Updated Apr 2016


IPPR's reputation as the leading progressive thinktank in the UK is built on the expertise and experience of its people. The IPPR staff includes people with a wide range of experience, working inside government and for national media and major non-governmental organisations, as well as leading academics and policy experts.

As well as employing the best staff at all levels, IPPR helps young people to get a start in the policy world through its internship and work experience programmes.


Head of IPPR Communities

£40,000 per annum plus benefits
Permanent contract (37.5 hours), based in London

At an significant time for IPPR – having recently appointed both a new director and a new director of communications, launched IPPR Scotland, and developed a new research strategy which will shape our work for the immediate future – we are recruiting for the new role of head of IPPR communities, an exciting and challenging position based within our communications team. As a new role within the organisation, the post-holder will have the opportunity to develop and shape it, but broadly she or he will be responsible for ensuring that IPPR extends its sphere of influence both within and beyond Westminster and reaches the right people with the right communications; will work to define, establish and develop appropriate networks and communities of interest, both on and offline; and will nurture strategic coalitions with other organisations. They will be responsible for ensuring that these networks and coalitions enable IPPR to plan, organise, target and promote its work strategically, broadening its reach and creating maximum impact and influence of IPPR’s work in the wider community.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with a track record of increasing an organisation’s voluntary supporters and building the participation of people in various activities across one or more policy areas. You will have proven experience of stakeholder engagement and management, ideally within the third sector, with experience of leading and coordinating groups of people in structured, systematic and effective ways. An academic grounding in organisational dynamics and stakeholder engagement would also be desirable. In addition to this, you will need to have an innovative approach to communications, a passion for policy and politics, an excellent understanding of the political climate and an ability to work across a broad range of policy areas.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

To find out more and to make an application please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org, quoting the job title or ref: HOC/APR.

Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am, Monday 16 May. Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 23 May.

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IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year. They are always advertised on this page.

Interns are valued by IPPR and are given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. Interns may be employed to work on research projects or work in the external affairs team. Internships are offered in London and Newcastle.

We seek to ensure our internships are open to a wide range of candidates and as part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity all interns are paid the London Living Wage or its equivalent.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and we particularly welcome applications from sections of the community that are currently under-represented at IPPR, including disabled, black and minority ethnic candidates.

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible. This would be discussed at interview stage for those who wanted to work part time.

Amelia Zollner IPPR/University College London Internship Award

The Amelia Zollner IPPR/UCL Internship Award was founded in 2007 in memory of 24-year-old UCL student Amelia Zollner, who tragically died in a cycling accident while working as an intern at IPPR.

The annual three-month London-based Amelia Zollner internship is reserved for current UCL students or recent UCL graduates as a stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

Work experience

Generally, IPPR is not able to offer work experience opportunities. The exceptions are the work experience schemes we have in place with specific educational institutions.

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