Director of Policy and Evidence

Location: Hybrid, London EC3V
Closing Date: 12th Jun 2023
Hate Crime Triage Officer and Independent Victim Advocate

Employment Type: Employed

Do you want to make life better for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse?

Galop is the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, providing helpline, advocacy, and therapeutic support to LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence.

Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year. We specialise in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, so-called conversion therapies, and other forms of interpersonal abuse. We are a service run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, and the needs of our community are at the centre of what we do.

We run four national support helplines for LGBT+ victims and survivors of: domestic abuse; hate crime; rape and sexual abuse; and so-called “conversion therapy”. We provide longer-term support to thousands of LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse through our advocacy services. We are person-centred, empowerment-based, and trauma-informed – meaning our focus is always on helping our clients decide what is best for them, and then supporting them through their journey.

We use what we learn through working on the frontlines with clients to work on national and local policy change, to improve outcomes for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence. We build evidence through key pieces of research around LGBT+ people’s experiences of abuse and violence. We push for legislative change, improved statutory guidance for victims, and better understanding of the needs of LGBT+ people around the country.

In the last few years, Galop has grown to be one of the largest LGBT+ organisations in the country, and holds one of the largest evidence bases on LGBT+ experiences of abuse and violence in the UK. Based alongside our frontline services, our policy work aims to improve the future for LGBT+ people in the UK by influencing local and national policy affecting victims and survivors of abuse and violence. Drawing both from our frontline work and our formal research work, the post-holder will put this abundance of evidence at the heart of a strategic approach to improving life for LGBT+ people across the country.

This role works closely with the CEO and Deputy CEO to devise and execute our policy work, as well as owning the strategy for our policy and research work as a whole. The Director of Policy and Evidence will work across the gender-based violence, LGBT+, hate crime sectors, young people, and health sectors as well as being confident and competent around Parliamentary engagement and legislative processes. This is a new post and is an exciting opportunity for an experienced policy professional to shape a whole programme of work for the benefit of LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse.

This role sits on our Senior Leadership Team alongside the CEO, Director of Development, Director of Services, Head of Fundraising and Comms, and the Financial Controller. You’ll be right in the heart of the organisation, working closely with the CEO to set the direction and growth of this work and maximise our impact on behalf of our clients and community. You’ll also act as a spokesperson for the organisation as appropriate, across all forms of public engagement.

If you want to use your skills to help LGBT+ victims of abuse and violence, we want to hear from you.

We recognise that your experience may be from unpaid roles as well as formal employment. We want to know why you’re the right person for this role, not whether you’ve been given the right opportunities.

At Galop, we believe in equity and understand the importance of inclusion for staff with a wide range of lived experience. No matter your age, race, faith, orientation, gender identity, disability, or class, we want you to feel welcome here. To that end Galop has a multi-year Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan in place, currently focusing on equity and inclusion for trans people and people of colour. We are committed to listening and learning, and to constant improvement. We believe it is our job to make sure that all our staff, particularly those from minoritised backgrounds, feel welcome, safe, and able to thrive at Galop.

Galop’s offices are located in London. The role allows for a mix of office work and remote/home working.

Full time (35 hours per week).


Line manages:
Research Manager.

Reports to:

£54,576.71-60,096.02 (including inner London weighting of £4,009.14).

Closing Date
Applications should be submitted by 10:00am on June 12th 2023.  
First round interviews will be held in the w/c June 19th 2023.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further prior to application, please contact [email protected]

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