Job Title: Principal – Coach, Systems Change

Name of Organisation: Forum for the Future

Location: 19-23 Ironmonger Row, London EC1V 3QN


Salary: £39,889- £44,539 inclusive of London Weighting allowance (per annum pro rata)

Your mission

Your mission is to accelerate impact through building the capacity of people, teams, organisations and initiatives in systems change practices. This will include in 2019/20 managing an internal capacity building and coaching approach for Forum for the Future, aligning to the School of System Change and working with our developing learning and knowledge management system.

You will join a team of people working with change makers across all sectors, helping them learn, strategise and facilitate change on some of today’s most complex and pressing challenges.


The post holder will:

  • Design and deliver system change coaching projects and learning journeys to build the capacity of individuals and teams deliver impactful projects
  • Lead on the co-design of an internal global capacity building approach for Forum for the Future alongside the Director of Learning and Community, Learning and Knowledge curator and others across the organisation
  • Work closely and nurture high-level relationships with organisations and other key stakeholders, including foundations, civil society and business, building a pipeline of work and contributing to a wider community
  • Bring in experience and expertise in systems change practices and supporting the capacity building of these practices


About you

  • You are a natural communicator and are confident about how to support complex ideas, processes and practice and translate into experiences - that support different audiences
  • You’re not fazed by anything - including managing your time and budgets, you bring an can do entrepreneurial spirit to your work
  • You understand Forum’s mission, you seek to enact your values and committed to sustainability and you’re already seeing several ways your skills can help us get there, you want to be part of a team who is self-organising and exploring new ways of working
  • You might have a background in learning, systems thinking and or facilitation … Or, you might be the surprise we’ve been waiting for.


Our ideal candidate:

  • Is passionate about systems change, capacity building and its potential to address complex challenges
  • Has experience of working processes that contribute to systems change - which might include applied systems thinking, systems strategy, transformational learning, social innovation, collaboration, sustainability transitions and have different approaches up your sleeve and know how to apply them to different situations and help others do the same
  • Is a strong facilitator, being creative in how you cultivate spaces and experiences for people to build their practice and learning, whether you’re coaching a small group of three people, part of a facilitation team supporting fifty people or cultivating connections on an online community
  • Is adaptive and resilient in the face of complexity and uncertainty and can juggle working across a number of different projects and teams
  • Is effective at highly distributed and networked ways of working, and adept at using multiple approaches and methods


About the team

This post works with the Cultivate international function. The aim of the team is to build capacity for systems change through ventures such as the School of System Change, as well as coaching organisations and initiatives across multiple sectors including foundations, civil society, government bodies, and corporates, as well as collaborative multi-stakeholder initiatives and networks, for example working with the Marine CoLAB, #OneLess, The team also has responsibility for the learning, capacity building and knowledge management of Forum’s own practice. 

This post will work alongside our learning and knowledge curator, the School of System Change global staff and our international teams in Singapore, Mumbai, London and New York.  It will focus most of its delivery work across the European region. 

We are currently developing this area of work and so are looking for someone to be part of an international team who can align with work with the School of System Change and Forums’ systems change projects and help develop this work going forward.

Application process

To find out more details about this vacancy please read the job description.

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter to [email protected].

In your covering letter, you should clearly explain your motivation for applying for the post and provide specific evidence demonstrating how you meet the required capabilities as detailed in the job description. We will not consider applications without covering letters tailored to this opportunity. This information will be used to decide whether or not to invite you for interview. Your covering letter should be no longer than two A4 pages. Please clearly indicate your availability for interviews in your supporting statement.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your CV or covering letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the covering letter. As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we have introduced ‘name blind’ recruitment, to help reduce unconscious bias when screening applications. It means your name and contact details can’t be seen by our recruiting team when they screen your application. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions.

Candidates must hold an appropriate passport or permit to work in the UK.

Closing date: 23:59, 22nd April 2019

Please note we are unable to respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.

Once you have completed this application, we ask you to also complete our Equal Opportunities form.