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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Executive Director

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 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) is the UK’s leading progressive think tank. Our research and ideas have shaped policy making for more than three decades. Driven by a belief in the importance of fairness, democracy and sustainability, we work with policy makers, 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 think tanks in Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

We are looking for a new Executive Director to succeed Tom Kibasi and lead the organisation through its next phase of development. This will be a challenging role, demanding exceptional political, intellectual and managerial skills.

You will have significant leadership experience coupled with a strong track record of innovative and impactful thinking and analysis. You will have sound experience in public policy development and a proven ability to manage a complex organisation, capable of inspiring and motivating staff to reach the highest standards. You will be expected to represent the organisation at the most senior levels of government, politics, business, the voluntary sector, and the media. In addition, you will be an excellent fundraiser, able to play a crucial role in managing strategic funding relationships, while ensuring that IPPR’s research remains at the cutting-edge of public policy.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, which 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: ED/NOV.

A CV with a 2-page personal statement demonstrating your suitability for the role as described in the person spec, should be returned to [email protected],  quoting the job title or REF: ED/NOV. If possible, please combine your CV and cover letter into one PDF document.  

Please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Midnight, Sunday 15 December 2019.

Stage one interviews will be held on 6 January 2020 followed by stage two on 13 January 2020.