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Vacancy: Director of Policy Network

07 October 2015
Vacancy: Director of Policy Network

Policy Network is an international policy community and think-tank. The network spans Europe and the wider world promoting the best progressive thinking on the social and economic challenges of the 21st century. Our work is driven by the politicians, policymakers, business leaders, public service professionals, and academic researchers who engage with long-term issues of public policy, political economy, social attitudes, governance and international affairs. We focus in particular on bringing together new generations of politicians and policy thinkers. This emphasis on networking and contact-building within the progressive political community is complemented by the expertise and research excellence of Policy Network’s international team.

Policy Network analyses the structural challenges confronting the advanced democracies, developing ideas and policy solutions in response to complex governance problems bringing together leading experts and decision-makers. We focus on bridging the gap between policy ideas and the practical impediments to implementation. The network-building side of Policy Network facilitates dynamic platforms for international exchange, ideas dissemination and political reflection.

A platform for research and ideas
•    Promoting expert ideas and political analysis on the key economic, social and political challenges of our age.
•    Disseminating research excellence and relevant knowledge to a wider public audience through interactive policy networks, including interdisciplinary and scholarly collaboration.
•    Engaging and informing the public debate about the future of European and global progressive politics.

A network of leaders, policymakers and thinkers
•    Building international policy communities comprising individuals and affiliate institutions.
•    Providing meeting platforms where the politically active, and potential leaders of the future, can engage with each other across national borders and with the best thinkers who are sympathetic to their broad aims.
•    Engaging in external collaboration with partners including higher education institutions, the private sector, think-tanks, charities, community organisations, and trade unions.
•    Delivering an innovative events programme combining in-house seminars with large-scale public conferences designed to influence and contribute to key public debates.

In addition, the structure of Policy Network is tailored towards generating significant charitable and private sector sponsorship of core activities, including events, conferences and publications. Policy Network offers consultancy advice to organisations engaged in governance, public management, and public policy practice through research, capacity-building, project management, and thought leadership drawing on our in-house team and associate network.

The role

We are seeking to make a full time appointment to the demanding role of Policy Network Director. Applicants should possess demonstrable experience in leading dynamic organisations, operating across countries to build vibrant networks, ensuring a committed staff team, and engaging with our high-profile Board.

Key responsibilities and attributes

•    Proven ability to facilitate networks by relating to a diverse group of stakeholders and providing clear leadership, operating at the highest levels among senior politicians and academics.
•    Maximise the effectiveness and impact of Policy Network's research programmes, high profile publications and international events.
•    Play a leading role in shaping and promoting Policy Network’s profile and developing new research and knowledge exchange projects with UK and international partners.
•    Work alongside the Chair and Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide Policy Network’s future.
•    Ensure that the operation of the organisation meets the expectations of its Board, funders and key stakeholders.
•    Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organisation's activities monitoring day-to-day delivery.
•    Coach and mentor staff where appropriate to ensure a high performing organisation.
•    Take responsibility for all major fundraising activities: identifying new funding sources, overseeing the development of fund-raising plans, and producing compelling and successful grant proposals.
•    Ensure the financial stability and effective governance of the institution.

Skills and experience    

•    Demonstrable experience of running and leading high profile organisations with a track record of effective fundraising and team-building, as well as securing partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors.
•    A proven understanding of the networking, research and communications functions of think-tanks.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to influence others and motivate a dynamic team.
•    First-class organisational and planning skills, with the ability to work under pressure, prioritising workload in order to meet tight deadlines.
•    A proven track record of generating significant new ideas, developing new initiatives and high-level publication in media and academic outlets.
•    Familiarity with all the techniques of modern communications and social media.
•    Knowledge of UK and European politics and public policy; holding a doctorate and/or a Masters’ degree is desirable.
•    Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in at least one European language other than English.
•    Prior experience in a not-for-profit environment is a distinct advantage.

Salary and contract
Competitive salary of £50-60,000 per annum. Two years full-time fixed contract, renewable; 3-months’ probation period; 25 days annual leave. The remuneration package includes a contribution towards a personal pension plan.

Applications and contact details

The closing date for applications is 6 November 2015 at 08:30 AM sharp. Because we anticipate a large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be notified. The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday, 1 December 2015.

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience that you believe would make you the right candidate for the job. This should be sent to Katherine Roberts at: Kroberts@policy-network.net

If you have any further questions regarding this vacancy, please call +44 (0)207 340 2200. For further information about Policy Network, please visit http://www.policy-network.net/news/4056/Vacancy-Director-of-Policy-Network

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