Camden Council - Head of Policy Design

Remedy Medical
Greater London
03 Dec 2021
15 Dec 2021
Professional / Specialist
Contract Type
About Camden

Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive, by making our borough the best place to live, work, study and visit. Because, we're not just home to UK's fast-growing economy. We're home to the most important conversations happening today. We are making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. Here's where you can shape and influence a better future for us all.

The Head of Policy Design is a new role, leading the development of policy design practice in Camden as part of the newly established Corporate Strategy and Policy Design team. The team will lead major programmes of work that support our vision for a 21st century council that delivers on the ambition of Camden 2022. This role will build a team, working with the Director and Head of Corporate Strategy, driving design thinking across the wider strategy family and developing its ways of working.

About the role

The Head of Policy design will play a fundamental role in embedding human centred design within Camden's DNA, supporting us to deliver 21st century relational services based on a clear understanding of citizens' needs.

The role will lead policy design practice, building the culture and ways of working of a new team which will support a radical shift in our ability to solve complex social and economic challenges.

The postholder will build capability across the wider strategy family to work in design-led ways, coaching and supporting staff to build on existing strengths and develop their practice.

The successful applicant will design and lead major, complex programmes of work that support us to make a step change in delivery of our Camden 2025 ambitions working across the wider 'strategy family' including the Head of Corporate Strategy, directorate strategy teams, digital transformation and organisational design.

The role will lead a team of Policy Designers alongside the Head of Corporate Strategy and other senior agile roles that can drive work at pace while maintaining wellbeing of the people. It will work closely with other design leaders across the organisation, to transform the Council's approach to policy and service development, ensuring that citizens' needs are at the centre of our approach.

About you

You will have experience of service design, policy design or social innovation at a senior level.

You will have a clear track record for translating strategic thinking into programmes of work that make a difference on the ground.

You will have a creative, problem solving mindset, able to lead complex programmes of work and create confidence and trust with elected Members, partners and citizens.

You will be collaborative to your core, and comfortable working in the open with colleagues across the organisation as well as citizens and partners. You will be a confident decision maker, weighing risks and trade-offs before making a call and backing yourself. You will be passionate about creating psychological safety and be clear that this is an essential condition for teams to thrive.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance