Updated Oct 2015


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.


Director, IPPR

£90,000 per annum plus benefits
Permanent, full-time, based in London

IPPR is the UK’s leading progressive thinktank. Our research and ideas have shaped policy making for more than two decades. Driven by a belief in the importance of fairness, democracy and sustainability, we work with policymakers, civil society and business organisations, and with all political parties in all parts of the United Kingdom, including through our dedicated IPPR North and IPPR Scotland teams in Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

We are looking for a new director to succeed Nick Pearce and lead the organisation – 45-strong over four locations – through our next phase of development. This will be a challenging role, demanding exceptional political, intellectual and managerial skills.

The new director will combine strong political acumen with intellectual flair. They will have a strong track record in public policy development and a proven ability to manage a complex organisation, and be capable of inspiring and motivating staff to reach the highest standards attainable. The director will be expected to represent the organisation at the highest levels of government, politics, business, the voluntary sector and the media. They will play a crucial role in managing strategic funding relationships, and ensure that IPPR’s research remains at the cutting-edge of public policy.

For more information and to apply, please download an information pack and application form, or email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job reference OCT/DIR.

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

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9am, Friday 30 October. Interviews will be held in November.

To complete your application, please also fill out IPPR's equal opportunities monitoring form.

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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.

There are no internship opportunities at this 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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