VOLUNTEER ROLE

Research and Impact Manager

Ideal time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours per month; flexible

Responsible to: the Head of Education and Outreach

Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.

There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:

  • Outreach work with other Prides, LGBT organisations and bi organisations – our consultation work with local Prides, the UK Pride Organisers Network and local and national LGBT organisations works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
  • Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021,  we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022
  • Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them

The role:

We are looking for a volunteer to take a lead on our internal and external monitoring and evaluation work, gathering data about different areas of our activities to ensure that we are having as much impact as possible and can communicate that clearly to a variety of audiences. This is an exciting opportunity to gather and assess valuable evidence about the experiences of bi communities in the UK.

Sitting within the Education and Outreach department, this role is a crucial connecting point between various departments and teams to help the organisation continually identify areas for improvement and growth. Suited to someone from a research or academic background, and in time including the management of a team of volunteers, the Research and Impact Manager’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and implementing a research and impact strategy for Bi Pride UK;
  • Developing and leading on internal systems and processes for Bi Pride UK to evaluate its different activities, projects, programmes and events;
  • Building and strengthening relationships with the bi research community and represent Bi Pride UK on appropriate external research and/or impact working groups and forums;
  • Ensuring that all research and evaluation projects are driven by an ethical, inclusive, intersectional and voice-driven approach;
  • Creating and maintaining a bank of key research and resources on bi identities and community experiences;
  • Leading on generating and analysing data for briefings, and annual and end-of-grant reports, and liaising with the media and comms department on disseminating findings from evaluation and research undertaken by Bi Pride UK;
  • Advising on and managing requests for Bi Pride UK to contribute to external research projects;
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers to support with research and impact work across the charity.

If we are able to grow this area of work, we hope that there may be opportunities to explore in the longer-term future for externally-funded research and evaluation projects, and even to the development of a Policy function for the charity.

Our team volunteers remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Each team has its own monthly evening team meeting, via conference call; the day varies depending on the team and can be arranged for the most convenient timing for the team’s members. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.

Volunteer specification:

  • Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
  • An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
  • A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions;
  • A team player who is ready to get stuck in with an awesome charity team;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience of working in a research or an academic context;
  • Ability to write research proposals and funding proposals;
  • Experience of writing accessible reports to express research findings;
  • Able to communicate confidently, coherently and sensitively on complex issues of identity, power dynamics and privilege.

Applying

To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to chair@biprideuk.org

The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.