Director of Policy and Research

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Learning and Work Institute
Leicester / London / Flexible
£70,000 - £90,000 per annum, depending on experience and location
Closing date:
11th October
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
11th October 2021
Short listing
Monday 18th October


Director of Policy and Research

Full-time role / Flexibility or part-time considered

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is an independent policy, research and development organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.

We are focused on the big questions such as, How can we help the labour market recover from the pandemic and ensure everyone has fair access to good work? How do we help more people to develop their skills in a changing job market?

The role of Director of Policy and Research is a key one in the senior leadership of our institute, responsible for leading a team of around 30 experts in research, analysis and policy development generating over £2 million in programme income and achieving a significant impact in policy and practice.

We are looking for someone with an in-depth expertise and experience in leading programmes of research and development, leading high performing teams, achieving impact on policy and practice, securing funding, with knowledge of the learning, skills or employment sectors.

Your role will involve working with senior colleagues and the Board to set the agenda for our work, as well as leading the R&D team to achieve positive impacts through our work.

You will be a credible and influential voice on learning, skills and employment with local and national government, funders, media and wider stakeholders. You will work with senior colleagues to lead and develop the team, support our team to achieve their potential, and identify opportunities for us to grow our impact.

As a senior member of the L&W leadership team, you will also play a key role in shaping the direction of the organisation, working closely with the Chief Executive and the Board.

L&W is an Investor in People (silver) award holder, committed to equal opportunities and staff development including support for formal qualifications when applicable.

L&W prides itself on being a supportive and flexible employer. We recognise the importance of work-life balance for our staff and will consider flexible working arrangements.

We are committed to equality and diversity and encourage applications from all under-represented groups in society.

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