Head of Justice Together Initiative - closing date 24 March 2020

Justice Together will launch in summer 2020 aiming to ensure that people who use the UK immigration system can access justice and thrive. The Initiative will invest in quality, free legal advice and national policy advocacy to support the lawful and fair functioning of immigration, nationality and asylum processes. 

Justice Together responds to the challenges faced by the legal advice sector, and evidence that people in communities around the UK are struggling to access justice. It will help people access legal advice and representation, strengthen sector organisations over the long term, and coordinate to achieve wider improvements so that advice is accessible, effective and sustainably resourced. As well as offering funding, the Initiative will support partners to improve the power and influence of people who use the system.

Role Overview 

The Head of Justice Together is critical to the success of this work. The Initiative is seeking an exceptional candidate to lead the initiative, taking overall responsibility for the implementation of the strategy, which will be developed with the legal and migration sectors, with directly affected communities, and the contributing funders. 

The Head of Justice Together will work closely with the Director of Strategy and the Director of Grants at TLEF. The post will be line-managed by the Director of Grants at TLEF. ​

The Initiative Head is responsible for the management of Justice Together. They will be a member of the SMT for Justice Collaborations and will report directly to the Board on matters regarding the Justice Together Initiative. 

The Head need not have a legal background nor is experience as a grant-maker essential; our key requirement is excellence at partnership and collaboration, demonstrated through a track record of social justice impact. The successful candidate will have a passion for defending legal rights, and the values of equality and justice, and will be able to demonstrate personal style that fosters collaboration, inclusivity and trust. Lived experience of the issues facing people in the immigration, asylum or nationality system will be welcomed.

Person Specification

Essential experience and knowledge 

  • Experience of strategic leadership of complex projects or programmes in the social change sector.

  • Experience of working collaboratively and leading or contributing to successful partnerships with multiple stakeholders.

  • Strong project management skills and a track record of successful implementation.

  • Experience of developing and maintaining influential relationships with senior stakeholders including policy makers.

  • Knowledge of current immigration policy context in the UK and its impact on people, communities and access to justice.

  • Knowledge of the assets and challenges of the UK social welfare advice sector, organisations and staff. 

  • Experience of managing and motivating people.

  • Understanding of how funding strategies support delivery of key organisational priorities.

  • Understanding of how evidence, learning and strategic communications can align to influence change.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to produce concise, engaging content for a range of audiences.  

Essential behaviours and ways of working 

  • Commitment to the values of equality and human rights, and a passion for social change.

  • Demonstrable skill in working inclusively, building engagement and trust. 

  • Ability to build positive and effective interpersonal relationships with people of all backgrounds.

  • Ability to multi-task, plan ahead and to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team, drawing on expertise and specialisms of others to make decisions and ensure progress. 


  • Lived experience of migration. 

  • Experience of philanthropy (as staff or a committee member). 

Terms and conditions:

Salary: £55,000 to £65,000 per year for 35 hours per week, depending on experience, plus health insurance and life assurance.

Location: Central London, currently 1 Paper Buildings, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7EU. The post is likely to involve a degree of travel and field work.

The Initiative is happy to consider applications for part-time, job-share and/or flexible working. 

How to apply:

Please limit CVs to no more than 3 pages and your supporting statement to no more than 1,500 words. The statement should outline why you are interested in this position and address how you meet the areas of the person specification set out above. Please draw on specific examples. 

The deadline for applications is 12 pm on Tuesday 24th March 2020. 

It is expected that interviews will take place at the Legal Education Foundation’s London office on Wednesday 1st April or Thursday 2nd April. The process will involve an interview with a panel of TLEF staff, and a practical exercise. This process will take up to two hours. A second interview will be held with a Trustee and the Chief Executive of The Legal Education Foundation later in April. 

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. 

Click here for application form and here for job supporting document



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