We're hiring! Social impact manager

October 23, 2014 Spacehive

Social impact manager

Capturing Spacehive’s impact on communities


Spacehive is an exciting venture-backed social start-up bringing the crowdfunding revolution to the civic world. We are backed by a consortium of leading impact investors who understand that our daring vision offers a powerful, accessible model that can deliver positive social impact on a significant scale.

We were delighted to be included in NESTA and the Observer’s 2014 list of Britain’s 50 new radicals who are changing society for the better as it validates our belief that we have designed a platform to deliver positive social change.   

We have reached a significant milestone in our evolution as a company and are now in a position to recruit a consultant to sharpen the way we describe and report on our social impact. This work will be crucial in enabling Spacehive to build dynamic networks of funders and civic activists across the UK and unleash a powerful new way of doing things.

Key deliverables

This will be a role to help us identify, measure, report on and describe our impact in plain English. The main areas of focus for the role will be to:

  • Help us to better articulate Spacehive’s social mission and theory of change model.

  • Take the fully worked up theory of change and use that to produce a written material to help us to sell the social value proposition of Spacehive to local authorities, public funders, potential sponsors etc.

  • Design our impact measurement strategy: identify the data that needs to be captured from projects and the most appropriate format for reporting it.

  • Design a simple, accessible reporting framework to enable our users to share data on impact their projects have made. We want to be able to aggregate this data to build up a rich picture of the impact Spacehive is making across our ecosystem as a whole.

  • We want the data we create to provide good quality evidence of the impact each project makes on the ground. We also want the date to validate our broader theory of change.

  • Help the Spacehive team to develop their understanding of social impact measurement and reporting.

We would expect you to design the most appropriate methodology for tackling the role but it is likely to include:

  • Rigorous analysis of how Spacehive’s model can generate impact in different ways

  • Research with users and partners

  • A literature review and analysis of Spacehive’s market and business mode

The person

We are seeking an experienced candidate with a proven track record of designing reporting architecture, analysing data, and producing high-quality written material to explain the social mission and impact of organisations.

We welcome applications from partnerships, especially where they combine particular strengths or specialist skills and expertise. One partner must be nominated as the principal contractor and accept full responsibility for the timely delivery and quality of the work. All bidders should show division of costs, tasks and time commitment for each member of the team.

Essential skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of the issues in impact measurement and reporting

  • Working knowledge of the grant funding and investment landscape surrounding Spacehive – from grant bodies to Councils – and why it presents challenges to our users

  • An ability to build and maintain good working relationships that demonstrate your understanding of the issues and perspectives that our investors, our users and funders face

  • Excellent written communication skills and confidence in adapting style and content to suit the requirements of a range of audiences

  • In depth understanding of relevant research, evaluation and data collection methodologies and research and survey design, to produce robust and compelling findings that answer clear questions

  • An understanding and appreciation of the need to translate findings into clear reports.

Desirable skills:

  • Talent for presenting and sharing impact information and success stories to our wider audience in engaging ways – from infographics to YouTube clips

  • Some knowledge of producing web based materials would be an advantage  

  • Be able to contribute ideas on how Spacehive can use impact data to develop business strategy and goals

  • An understanding of the business, social, economic and political context within which Spacehive operates - communities/social enterprises/ public and private sectors - in short the people who use our platform.

We are looking for a provider who can combine the rigour and discipline of measuring and capturing data with a creative approach to designing impact tools and disseminating learning to diverse audiences. We want you to be able to translate your work into exciting and engaging business collateral that is useful to our users, customers and funders.


We estimate the work will take around 3 months to complete but we are flexible on timeframe.


There is a maximum budget of up to £15,000 for the work. Spacehive will be keen to see proposals that offer value for money and deliver the right solution.

Contact us

If you have the right combination of skills and are interested in working with us during this exciting period of change for our business, then please get in touch with Margaret Cooney, Chief Operating Officer

07768 427009

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