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Executive Director – Economic Change Unit

Economic Change Unit

Closing date: 30 November 2020


We’re looking for a new Executive Director to lead ECU’s work for a more just, sustainable and resilient economy in the UK and beyond. 

For over a decade, the world has been experiencing a range of inter-related crises. Financial instability, widening inequalities and climate and environmental breakdown have now been brought into sharper focus by the global coronavirus pandemic. In response, there is a growing consensus among a broad range of people – including policymakers, business and civil society leaders, academics, campaigners and commentators – that fundamental changes are needed to our economic model.

ECU exists to connect and amplify the efforts of organisations working for a more just, sustainable and resilient economy. We create resources to promote understanding of post-neoliberal ideas, narratives, policies and practices. We explore opportunities for economic change and how to overcome the barriers to achieving it. And we help connect people and organisations from a variety of sectors who are interested and involved in seeking change.

In our first year of operation, we have tested our model, grown our networks, and achieved a number of early successes. Now we’re looking for an Executive Director to take our work to the next level, deepening ECU’s ability to translate post-neoliberal ideas into mainstream impact, and mobilising action around strategic opportunities for progressive reform.

About the role

This is an outstanding opportunity to play a defining role in building a more just, sustainable and resilient economy, in the UK and beyond. Working with a talented team and a community of organisations at the cutting edge of economic reform, you will shape and lead our strategy to amplify the impact of new economic thinking on mainstream economic debates.

You will use your networks and influencing skills to change mainstream thinking and practice, and you’ll convene and coordinate effective action across those seeking systemic economic change. In all of your work and relationships, you’ll embody ECU’s values: justice, inclusivity, generosity and collaboration.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please click to apply and download an application pack and application form from econchange.org/jobs.

Deadline: 9.00 am, Monday 30 November, 2020

Due to the volume of applications we usually receive, we regret that we are unable to offer feedback to individual applicants.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We believe this is crucial to ensuring the legitimacy and effectiveness of our work. We recognise that people face systemic oppression based on factors including their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability, and therefore we have a responsibility to centre anti-oppression in our work.

We acknowledge that people from a number of communities are underrepresented in our team and in the wider movement of those seeking systemic economic change, and we’re committed to doing what we can to address this. If you believe you would bring greater diversity to our team, we’re keen to hear from you. We are open to assisting with childcare or other duties that may prevent candidates from attending an interview.

If you have any questions about the role, or if you feel you could do this role well but don’t have all the characteristics we’re looking for, please contact Anna Fielding on [email protected] for an informal conversation.

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Job Details

Organisation: Economic Change Unit

Location: London, with scope for some remote working

Salary range: £40,000 +

Closing date: 30 November 2020

Contract type: Temporary

About the Organisation

The Economic Change Unit is a non-profit organisation that supports the efforts of those seeking to build more resilient, just and sustainable economies. For over a decade, the world has been experiencing a range of inter-related crises. Financial instability, widening inequalities and climate and environmental breakdown have now been brought into sharper focus by the global coronavirus pandemic. In response, there is a growing consensus among a broad range of people – including policymakers, business and civil society leaders, academics, campaigners and commentators – that fundamental changes are needed to our economic model. ECU creates resources to promote understanding of the ideas, policies and practices on which more resilient, just and sustainable economies can be founded. We identify opportunities for economic change and how to overcome the barriers to achieving it. And we help connect people and organisations from a variety of sectors who are interested and involved in seeking change.

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