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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Director of Research and Engagement

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional experience. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s leading progressive think tank, is looking to recruit an exceptional individual to the role of Director of Research and Engagement.

This is an exciting role at an important time for IPPR. There has never been a more important time for bold, rigorous and creative ideas to meet the biggest challenges facing the UK. The Director of Research & Engagement will be a key member of our Senior Management Team and work closely with IPPR’s recently appointed Executive Director to lead IPPR into its next phase.

The postholder will be responsible for leading IPPR’s research and policy work, and managing IPPR’s team of Associate Directors. They will develop our relationships and political strategy to place impact at the heart of all of our work, and represent the organisation at the highest levels of government, politics business and the media. They will work collaboratively with the team to develop new projects and major programmes, and to secure funding for them.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of successful fundraising, sound experience of public policy development and influencing, and an aptitude for collaborative leadership. You 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, you 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 including part remote working. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Before applying, please click on the document to your left to read the information pack and job description or email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: DRE/OCT

A CV with a 2-page personal statement on why you want this position and why you think you are suited to the job should be returned to [email protected]   

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR Diversity Monitoring Form  

Those seriously considering an application are also welcome and encouraged to find out more about the role by speaking with Carys Roberts, Executive Director. This can be arranged by emailing [email protected]  

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Thursday 22 October 2020. Interviews will be held w/c 2 November 2020.