Job opportunity

Deputy Director


Closing date: 26 October 2020

Onward is looking for an exceptional candidate to help oversee the team and lead our research. The Deputy Director will help to plan, manage and communicate Onward’s research output – which currently includes major programmes on levelling up, repairing our social fabric and reforming higher education – as well as helping to lead the organisation and represent our ideas and values to a wide audience. The role will have considerable scope to develop and deliver their own research interests.

This is a high-profile role. The successful candidate will need experience writing and managing hard hitting and high quality research, managing a team of researchers, and building lasting relationships with politicians, journalists, donors, and industry figures. They must also be able to demonstrate excellent written and spoken communication skills, a track record of using quantitative and qualitative research in a policy setting, and a strong affinity with Onward’s mission and values.

The successful candidate would be joining Onward at an important time for the organisation and the country. Having launched two years ago, we have quickly established a reputation for rigorous research that gets traction not only in newspapers but in government policy. We pride ourselves on developing policy ideas that are timely, practical to deliver and politically possible.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead Onward’s research and policy programmes, including your own, working closely with the Director and Advisory Board.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders at the highest levels of government, the media, industry and among the policy community.
  • Manage the Onward research team.
  • Represent Onward in the media, speaking to our research and communicating our ideas to a broad audience.
  • Plan and chair Onward events, including roundtables and panels, fundraising dinners, and policy workshops.
  • Produce regular articles for newspapers, websites and other outlets.

Salary: £50,000 – £60,000 p.a., depending on experience.

Working pattern: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, working mostly from home during the crisis and our Westminster office when safe to do so.

Start Date: Flexible. By December 2021.

Application details: To apply for this role, please send your CV, a one page cover letter and any relevant published research to [email protected]

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Job Details

Organisation: Onward

Location: Westminster, London

Salary range: £40,000 +

Closing date: 26 October 2020

Contract type: Permanent

About the Organisation

Onward is the most exciting new thinktank in Westminster. Our mission is to renew the centre right for the next generation by coming up with bold new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Our team has worked in the highest levels of government and existing thinktanks and we have the networks and experience to turn ideas into practical, popular policies that work. Since we launched 18 months ago we have published 15 research reports, influenced numerous government policies, hosted 25 Cabinet Ministers, built a network of 1,000 young people and averaged 4 mentions in national media a week. Our advisory board includes leading parliamentarians, business people and former government advisers, including Lord Finkelstein (Chairman), Martyn Rose, Rachel Maclean MP, Gillian Keegan MP, Tom Tugendhat MP, John Lamont MP, Neil O'Brien MP, Lord O’Shaughnessy, Baroness Rock, Baroness Fall, Craig Elder, James Kanagasooriam, Sian Hansen and Nick Faith.

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