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The Fabian Society is seeking to recruit two new members to our research team to help drive forward our wide-ranging and influential programme of policy research. We are looking to appoint one research assistant and one researcher or senior researcher.

This is an exciting and important time to work at the heart of the labour movement, and we are seeking candidates who are passionate about developing policy for the future of the left.  We are looking for good research skills, an ability to write well, and an understanding of how to secure impact for policy work. We also expect candidates to be able to develop a wide range of relationships and to help secure funding for new projects.

Both postholders will be able to work on research projects within the following areas: UK politics and Britain’s future; the changing world of work; and the future of the state. The researcher/senior researcher will be encouraged to pursue their own research interests within these areas, and will be able to design and complete research projects with significant independence. The research assistant will play a supportive role across a range of research projects, with a view to designing and completing a single authored report within 12 months. Both posts report directly to the deputy general secretary.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing the position you are applying for and how you meet the person specification to recruitment@fabians.org.uk. Applications must be received no later than 9am on Monday 23 July. Interviews will take place between 25-27 July.

Researcher/senior researcher

Salary:             £29,500 – £35,000 (senior researcher)
£24,500 – £30,000 (researcher)

Plus 7% pension contribution

Duration:         Permanent

Hours:              Usual hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm in our London office. We will consider all requests for flexible working. We are also willing to consider part-time applications for the right candidate.

The researcher/senior researcher will be responsible for: undertaking research & analysis for projects (including primary research; data analysis; desk research); writing reports, contributing to publications & events arising from projects; and building & maintaining the key stakeholder relationships necessary for projects to have a significant political, policy & public impact. The post is largely self-funding and the role involves developing research proposals and securing support from funders. The researcher/senior researcher will work within the research team, reporting directly to the deputy general secretary.

Principal duties

  1. To secure funding for projects and contribute to the development of the future research programme, including developing research proposals and building relationships with funders.
  2. To conduct research for Fabian Society projects. This could include designing and conducting qualitative or quantitative research; data analysis; literature reviews; and policy analysis and development.
  3. To plan and manage the delivery of research projects, in a way that is realistic and timely
  4. To plan, structure and write research reports of publishable quality and a range of other written outputs relating to Fabian research including blogs, articles and working papers.
  5. To commission and edit reports, chapters and articles for publication in Fabian outputs.
  6. To coordinate major research inquiries, including by acting as secretary to policy commissions consisting of senior external stakeholders.
  7. To build and maintain key stakeholder relationships with policy, political, academic, business, trade union, civil society and media figures, and with the society’s research funders. This may include conducting 1:1 meetings and interviews and organising informal research seminars.
  8. To contribute to planning and executing media and communication strategies to promote Fabian research throughout the life of projects and once they are completed; and to speak about research at seminars, conferences and members meetings.

Other duties

  1. To contribute to the intellectual and organisational development of the society.
  2. To support colleagues to develop, programme and deliver Fabian Society events, including a lead role in events relating to your projects.
  3. To represent the society where appropriate, for example in the media, speaking at and attending events, and liaising with key networks.
  4. To supervise volunteers or contractors as appropriate.
  5. To undertake other relevant duties where required by the deputy general secretary or general secretary.

Person specification

We would expect a senior researcher to possess most of these attributes, and a researcher to possess more than half.

  1. Have at least one/three* years of experience of policy research in a thinktank, academic, policy or political role (* for researcher/senior researcher, respectively)
  2. Strong intellectual ability, demonstrated through academic track record or professional experience
  3. Have in-depth knowledge of at least one policy area within our current research interests and the aptitude to quickly build expertise in others.
  4. Strong understanding of, and experience within, the UK political context, in particular the Labour party and the left
  5. Be able to demonstrate research and analytical skills; knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, gained in either an academic or policy environment; and relevant experience of conducting research.
  6. Have excellent written English and oral communications skills, with experience of presenting complex information to a range of audiences; writing in different styles, including articles and blogs; and planning, structuring and writing long documents; speaking accessibly to a range of audiences.
  7. Have excellent numeracy skills; proficiency in the use of spreadsheet or statistics software; and the ability to analyse and interpret data and statistics.
  8. Proven track record of securing funding for projects, and an ability and willingness to identify opportunities for new research and develop research proposals.
  9. Experience or strong aptitude for commissioning and editing articles and chapters.
  10. Be able to build and maintain professional networks across relevant sectors.
  11. Have experience of taking responsibility for projects and an ability to plan work effectively, keep to deadlines, manage workload, and respond to competing demands for time.
  12. Be able to work effectively in a small team and on their own, and have a willingness to provide administrative support to projects
  13. Be in sympathy with the aims and values of the Fabian Society

 

Research assistant

Salary:             £20,000

Plus 7% pension contribution

Duration:         12-month fixed term contract

Hours:              35 hours a week, usually 10 am to 6pm in our London office with an hour for lunch. We will consider all requests for flexible working.

The Fabian Society’s development programme provides one-year paid appointments, which are designed to help people who are new to politics to gain skills and experience. The programme is streamed by job function to support participants gain understanding and skills in the area of their choice.

Within the development programme, we are now looking for a research assistant to support our research team, under the line management of the deputy general secretary. This exciting role will enable you to play a crucial part in creating high-quality thinktank research and opinion leading publications. We’re looking for someone with a keen interest in politics and policy research, good communication skills and a willingness to develop the skills needed to succeed in a thinktank environment. As part of our development programme, we’ll train and help you to deliver smaller projects of your own, and make sure that at the end of your contract you are ready to take a step up in your career.

People from backgrounds that are underrepresented in Westminster and at the Fabian Society are particularly encouraged to apply. This includes women, disabled people and people from low-income or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Principal duties

  1. To support the delivery of Fabian Society research projects, under the supervision of the deputy general secretary. This could include assisting with designing and conducting qualitative or quantitative research; desk research and literature reviews; data analysis; preparing research papers to support project working groups.
  2. To provide research and administrative support to major research inquiries, including by providing secretarial support to major policy commissions consisting of senior external stakeholders.
  3. To provide administrative support to the research team, including organising meetings, taking minutes, maintaining databases and supporting the society’s research and editorial committee.
  4. To write and contribute to blogs, articles, essays and research papers of publishable quality
  5. To contribute to planning and executing dissemination strategies for publications associated with Fabian projects, including relevant media and marketing work.
  6. To contribute to the development of the Fabian Society’s research and editorial programmes, including generating ideas for future research or publication projects, researching project proposals, and supporting colleagues in securing future funding.

Other duties

  1. To contribute to the intellectual and organisational development of the society.
  2. To represent the society where appropriate, for example in the media, speaking at and attending events, and liaising with key networks.
  3. To undertake other relevant duties where required by the general secretary or deputy general secretary.

Person Specification 

The ideal candidate would:

  1. Have a keen interest in, and understanding of, UK politics and the labour movement, and the ability to think creatively about current and future political issues
  2. Be able to demonstrable research and analytical skills, and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, gained in either an academic or policy environment, with a good undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or equivalent professional experience.
  3. Have excellent written English and oral communications skills, with experience of presenting complex information to a range of audiences.
  4. Have an ability to plan work effectively and experience of contributing to the effective delivery of projects.
  5. Be able to work effectively in a small team and on their own.
  6. Have the organisational skills and willingness to provide administrative support to projects.
  7. Have an ability and aptitude to identify opportunities for new research, including supporting colleagues to secure funding.
  8. Be in sympathy with the aims and values of the Fabian Society.

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