Research Director

A senior level position at London’s dedicated think tank.

Full details of the role can be found HEre

Centre for London is London’s independent think tank, and a registered charity. As Research Director you will lead Centre for London’s research team in developing new solutions to London’s critical challenges; preparing, publishing and promoting reports, supporting public events, and communicating our work to stakeholders and policymakers. The recommendations of your team will make a difference to policy and practice – tackling issues such as employment and skills, transport and public realm, neighbourhood resilience, affordable housing, and London’s place in the UK and the world. You will direct an eight-person research team and will actively participate in leadership of a growing organisation. You will be line managed by the Deputy Director and work alongside the events, communications and development teams.

This role would best suit someone with significant experience leading research programmes – in a think tank, consultancy, central or local government, academia or similar. You will have a strong understanding of policy in London and the UK, have both analytical and project management skills, and will be able to credibly communicate complex ideas to different audiences – in meetings, in writing, through blogs and articles, and in speeches. You will have experience in fundraising, will have managed budgets, and will be confident working with researchers at different stages in their careers. However, we are less interested in what you have done, and more in what you can do.

This ideally is a full-time role, however we would be open to applications from people who would like to work part-time or to people applying as a job share.

Full details of the role can be found in the job description. If you meet the criteria in the person specification and are excited about this opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. The successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment.

We are committed to reducing unconscious bias in our selection processes. Staff who shortlist applications will not see applicants’ personal information (including your name and responses to our diversity monitoring questions). For this reason, please create an 8-10-character application ID code and use that on your CV and cover letter instead of your name.

If you would like to speak with someone about this opportunity please email [email protected]

To apply:

  • Follow this link to complete the application information.
  • Your application should show how your experience and achievements to date would make you a suitable candidate for this role (no more than four pages total).
  • Your application should be saved as a single PDF with your application ID as the title. Please check that your name isn’t included on your CV or cover letter.
  • Email your CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Research Director’.

Please note, applications will only be submitted when the form has been completed and your PDF received via email.

Deadline – 9am on Monday 20 January 2020

Expected interview dates – Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January 2020

We may close applications earlier than the deadline. We do not want any contact from recruitment agencies regarding this vacancy.