Can you help us solve society's challenges with evidence and expertise? This role provides a unique opportunity for an exceptional senior leader to shape and deliver an exciting programme of work.
The Policy Institute at King’s College London is a unique combination of elements of academia, think tanks and consultancy, with deep connections to policymakers and government. We are looking for an exceptional senior leader and self-starter to join as Director of Policy Impact to help shape and deliver an exciting programme of work.
Working closely with the Director of the Institute and wider Senior Leadership Team, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in developing new funded research and consultancy programmes in their chosen area of expertise that have real impact on policy and practice.
With significant experience in policy research and analysis and in designing and delivering complex projects and programmes, this role will suit someone with considerable entrepreneurial skills interested in helping deliver on The Policy Institute’s mission of tackling society’s challenges with evidence and expertise. We are open minded about which funding routes you will have used but it is essential that you will have played a critical role in securing significant funding for research or consultancy projects.
You will need to be able to leverage your established networks in policymaking, media, academia and business communities, as the Director of Policy Impact will play a key role in enhancing the reputation and impact of the Institute and wider work of King’s College London.
As part of the Senior Leadership Team, the successful candidate will help develop and deliver the strategic vision and will join a high performing team dedicated to delivering impact. You will need strong interpersonal skills and have experience in building, leading and developing a high performing team with multiple skills and areas of expertise.
Competitive pay - we offer a salary competitive within the sector. King’s is proud to be an accredited London Living Wage employer.
Excellent pensions - you’ll join one of our highly competitive pension schemes.
Families and carers - we offer leave and assistance to support your parenting and caring commitments.
Time off - in addition to public holidays, you’ll receive 27 days’ paid leave each year (30, if you have a clinical contract) and four extra days at Christmas.
Flexible working - our flexible working provisions are designed to help you to balance your personal and professional lives.
Wellbeing, community and support - we offer discounted gym membership and sports facilities, an employee assistance programme, events, free lectures and more.
Development - your development goals will be supported through a number of inclusive programmes and activities.
Discounts - we give you access to a wide range of discounts through the NUS, NHS, and third party arrangements.
Visa and immigration costs - we provide interest-free loans to cover UK visa fees and Immigration Health Surcharge costs.
Volunteering - you can apply for paid time-off to volunteer for a charitable organisation or scheme.
Give as you earn - you can easily make tax-effective donations to a registered UK charity from your salary.
Travel to work - we offer interest-free season ticket loans and also operate a popular Cycle2Work scheme.
Thank you for your interest in becoming our new Director of Policy Impact.
The Policy Institute at King’s College London is a unique combination of the strengths in academia, think tanks and consultancies, with deep connections to policymakers and government. This role provides a unique opportunity for an exceptional self-starter from any of those backgrounds to build and shape an exciting programme of work and help deliver our mission of tackling society’s challenges with evidence and expertise.
We have incredible assets at the Policy Institute as part of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy and of King’s more generally: the research power, expertise and commitment to making the world a better place that runs through the organisation are huge strengths. We also have excellent connections to senior policymakers and practitioners in the UK and internationally, drawing on the exceptional convening power that comes from being based in a university.
We’re looking for an experienced senior leader, who, working closely with wider Senior Leadership Team, will play a crucial role in developing new funded research and/or consultancy programmes that have a real impact on policy and practice. With a successful track record in policy research and analysis, and in designing and delivering complex projects and programmes, this role will suit someone with considerable entrepreneurial skills, their own networks and profile, and the experience to lead and develop a talented, multidisciplinary team dedicated to delivering impact in an organisation moving at pace.
I’m delighted that you have taken the time to consider this exciting role and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
With best wishes,
Director, The Policy Institute
The Policy Institute at King’s College London works to solve society’s challenges with evidence and expertise.
We combine the rigour of academia with the agility of a consultancy and the connectedness of a think tank.
Our research draws on many disciplines and methods, making use of the skills, expertise and resources of not only the institute, but the university and its wider network too.
The Policy Institute works across six main research areas, with communications, impact and engagement an important connecting thread.
Our research themes are:
You can ready more about The Policy Institute and our research themes here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute/about
The Policy Institute’s work is regularly cited in the media, and its researchers often write and provide analysis for a range of news outlets.
Below is a selection of our recent coverage:
You can learn more about the people within The Policy Institute here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute/about/people?role=
You can view our research findings here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute/research-analysis
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Closing date: 9am, Monday 7th December 2020
Longlisting: Monday 14th December
Preliminary interviews: Thursday 17th & Friday 18th December
Final interviews and assessments: Monday 11th January 2021
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