The National Institute of Economic and Social Research at any one time is working on a wide array of projects and we may have vacancies on a part-time temporary basis for advanced postgraduate students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills. We are happy to receive speculative applications CVs from appropriately qualified students who are based at UK universities and live within easy commuting distance of our Westminster offices, to consider for current vacancies or to keep on file should an appropriate job emerge. In the first instance a covering letter outlining your research interests and your CV with the names of at least two referees should be sent to HR [at] niesr.ac.uk
- Executive Assistant - closing date 5pm Monday 29 July 2019
- Partnerships and Impact Manager - closing date 30th July 2019
- Director of Microeconomic and Social Research - closing date 9th September 2019
- Trustee - closing date 2nd September 2019
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. We specialise in high quality academic research that helps shape policy and impacts on the lives of individuals. NIESR employs almost 40 researchers and has a large and diverse stream of funding. The Institute is a UK registered charity and company limited by guarantee. We are governed by a Council of Management, operating as a Board of Trustees, comprising senior representatives from policy-making, business and academia. Further information is available at www.niesr.ac.uk
We are looking to recruit a board-level Executive Assistant to support our Director and Chief Operating Officer in administrating non-research activities and helping to deliver our strategic and operational plans. Tasks will include HR administration, corporate governance and high-level PA and administrative support. The successful candidate will report to NIESR’s Chief Operating Officer but work closely with other staff members, including the Director and our Council of Management. This is a busy role and varied role which will require you to work calmly and systematically under pressure to prioritise competing deadlines and workloads.
You will be an experienced administrator looking for your next career move into a role where you will directly contribute to the ongoing success of your organisation. You will have a hands-on approach, think on your feet, have an excellent eye for detail and enjoy a varied and diverse workload as well as being able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills. We are an ambitious and energetic team that wants to make a difference in the world though our work and are looking for a committed professional to join us and quickly become an effective, key member of our team.
General office support
- Support the Director and COO to deliver the Institute’s objectives by effectively managing their day-to-day business, including proactive diary management and booking travel and accommodation as required.
- Liaise with internal and external contacts and meet and greet external visitors.
- Screen, prioritise, respond to and distribute incoming emails and telephone calls.
- Attendance at Institute events where appropriate.
- Maintain high levels of discretion, confidentiality and professionalism at all times.
- Instigate and support continual improvement of office processes to maximize accuracy and efficiency.
- Facilitate the processes for the recruitment of new staff and trustees, their documentation on appointment and their induction.
- Draft offer letters and employment contracts for successful candidates
- Administer the online and paper HR record systems
- Report joiners/leavers and any changes to staff terms to Finance for payroll processing
- Facilitate the staff appraisals process.
- Promote staff development and training.
- Implement and promote HR policies.
- Coordinate and collate agenda and meeting papers for the AGM, Council of Management, sub-committee meetings and Senior Management Team meetings (materials prep, minutes, organisation, matters arising follow up etc.).
- Facilitate diary management, logistics and other necessary meeting arrangements.
- Act as the central point of contact between Trustees, Governors and the Institute
- Maintain register of interests for staff and Trustees
- Assist the COO in ensuring that NIESR complies with relevant company and charity law and prevailing standards of good governance and transparency.
The candidate will be appointed to a non-research grade F, with a starting salary in the range of £32,000 to £41,000 depending on qualifications and experience. In addition, NIESR contributes to a pension scheme for all staff and offers 30 days annual leave for all staff.
Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability in line with the person specification and interest in this post, to hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘YOUR NAME - Executive Assistant application’.
The covering letter must state whether you require a visa to work in the UK, and if so, your current visa status. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We expect the role to commence as soon as possible, so please specify the approximate date you would be available to start work.
The closing date for is 17.00 on Monday July 29 with interviews to be scheduled the following week.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
A new opportunity has arisen to further increase the impact of Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. Based in the heart of Westminster, NIESR sits at the centre of an exceptional network of government, corporate and third sector policy makers, specialising in high quality academic research, which address real life issues. Proud of our rigour and independence, we have no party political affiliation, and are a registered UK charity.
The post holder will play a leading role in enhancing our impact, working with staff throughout the Institute to develop partnerships with external users, in government, the private sector, schools and NGO’s, and contributing to strategy through meetings of our Senior Management Team, and expanding our Corporate Membership programme.
Recognising our potential, the Economic and Social Research Council has this year named NIESR as one of only two non-Universities to hold one of its Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA’s). The IAA will make available a minimum of £200,000 each year for the next four years to support to support closer relationships with potential users of their research. This will involve a range of activities, such as events, secondments, user friendly publications, the development of new tools and internal training. The Partnerships and Impact Manager will take prime responsibility for managing the IAA grant.
The successful candidate will report to the Chief Operating Officer, working closely with the existing NIESR Communications team and staff throughout the Institute, and representing NIESR at various external fora.
Project Management and Reporting
- Work with research staff to identify and approach potential partners for IAA work
- Strengthen the relationship with existing external contacts, through deepening their engagement, and contribute to the development of a coherent CRM platform.
- Identify external organisations with the potential to join the NIESR Corporate Membership scheme, and support the Director and Chief Operating Officer in making approaches to these
- Manage the internal procedure for allocating IAA funding, publicise such opportunities amongst staff and ensure timely expenditure and reporting
- Help the Institute devise suitable targets for IAA activity, and ensure that appropriate reporting and record keeping mechanisms are in place for internal use, and reporting to ESRC
- Produce reports, such as performance reports for the internal IAA Steering Group, case study reports for the ESRC and reporting on KPIs
Events and communications
- Support the marketing and organisation of IAA events and contribute to the organisation of other NIESR events e.g. our quarterly economic forecast presentation
- Support the development of new materials relevant to IAA activities
- Work closely with the NIESR Communications team to ensure that IAA activities receive maximum publicity internally and externally
- Liaise with and support existing corporate members
- Spotting opportunities to engage with new stakeholders and to leverage existing work to cultivate new potential corporate sponsors.
- Contribute to the wider promotion of NIESR’s external profile as required.
• Represent NIESR in a professional manner to stakeholders and all audiences.
• Be flexible within the broad remit of the post.
• Attend and participate in NIESR’s performance, development and training programme, and where appropriate suggest activities for that programme/
• Abide by NIESR's organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.
- Undertake any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the role
Skills & Experience
The post holder could come from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to:
event organisation and marketing, stakeholder management, membership programmes involving the corporate sector, fundraising or any other form of external liaison activity.
More important than specific background is the ability of applicants to demonstrate the following skills:
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including the ability to persuade external organisations of the benefits of working with NIESR.
- Strong organisational skills, including the ability to manage events at all levels
- Strong interpersonal skills and the confidence to liaise with a wide range of key stakeholders (from senior academics to policymakers, to economists in the private sectors etc.)
- Customer Focus – the ability to understand the benefits external partners can gain from working with NIESR, and portray these systematically. Experience of CRM systems would also be an advantage.
- Flexibility – NIESR is a small organisation in which staff members are sometimes needed to undertake duties (including quite routine ones!) at short notice. Added to which, the precise activities to be undertaken within the IAA will be demand led, responding to opportunities as they arise
- Keen attention to detail and a methodical approach to record keeping and reporting;
- High motivation with the ability to manage and priorities own workload under pressure;
- Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, showing respect to colleagues at all levels of the organisation;
- Strong critical thinking with the ability to process and challenge new information;
- Excellent MS Office skills
- Excellent time management skills
The post is a fixed-term role for the duration of the IAA funding, to January 2023, but may be made permanent following that period, depending on the success of the post holder. The role will be appointed at Grade E within the starting range of £38,000 - £45,000, and potential progression to £50,000, depending on performance. NIESR also offers 30 days annual leave, flexible hours (including the potential to work from home for one day per week) and contributes to a private pension scheme.
Applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to: Ruth Hallesy via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘YOUR NAME – Partnerships and Impact Manager Application’. The covering letter should specify any current salary, the approximate date you would be available to start work, and whether you require a visa to work in the UK. Sponsorship is not available for this position. Letters should also contain the names and contact details of two referees, who will not be approached without prior agreement. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Closing date for applications is 12pm on Tuesday July 30th.
We intend to hold interviews in the week beginning August 5th, with some flexibility for candidates who notify us at the time of application that they will be unavailable during that week.
Please note that, due to the number of applications that we normally receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is Britain’s longest established independent research institute, and one of the most prestigious. We specialise in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives, with funding from the ESRC, major foundations, and a wide range of public and corporate bodies. Based in the heart of Westminster, our exceptional user networks make NIESR an ideal location to develop research, disseminate it and influence policy. From 2019, this area of our work is underpinned by the award of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account; we are one of only two non-universities to achieve this status. Further information on our work is available at www.niesr.ac.uk
Reflecting the policy-focussed nature of our work, we are seeking to appoint to a new post, that of Director of Microeconomics and Social Research (DMSR), to lead our work across three current areas – Trade, Productivity and Investment, Employment and Labour markets and Education and Social Policy. The teams currently comprise 12-15 researchers working on frontier projects that attracted significant external funding in the last financial year. The research staff are talented, ambitious and have significant potential to expand their work areas. The teams comprise both economists and staff from other social science disciplines.
This new position will be expected to lead the Institute’s research in applied microeconometric and social research into a research centre with significant and long-term funding. The DMSR will develop, design and lead on a number of concurrent research projects within areas of expertise and manage projects. We would expect the incoming DMSR to have a significant national and international presence, and develop this further through NIESR’s extensive networks. The appointee will actively draw on their external networks to develop research proposals of national and international significance so that funding targets are achieved for own role, other team members and for the Institute, combining policy significance with output in highly-regarded journals.
KEY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Location: Central London - NIESR offices at 2 Dean Trench Street, Westminster.
Contractual provision: Full-time or Substantial Part-Time (possibly on secondment from a University Post).
Proposed salary range: Professorial Scale
Other: USS membership is available, 30 days annual leave, some flexibility in working hours, potential to work from home one day per week by agreement
POSITION IN THE ORGANISATION:
12-15 staff comprising staff on Principal, Senior and Economist / Research Grades, based in a number of groups or clusters.
Key relationships: (internal and external)
NIESR staff and Trustees, external funders/audiences to develop contacts/potential sources of funding, initiate proposals, publicise research and represent NIESR.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: (SUBJECT TO REVISION)
- Provide strategic and intellectual leadership for NIESR’s programme of microeconomic and social research;
- Develop and implement NIESR's programme of microeconomic research and maximise the impact of that work in policy circles and in the media;
- Provide the focal point for NIESR's research-led view on individual, household and firm-level developments, both in the UK and internationally;
- Work closely with senior colleagues, in particular the Research Director in Microeconometrics, Professor Peter Dolton and the Director of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, Rebecca Riley, managing projects and staff working on microeconomic areas of research and providing intellectual motivation.
- Draw on and develop networks/leads for potential sources of funding and engage with senior contacts at strategic level;
- Support the Directors in developing new sources of funding;
- Prepare and draft research bids and proposals with support from other team members.
- Build a research cluster and eventually a Centre concentrating on household and firm-level decision-making and well-being outcomes, related to existing teams at NIESR working on productivity, employment and social policy.
- Oversee the design of research programmes/models, the setting up and conduct of research using appropriate methodologies.
- Project manage research activities and grant conditions for own area. and ensure progress reports are submitted, as required, to funders with projects delivered to budget;
- Provide leadership to NIESR’s microeconomics and social research areas;
- Ensure the teams are appropriately funded, individually and collectively;
- Prepare and present findings of research activity for research and policy stakeholders and for peer review. Draft and submit high quality academic and/or policy research output for academic publications, reports, model features, and newspaper or website articles. Oversee activities where research is being led by other team members;
- In tandem with the Directors, plan and implement strategy to disseminate/promote research more widely and achieve maximum impact on public, policymakers and opinion-formers;
Staff management and development
- Direct reports: senior members of the micro teams.
- Lead, manage and support direct reports. Ensure appropriate staff are recruited, motivated and developed, including carrying out appraisals, providing training and advising on professional development.
Please contact the Director, Professor Jagjit S. Chadha, director [at] niesr.ac.uk, or on 020 7654 1914, for an informal discussion or further information.
Please apply to Ruth Hallesy at HR [at] niesr.ac.uk by close of business on 9th September 2019 with a covering letter, CV and the names of four referees. Emailed applications should include the subject line ‘YOUR NAME - Director – Microeconomics and Social Research’.
Due to the large number of applications we usually receive, we regret that it may only be possible to contact shortlisted applicants.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is one of Britain’s most influential and prestigious independent research centres and in 2018 celebrated its 80th anniversary. We specialise in applied economic and social research, combining rigorous academic standards with influence on policy formation. Our objective is to promote, through quantitative and qualitative research, a deeper understanding of the interaction of economic and social forces that affect people’s lives and the ways in which policy can improve them. We have no political affiliation and receive no core funding from government.
The Institute is a UK registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Council of Management, operating as a Board of Trustees, who are collectively responsible for driving the overall strategy of the Institute. The Board consists of senior representatives from policy-making, business and academia and is chaired by Professor Diane Coyle OBE.
We are seeking to appoint up to three Trustees to the Council of Management to help develop our strategic plan and scrutinise and challenge the executive to ensure the Institute can thrive. Applications are welcome from candidates with experience in any area of the Institute’s operations, but particularly from those with proven skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Contemporary social policy issues
- Enhancing the impact of research, including the commercial exploitation of research expertise
- Fund raising, income generation or sponsorship building
- Senior level experience the UK higher education system
- To ensure the Institute complies with its governing documents and legislation and pursues its stated objectives
- To contribute actively to strategic direction and policy setting, defining objectives and targets, and monitoring and evaluating performance against them
- To monitor the effective and efficient management and administration of the Institute
- To ensure the financial stability and solvency of the Institute
- To use any specific skill, knowledge or experience to assist the trustees to reach sound decisions
- To act as an ambassador for the Institute.
The Council of Management meets quarterly at our Westminster office, with Trustees additionally expected to serve on a sub-committee which meet up to four times per year. Meetings usually last approximately two hours. Trustees are expected to devote sufficient time to ensure satisfactory discharge of their responsibilities and to actively contribute to the Council and engage with the Institute, advocating our work, supporting our management team and attending events as appropriate.
The post is not remunerated, but all expenses are reimbursed up to the Institute’s expenses limits.
Appointments are for 4 years, usually renewable once.
To apply applicants should provide a full CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages, explaining their suitability and interest in this post, to Ruth Hallesy via email: hr [at] niesr.ac.uk with the subject line ‘[Your name] Trustee application’. The deadline for applications is 2nd September 2019.
For any further information or to arrange an informal, confidential discussion, please contact the Director of the Institute, Jagjit Chadha, or Chief Operating officer, John Kirkland.
We welcome applications regardless of race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability, or age. Applicants must not be disqualified from acting as a Trustee or company director.
The National Institute of Economic Research is Britain’s longest established independent economic and social research institute. It specialises in high quality academic research, relevant to the economic and social forces affecting people’s lives.