development. We are looking for a talented Research and Development manager (Adults) to join our team. If you have experience of developing a learning programme, supporting organisational change, working in social care, or working in a research setting, then this might be a role for you.

Our ideal candidate will have experience of leading on the design, development, commissioning and quality assurance of a learning programme. They will have experience of working in adult social care, in any relevant role. Experience of using research in practice, and supporting others to use research is also important.

Up to date knowledge of learning requirements for adult social work and occupational therapy and understanding of current learning theory and methods for CPD would both be advantageous.

This role manages a small team of research & development officers and has a leadership role within the organisation, working closely with the Research & Development Manager for our children & families work stream.

With a relevant degree and work experience, you will be an organised, positive and IT-literate professional. You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and used to collaborative working. Above all, you will share our passion for helping others to use evidence to improve the lives of adults and their families. This is a great opportunity to join a busy, committed and passionate team in a fast-paced and varied role.

We believe that by taking an inclusive approach to our recruitment we are more likely to attract a diverse pool of talent and experience. We want to actively encourage Black, Asian or minority ethnic people to apply for this post and all potential candidates can contact us for a conversation to understand more about our values and ethos in striving to be an employer who provides equality of opportunity.

We work with clients across England and Wales from our main office in Dartington, Devon and a satellite office in Sheffield. Candidates can apply to work in either location, and working virtually from other locations would be an option for the right candidate.

Closing date: Thursday 6 July 2022

Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually on 22 July.

About Dartington Trust 

We believe that big ideas can make the world a better place. So our beautiful estate is home to a community of people who nurture new thinking, encourage learning and debate, and work every day to inspire one another. There are many sides to Dartington and that’s what makes our future so exciting. Come and be part of it. 

Dartington Trust is an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and will not discriminate on the basis of protected characteristics. We encourage applications from all backgrounds.


If you would like to find out more, please click the apply button. You will be directed to our website to complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.