Institute for Public Policy Research
Institute for Public Policy Research

Charity number 800065

IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK's leading progressive think tank

Current vacancies

Director

  • Full time or Part time
  • £70,092 – £86,544
  • Edinburgh, hybrid working available
  • Closing 6th March 2024

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 IPPR Scotland

£70,092 - £86,544 per annum plus benefits, or appointment on Associate Director pay scale of £57,802 - £71,403 per annum plus benefits depending on experience and skills

Permanent, 22.5 – 37.5 hrs per week

Based in Edinburgh, hybrid working available

IPPR Scotland, created in 2015, shapes public policy in pursuit of a fairer, greener, more prosperous Scotland. Through policy, research, and communications, we work to create tangible progressive change, and turn bold ideas into common sense realities.

We are currently looking for IPPR Scotland’s next director, to build on the significant impact and policy change that our rigorous research and creative policy proposals have achieved to date. This is a vitally important role for both our organisation and for public life in Scotland; the new postholder will be taking on an influential role at the heart of Scottish policy.

We know that applicants will bring very different skills and levels of experience – and we’re as interested in where you’re going, as where you’ve been. This role is being advertised at IPPR’s Director level, but with the possibility of appointment on an Associate Director payscale, with adjusted levels of responsibility set out in the job description.

The successful candidate will set the strategic direction of IPPR Scotland, be IPPR Scotland’s figurehead, as well as lead and oversee our research outputs, events, influencing and media profile. If appointed at Director level, you will have a key role across the Institute as a member of IPPR’s senior management team.

At both levels, the successful postholder will combine strong political judgement with the ability to develop creative policy proposals and impact strategies. You will be able to inspire and support a team to deliver high-quality research, and build relationships at the highest levels of government, politics, business, the voluntary sector, and in the media. You will be impact focussed and build partnerships to achieve change. In addition, you will work with the team and senior management team to secure funding that aligns with our strategy.

IPPR Scotland is part of the IPPR family across the UK, alongside IPPR North based in Manchester and the IPPR team in London. We are a charity, cross-party and neutral on the question of Scotland’s independence – but not on the question of Scotland’s future.

We recognise you may have family commitments or other roles you’d want to continue alongside this one. As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including secondment, job-share and part-time working. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

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Media and Impact Officer

  • Part time
  • £31,187 – £39,945 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th August 2023

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.

Are you driven by a commitment to end inequalities? Do you want to play a role in towards a fairer, greener, and more prosperous Scotland? Can you harness the power of words to change hearts and minds? If so, we have a role that will give you the chance to shape political debate and policy in Scotland and help secure lasting change.

IPPR Scotland is an independent charity which – through rigorous research, analysis and public dialogue – works to make today’s bold ideas tomorrow’s common sense and provide the policies to make them a reality. We are recruiting a Media and Impact Officer to play a leading role in communicating that mission and our work – to the public, decision makers and opinion formers – and helping to shape the public and political debate for social, democratic, environmental, and economic progress.

Working alongside the IPPR Scotland Director and Head of Media and Advocacy (North and Scotland), the postholder is responsible for implementing IPPR Scotland’s communications strategy. Spanning traditional and new media, you will plan, coordinate, and deliver media and digital communications outputs, identify opportunities to proactively shape policy debates, and help to secure impact and influence across a wide range of audiences.

As part of the wider IPPR-family, you will also have the opportunity to utilise your skills right across the UK – working closely with counterparts in the IPPR communications team, contributing to UK-wide communications planning, and helping to deliver UK-wide outputs.

If you have the ability to think creatively and work flexibly as part of a small team, we would like to hear from you. To be successful you will have experience of working in a communications or media environment; knowledge of the Scotland-based media; and a keen interest in politics and public policy in Scotland. You will combine excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong political judgement and an eye for a good story – knowing when and how to engage with journalists and pitch stories. You will be able to interpret and communicate complex information, using this to frame compelling stories and craft clear and impactful communications products across a variety of mediums. Just as importantly, the successful candidate will be passionate about our work and helping to secure a fairer and greener Scotland.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, especially from those with lived experience of disadvantage, and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently under-represented at IPPR. Appointment will be made on merit.

The post is primarily based at IPPR Scotland’s office in Edinburgh but with some remote working and occasional travel (agreed in advance) to our London and Manchester offices for cross-organisational work. As part of our commitment to flexible working we will also consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including spreading out the working hours. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

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Senior Research Fellow IPPR Scotland

  • Full time
  • £37,130 – £46,830
  • Scotland, IPPR Scotland is based in Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th March 2022

IPPR Scotland is Scotland’s progressive think tank. We were formed in 2015 to provide the evidence, ideas and solutions needed to deliver a fairer Scotland, with a focus on the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government. Over our time we have delivered significant impact, successfully influencing decision-making in Scotland across a range of topics, including tax and spend, education and skills, the economy, fair work, and child poverty and inequalities.

We are now seeking a Senior Research Fellow to further develop IPPR Scotland’s capacity and our influence, taking on a significant role in manging a range of exciting research projects pushing for progressive reform across all areas of public policy. You will help shape IPPR Scotland’s research and impact strategy – developing and securing funding for new and innovative research proposals, managing delivery of projects, communicating our work to the public and decision makers, and generating impact from our evidence, ideas and solutions.

If you have proven ability to manage multiple projects, other people, and your own workload, to deliver high quality outputs and influence public policy, this is the ideal job for you. You will need a high degree of attention to detail, creativity and imagination, strong research skills – with experience of mixed research methods – and a well-developed political judgement in the context of devolved policymaking in Scotland.

Through these incredibly important times IPPR Scotland aims to centre political debate in Scotland on the significant public policy opportunities and challenges we face. This role will take a significant responsibility for doing so, ensuring IPPR Scotland can maximise our ability to deliver positive change.

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

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including job-share or part-time working, as well as part remote working.

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Top job! Director

  • Full time or Part time
  • £57,802 – £71,403
  • Based in Edinburgh, hybrid working available
  • Closing 23rd November 2021

IPPR Scotland is Scotland’s progressive think tank. We were created in 2015 as a cross-party, charitable think tank, neutral on the question of independence. We have developed over this time to be one of the most impactful policy organisations in Scotland. IPPR Scotland sits as part of the IPPR family across the UK, alongside IPPR North based in Manchester and the IPPR team in London. IPPR’s research and ideas have shaped progressive policy making for more than three decades.

We are looking to recruit a new Director for IPPR Scotland, who will lead our Scotland team to work for a fairer and more progressive Scotland. Our rigorously-researched analysis and new creative policy ideas and solutions have had a significant impact over our first six years, and we want to build on that into the future to realise a Scotland that genuinely places social, economic and environmental justice at its heart.

Scotland finds itself at a significant juncture that could shape the country not just for the next few years, but for generations to come. How we, as a country, use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to shape a successful recovery from Covid-19, and to deliver on key agendas around wellbeing, child poverty, fair work and just transition (to name only a few) will be incredibly important over the coming time.

If successful, you would be leading an organisation with a proven ability to shape some of the biggest decisions in Scotland. You will play an integral role in developing stakeholder relationships throughout Scotland, maintaining IPPR Scotland’s profile and acting as its figurehead, taking responsibility for all research outputs, events, influencing and media profile. You will be responsible for setting the strategic goals and priorities of IPPR Scotland and have a key role across the Institute as a member of IPPR’s senior management team. This is an exciting time to join the leadership team, as alongside this role we are appointing a new Director of IPPR North.

If you possess excellent understanding of the political process in Scotland and the UK, with an awareness of a wide range of public policy issues, this is the ideal job for you. You will also have excellent communication skills with the capacity to deal with people across all levels of government, politics, business, academia and the media. You will be an expert in policy-relevant research with a track record of innovative thinking, analysis and research including the ability to write and edit in a succinct and accessible style. With proven ability to fundraise from a variety of sources, you will build networks across the highest levels.

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.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including job-share and part-time working. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

For an informal chat about the job and IPPR, contact Russell Gunson, current Director of IPPR Scotland on r.gunson@ippr.org to arrange a time to speak.

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