Head of Learning

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The Open Data Institute are looking for a Head of Learning to lead our learning team as we help our clients to build data literate organisations. 

Head of Learning

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: up to £60,000 per annum dependent on experience, plus pension and benefits

Full time, permanent contract

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our vision is for people, organisations and communities to use data to make better decisions and be protected from any harmful impacts.

The ODI works with companies and governments all over the world to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem. We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a very high standard and delivering measurable value to our partners and clients.

About the role

We are looking for a Head of Learning to lead our learning team.

We help people to develop the mindset and skills to understand the possibilities of data and we help our clients to build data literate organisations. We provide them with practical data skills as well as the strategy skills they need to manage innovation and change through our learning programmes.

The ODI wants people, organisations and communities to use data to make better decisions and be protected from any harmful impacts. Key to this are the knowledge and skills that people need to achieve this.

As Head of Learning you will be responsible for leading the team providing the learning activities that support this theory of change. You will work with our senior team to develop the strategy to enable us to design and deliver a variety of learning projects and products across sectors and countries, including training courses, workshops, online and e-learning modules and webinars.

You will use your experience as a trainer and familiarity with open culture to help us design and scale our learning activities, by developing commercial propositions for partners and clients, and through building a network of delivery partners and registered trainers.

Key responsibilities

  • Shared responsibilities (with our Senior Learning Advisor)
    • Developing and iterating on ODI’s learning and training strategy, aiming towards achieving its mission
    • Setting objectives for delivery of learning and training within ODI, to monitor delivery on our learning and training strategy
    • Sharing lessons learned, learning and training products and approaches effectively across the ODI team and with partners, training associates, clients and ODI’s network
    • Representing the ODI to external stakeholders and clients
    • Ensuring the learning and training work we do is delivered within budget and contract terms including reporting and following procurement processes when outsourcing work
    • Leading and managing projects with strong capability building and learning components, taking them from design to delivery and evaluation
  • Key responsibilities
    • Reporting to our Senior Management Team on delivery against our strategic objectives
    • Working with our commercial team to develop proposals to deliver training and learning projects, including ensuring that opportunities to develop ODI learning and training products and learning methodologies are embedded into incoming work
    • Designing new programmes of capability building work and identifying sources of funding for them
    • Leading on creation and development of our peer network programmes, including identifying ongoing funding and revenue sources
    • Building and maintaining relationships with people and organisations who are building capability in the design and delivery of open, trustworthy data ecosystems, including public and private sector organisations as well as community-driven actors, nationally, across Europe and internationally
    • Growing and maintaining the ODI’s network of trainers and learning providers to help deliver learning and training work
    • Supporting and holding to account the learning and training team and associates in their delivery of work
    • Advising on the allocation of team members to projects and project leadership to both support high quality delivery and build the expertise and experience of team members in capability building activities
    • Embedding impact measurement, learning and dissemination into the delivery of learning and training, so that everyone benefits from our experience

About you

We are looking for a person who will bring knowledge and experience, together with a positive and adaptable working style to the ODI.

You will have:

  • Problem-solving and strategic planning ability and analytical skills
  • Excellent organisational, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to quickly assimilate complex information on a variety of topics.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work effectively in a team, and cope with pressure and challenges.
  • The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, keeping track of priorities and client needs.
  • A passion for delivering outstanding work
  • Be happy to jump in to help deliver training sessions, leading workshops, etc to support delivery of our wide range of projects  

Skills and experience – essential

  • Experience with data and/or open culture
  • Experience in the design and delivery of adult learning projects and programmes
  • Experience supporting people to develop knowledge and skills through mentoring, coaching and training
  • Deal comfortably with both public and private sector clients, and ability to communicate with clients at different levels of seniority
  • Able to develop proposals for new project work and programmes
  • Experience of leading projects within a small consultancy or not-for-profit
  • Experience of setting up project teams, managing budgets and financial reporting of project milestones
  • A great storyteller and communicator, able to write and speak fluently for a wide range of audiences
  • Be able to lead engaging workshops and training sessions
  • Enjoy collaborative work in a dynamic, creative environment
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation
  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent professional experience

Skills and experience – desirable

  • Knowledge of subjects outlined in our skills framework and applications in different domains and ability to learn new ideas and content to expand areas of knowledge
  • Experience of supporting Train the Trainer and Trainer Mentor programmes
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and training others to get more from data.
  • Experience building relationships through face-to-face and virtual engagements via digital platforms
  • Experience of web tools such as Google Suite docs/sheets/hangout/mail, Skype, Slack

If you do not have all of these skills, knowledge and experience but you think that this is the right role for you then do apply.

About the ODI team


We are good at what we do. We use our expertise to achieve our mission. We are open and generous with our expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

We can get better at what we do. We recognise the limits of our expertise and respect that of others. We are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop our expertise, within and outside ODI. We reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


We succeed when others flourish. We support and challenge others to do their best work. We open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them. We are as open as possible about what we are doing and what we have learnt. We encourage others to refine and build on our work.

We empathise with others so we can help them. We find out what people and organisations really need. We have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under. We communicate in terms they understand.


We are trusted because we are honest and responsible. We are open with our opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing our mind. We are not afraid to speak our mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so. We actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for our responses to them.

We can do more than we might think. We are bold, creative and open to failure. We know what we do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop us. We start small and quickly, and iterate to improve.


  • 5% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate for the role to [email protected].