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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Director of Research and Policy

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. 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

Director of Research & Policy
£73,621 - £90,905 per annum plus benefits
Permanent contract
Full time (37.5 hours) or minimum 0.8 FTE
London office (hybrid work possible)

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), the UK’s leading progressive think tank, is looking to recruit a Director of Research and Policy to lead our research programme and ensure our work is strategic, creative and rigorous. This is a vital role within IPPR’s senior management team at an exciting time of growth for the Institute.

At IPPR, we believe a better and fairer future is not only possible—it’s achievable now. We make bold ideas common sense and provide the policies to make them a reality. Through rigorous research, analysis and public dialogue, we provide insight into the issues and make impactful solutions workable.

The postholder will lead IPPR’s research and policy programme, managing our Associate Directors. They will work closely with senior colleagues to manage and set the strategy of the organisation, and ensure that all of our work contributes to our theory of change. They will represent IPPR to key stakeholders at senior levels of the policymaking process, and in the media. And they will work with our brilliant research team to develop innovative research projects and creative, evidence-based policy proposals.

To be successful, you will combine knowledge of policy and policymaking with the ability to manage and oversee a wide-ranging agenda. A skilled researcher, with expertise in at least one of quantitative, qualitative or participatory research, you will be able to identify and pursue strategic opportunities for impact. Having played a leadership or substantial management 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 and part-time or job-share arrangements. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Before applying, please click on your left to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification. If you are unable to access the document online please email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: DRP/NOV

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 combined into one PDF document and returned to [email protected] In order to complete your application please also complete our equal opportunities monitoring form

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight Thursday 7th December 2023. Interviews will be held on the 18th and 19th December 2023.