Sentencing Academy Head of Research Vacancy

The Sentencing Academy is a charitable incorporated organisation created in 2019 to promote more effective sentencing practices and to further professional and public understanding of sentencing.

In line with our development plans and funding we have successfully secured we are pleased to offer a brand new post heading up our new effective sentencing workstream.

About the Role


Led by the data and research and in conjunction with the Directors, you will help create a hub of excellence for effective sentencing, sharing the evidence with practitioners, policy makers and the research community.

This is an exciting new opportunity that will contribute strategically and operationally to the growth of this new workstream and the future sustainability of the organisation.

About You

We are looking for a talented professional with experience of working in a research capacity with knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system and ideally the skill-set to successfully secure and manage research funding.

You will be goal orientated and motivated to help shape and inform change alongside a strong commitment to collaborate and work in partnership with key stakeholders. You will have an interest in the reduction of re-offending and want to positively impact upon what works in the efficiency and effectiveness of sentencing processes and practices.

What We Offer

The post is offered on a full time basis at 37.5 hours per week, initially as a fixed term contract till 1st January 2026 when it is hoped that this will be extended due to longer term additional funding. An attractive package is offered alongside flexible hybrid working arrangements with up to 3 days per week in the office based in London. The salary for a full-time post at this level is between £44,000 – £50,000.

If you want to join the charity at this exciting period of growth and development and have the skills and experience we are looking for, then please send us a copy of your CV and supporting statement (no more than two A4 pages). This should show how you meet the criteria for this post and what you would bring to this role, and you should email it to Closing date is Friday 29thSeptember 2023 at 5pm. Should you have any queries or questions about this position please contact Sarah McManus on

The Sentencing Academy is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

A job description, person specification and further information about the Sentencing Academy and the Effective Sentencing Toolkit can be found in our recruitment pack at: