Updated Feb 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.


Director of Communications

Circa £70k per annum plus benefits
Permanent, full-time

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual to the role of Director of Communications.

This is an exciting role at a significant time for IPPR, having recently appointed a new Director, launched IPPR Scotland, and developed a new research strategy. The Director of Communications will be responsible for ushering in a new era for IPPR communications. While respecting IPPR’s heritage, pedigree and success the successful candidate will ensure that IPPR has a compelling vision for the future, asks and answers the big questions and is never boring.

The post-holder will provide motivational leadership, and will work with a team of highly skilled professionals to increase IPPR’s impact, profile and influence. A key priority will be to enhance IPPR’s ability to influence through exploring creative and innovative ways of broadening and developing its communications activities and outputs; maximising the use of new technology and digital and social media.

The ideal candidate will have relevant experience in a senior management role in a communications, public affairs or equivalent environment and will have successfully delivered communications strategies. They will have a passion for policy and politics, a good understanding of the political climate and the ability to work across a wide range of policy areas. In addition to this they will have highly developed intellectual skills, with the capacity to think analytically and imaginatively, excellent leadership and management skills, a strong network of contacts and excellent communications 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 find out more and apply, please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively, you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: DC/JAN.

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 5pm, Wednesday 10 February. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 February.

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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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