Job: Deputy Director - Government Outcomes Lab

Grade 8: £39,324 - £46,924 with a discretionary range to £51,260 p.a.

The Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an experienced and innovative institution builder as Deputy Director of the new Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) for an 18-month period. The Deputy Director will take the lead, supporting the inaugural Academic Director, in developing and delivering the programme of the GO Lab, combining rigorous academic research and effective support to those seeking to implement outcomes-based commissioning.

In spring 2016 the School and the UK Cabinet Office announced their new partnership to establish the GO Lab. Based at the School, the GO Lab pioneers research into new ways for the public sector to commission services while achieving better social outcomes. The GO Lab builds upon the School’s commitment to challenge-focused and practice-based research. It will establish a world-leading centre of academic excellence to advance the study of outcomes-based commissioning in the public sector, establishing this as an area of top-class academic research. Underpinned by its research, the GO Lab will provide practical, on the ground, support to local commissioners, through a mix of in-person and executive education.

The successful candidate will work with the Director closely to develop the strategic vision for the Lab’s development, overseeing its practitioner programme, raising its profile, and building partnerships with a broad range of individuals and organisations. The Deputy Director will design and facilitate the practitioner-focused work of the GO Lab, overseeing the ‘in-person’ support and lead on developing the short courses. The interim Deputy Director will work with the Director to prepare the Lab’s strategic and operational plans for both the start-up period and beyond, and manage the unit to achieve its strategic direction and goals in the context of the School’s strategy.

The ideal candidate will be a practitioner with a strong understanding of outcomes-based commissioning within the UK. S/he will have the demonstrable ability to play a leading role in developing strategic vision for the GO Lab, excellent communication skills and experience in providing policy advice to governments and non-governmental agencies, and a strong track record of building successful partnerships with key stakeholders.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 8 May 2017. To apply, visit the University of Oxford website.