Job Posting: Assistant Director - Policy and Practice

Job Title: Assistant Director – Policy and Practice

Location: Laudato Si' Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford.

Status: 4-year, fixed-term appointment from start date

Salary: £38,017 – £48,114 depending on experience

Hours: Full time (40 hours)

Deadline for application: 15 November 2020



Formed in 2019, the mission of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute (LSRI) at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, is to conduct cutting-edge multidisciplinary research for societal transformation on the most pressing ecological and social issues of our day. Rooted in theological and philosophical wisdom, it aims to serve higher education, ecclesial communities, and practitioners by fostering dialogue, inspiring innovative research, and promoting change for the common good.

By harnessing the intellectual resources of the academy and religious traditions to address the integrated challenges of social and ecological degradation, the LSRI aims to provide support for those actively engaged in effecting local and global change, with a particular focus on higher education, ecclesial ministry, and public engagement. Through these alliances and partnerships, we seek to bring the concerns of the world’s most vulnerable communities into the heart of our research leading to new fundamental research and new ways of promoting global change.

All staff at Campion Hall are employed by the Jesuits in Britain under its legal name the Society of Jesus Trust: registered charity numbers 230165/SC040490.

Overview of the Role

Addressing the root causes of social and environmental degradation requires systemic shifts in policy and practice at all levels of society: in international governance, national policy, regional and urban development, the financial sector, businesses, global value chains, educational institutions, churches, families, and many others.

The role of the Assistant Director – Policy and Practice will be to engage with a large range of institutions to enact policy and social change towards a more sustainable and just future in the light of the vision set out in Laudato Si’. A principal component of the role is to network and facilitate the translation of academic research and ideas into tangible action for social transformation at all levels of society. S/he will mediate between academic research on integral ecology, on the one hand, and national and global policy actors, global civil society actors, faith communities, and the public at large, on the other. S/he will also work with other allied institutions involved in the post-pandemic reconstruction and building fairer and more sustainable economies and societies.

The successful candidate will have an academic background in an area relevant to integral ecology and a wide experience of networking with government, economic, and civil society actors at national and global levels. The successful candidate will need to be able to understand academic work in the sciences, social sciences, and theology, and be a skilled networker with excellent public communication skills, able to facilitate the translation of insights from academic research into social change. The main role of the candidate will be:

  • To strengthen collaborations with and across institutes involved in social change;
  • To engage with economic and policy actors and civil society organisations and to help them embed in their strategies and activities the ecological conversion called for in Laudato Si’;
  • To participate in policy and practice platforms, public speaking, and media engagements.

In order to make the position best fit the most successful candidate’s skills and experience, we ask applicants to write a 1,500-word description of their vision for this role, how they would work, how they intend to prioritize and strengthen collaborations, which activities they would undertake in order to motivate and bring about systemic economic, policy, and social changes in a way that reflects the mission of the LSRI. We also require a cover letter highlighting those aspects of their background which demonstrate the fit to this position and describing reasons for their interest.

The post holder will be directly responsible to the LSRI Director.

Selection Criteria


  • PhD in a relevant field in integral ecology, with a preference for economics and the social sciences, and an ability to understand works of scientific and theological inquiry
  • Experience of engaging with economic, government, and civil society actors both in a national UK context and international context
  • Ability to work as a member of a small, flexible, and highly-motivated team in a dynamic start-up environment.
  • Ability to communicate academic research to a wide audience
  • Entrepreneurial in developing new initiatives with allied faith-based and practice-oriented organizations
  • Networking skills and ability to work across different sectors
  • Evidence of public engagement


  • Academic publications
  • Sufficient understanding of and sympathy with the mission of the Catholic Church

Appointment process

Application needs to include:

  • A cover letter in which the applicant explains what qualifications and experience s/he has for the position;
  • A 1,500-word description of how the applicant conceives of his/her role as Assistant Director– Policy and Practice at the LSRI;
  • A full curriculum vitae showing relevant experience and qualifications;
  • Names of three potential referees, including one from the applicant’s present employer, with their emails and other contact details.

The application should be submitted to the Associate Director, Dr. Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser ( by 15 November 2020.

Shortlisted candidates for the post will be invited to an online interview with LSRI staff and the Master of Campion Hall.

The appointment will be made subject to proof of the right to work in the UK and the receipt of three satisfactory references. Some assistance with visa processes will be available if required for the successful candidate.

Terms and Conditions

Starting Salary: £38,017 – £48,114 per annum, depending on experience

Line Manager:  LSRI Director

Start date: 1 January 2021, or prior if possible