Updated Aug 2016

Vacancies

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.

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Director of research

Circa £70,000 per annum plus benefits
Permanent contract, full time (37.5 hours per week)

IPPR, the UK’s leading progressive think tank, is looking to recruit an exceptional individual to the role of director of research.

This is an exciting role at an important time for IPPR. There has rarely been a more urgent need for IPPR’s mission: to improve public policy in the present, and to lay the foundations for a more progressive future. We have recently appointed a new director, who is determined to tackle the biggest challenges facing the UK and provide bold, courageous and distinctive answers. Later this year, IPPR will launch the Commission on Economic Justice, a major effort to renew economic policy, as well as other substantial programmes.

The director of research will be responsible for leading and managing IPPR’s research and policy programme. S/he will lead IPPR’s team of 20–25 research staff, and will be a crucial member of our senior management team. S/he will also be expected to represent the organisation at the highest levels of government, politics, business, the voluntary sector and the media, and will play a crucial role in managing strategic relationships.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent record in public policy development in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. S/he will combine intellectual flair, innovative thinking and political knowledge with the ability to manage and oversee a wide-ranging agenda. Having played a leadership role in an organisation in the private, voluntary or public sector, s/he will have excellent project, budget and people management skills.

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 apply please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: DR/AUG. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org.

Please do not send CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Interviews will be held week commencing 12 September 2016.


Director of the Commission on Economic Justice

Circa £70,000 per annum plus benefits
2 year fixed-term contract, full time (37.5 hours per week)

IPPR is looking to recruit an exceptional individual to the role of director of the Commission on Economic Justice.

The Commission on Economic Justice, to be launched in autumn 2016 and lasting two years, is IPPR’s flagship initiative. Its aim is to generate a new national economic policy for the UK. The Commission itself will comprise leading figures from the worlds of business, academia and civil society. Through a series of working papers, events, communications strategies and an authoritative final report, it will articulate economic priorities for Brexit, define the long-term vision for the UK economy, and develop a range of specific policy proposals to boost the rate of growth and ensure that the gains are justly and broadly shared across all regions and households in the UK. The Commission will produce a programme of specific, credible policies to ensure that economic justice is achieved. We intend the Commission to be the most significant initiative on the economy that will take place in this parliament from any independent body.

The director of the Commission will be responsible for leading and managing the Commission’s research, communications and influencing programme. S/he will be a member of IPPR’s senior management team. S/he will also be expected to represent the Commission at the highest levels of government, politics, business, academia and the voluntary sector, and the media, and will play a crucial role in managing strategic relationships, including fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have an excellent record in public economic policy development in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. S/he will combine intellectual flair, innovative thinking and political knowledge with the ability to manage and oversee a wide-ranging agenda. Having played a leadership role in an organisation in the private, voluntary or public sector, s/he will have excellent project, budget and people management skills.

This is an exciting role at an important time for IPPR. There has rarely been a more urgent need for IPPR’s mission: to improve public policy in the present, and to lay the foundations for a more progressive future. We have recently appointed a new director, who is determined to tackle the biggest challenges facing the UK and provide bold, courageous and distinctive answers.

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 apply please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: DECJ/AUG. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org.

Please do not send CVs.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Interviews will be held week commencing 19 September 2016.


Programme manager for the Commission on Economic Justice

£30,000–£40,000 per annum plus benefits
2 year fixed-term contract, full time (37.5 hours per week)

IPPR is recruiting for a programme manager for the Commission on Economic Justice.

The Commission on Economic Justice, to be launched in autumn 2016 and lasting two years, is IPPR’s flagship initiative. Its aim is to generate a new national economic policy for the UK. The Commission itself will comprise leading figures from the worlds of business, academia and civil society. Through a series of working papers, events, communications strategies and an authoritative final report, it will articulate economic priorities for Brexit, define the long-term vision for the UK economy, and develop a range of specific policy proposals to boost the rate of growth and ensure that the gains are justly and broadly shared across all regions and households in the UK. The Commission will produce a programme of specific, credible policies to ensure that economic justice is achieved. We intend the Commission to be the most significant initiative on the economy that will take place in this parliament from any independent body.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone with a good understanding of economic policy and excellent organisational skills to play a key role in the effective management and administration of IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. The post-holder will be responsible for providing vital secretarial services to the commission. They will draw on their knowledge of economic issues, and work closely with IPPR’s chief economist, to ensure the strategic planning and effective co-ordination of the commission’s activities, meetings and events. They will be responsible for providing high level administrative support and will act as a key point of contact for commissioners, effectively managing these important relationships. Duties will include effectively organising and facilitating meetings and events; taking and distributing minutes, maintaining records and managing relevant internal and external communications.

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 apply please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: PM/AUG. Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org.

Please do not send CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Interviews will be held week commencing 12 September 2016.


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Internships

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IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year, and 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.


Events intern

£16,132 per annum pro rata
6 month contract, full time (37.5 hours per week), based in Manchester

IPPR North is looking for an intern to work within its Manchester office providing support on events. S/he will be responsible for co-ordinating a range of events and assisting with general administration and our organisational database.

IPPR North has bases in Manchester and Newcastle, and this post would be based in our Manchester office. As part of our commitment to flexible working we will also consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Job duties

  • Assisting with administrative and logistical aspects of events planning.
  • Collating invitations lists, drafting invitations, sending out invites and monitoring responses.
  • Updating the organisational contacts database.
  • Organising catering and setting up room for events held at IPPR North.
  • Providing on-site support for events held at external venues.
  • Conducting research for events including speakers, target audiences and themes.
  • Recording events – taking photographs, videos and audio recording.
  • Supporting IPPR North’s external affairs manager with other related tasks and activities.

Skills and experience

  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise and assist with events.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of using Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and databases.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
  • Ability to use own initiative and contribute new ideas.
  • An interest in UK public policy and politics and a commitment to IPPR’s values.

Other

  • Ability to work flexible hours (early mornings and evenings) where appropriate.

To apply please download an information pack and application form, email intern@ippr.org quoting the job title, or send an A4 SAE to Recruitment, IPPR, 4th Floor, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF.

Please do not send in CVs.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am Friday 2 September 2016.

Interviews will be held on Friday 16 September 2016.


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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