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Education Policy Institute seeks Director of Communications and External Affairs

Education Policy Institute 5<y Senior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 10 Dec 2017

Job Description

Director of Communications and External Affairs

The Education Policy Institute is an independent, impartial and evidence-based research institute that aims to promote high quality education outcomes, regardless of social background. Through our research, we provide insight, commentary and critiques about education policy in England Рshedding light on what is working and where further progress needs to be made. Our experienced and dedicated team works closely with academics, think tanks and other research foundations and charities to positively shape the policy agenda.

We are looking for a motivated, dynamic and outgoing candidate to raise our profile, establish relationships with key partners and fundraise to support our research.

The Director for Communications and External Affairs will be an integral part of our senior leadership team and will be responsible for setting our strategic vision to ensure that our work is widely distributed, well-understood and, most importantly, has a real impact on education policy. Working closely with our Research Team, the Director for Communications and External Affairs will also help to identify emerging areas of public interest, translate detailed analysis into media and public friendly narrative and provide bespoke communications advice for each of our reports.

We are a small organisation and this role comes with opportunities to work with the Senior Leadership Team to shape the direction and future of EPI. The successful candidate will be supported by a small team and will report to the Executive Director. Because our independence and political neutrality is crucial to us, there are some restrictions on party political activity for permanent members of staff.

Key responsibilities

  • Raising awareness of research through media coverage, parliamentary references and appearances and government engagement;
  • Building relationships with key partners including parliamentarians, journalists, government and other organisations who share our mission to improve educational outcomes;
  • Creating and delivering a strategic communications plan for the organisation;
  • Overseeing our communications activities, including our social media channels and press notices;
  • Identifying new funding opportunities and establishing relationships with potential funders;
  • Representing EPI at corporate and parliamentary events;
  • Overseeing our programme of high-profile events at party conferences;
  • Recognise and act on opportunities to ensure that our research has maximum impact;
  • Contributing ideas, challenge and oversight of the organisation as part of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Managing a small team (currently 3 people)

The successful candidate is likely to have

  • Experience in working in a communications or public affairs role, ideally in a charity or think tank;
  • Expert written and verbal communication, with the ability to communicate complex policies and research in a clear and effective way.
  • Experience in forging and maintaining relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • A strong understanding of public policy, government and current affairs;
  • A flexible approach to working and a willingness to try new approaches and ideas
  • Strong organisational and leadership skills, with the ability to manage a team and delegate effectively.
  • A proven track record of fundraising or generating income;
  • Ideally, an understanding of the UK education system;

Details and Application

Contract type: Permanent (with a 6 month probation period)

Benefits: 30 day holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, 8% employer pension contribution

Closing date: Friday 26th January 2018, interviews will be held in the first two weeks of February.

Please send a CV and Cover Letter by email to

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