Partnerships and Impact Manager

Recruiter
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Location
City of Westminster
Posted
14 Mar 2019
Closes
27 Mar 2019
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH

PARTNERSHIPS AND IMPACT MANAGER

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) 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. Recognising the relevance and potential impact of our work, the Economic and Social Research Council has named NIESR as one of 26 institutions 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, for NIESR staff to develop closer relationships with potential users of their research, for example in government, the private sector, schools and NGO’s. This will involve a range of activities, such as events, secondments, user friendly publications, the development of new tools and internal training. The new Partnerships and Impact manger will support this process, and help ensure that relationships prove sustainable, by generating matching funding and expanding our Corporate Membership programmes.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Communications and Engagement, and be located within an existing three person Communications team, but build relationships throughout the Institute, including with the Director and Chief Operating Officer.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Project Management and Reporting

  • Assist research staff to identify and approach potential partners for IAA work (although it is expected that much of the initiative in this area will come from staff themselves)
  • Contribute to the development of a coherent CRM platform to ensure that contacts developed through the IAA become long-term contacts for the Institute
  • 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, and publicise such opportunities among staff
  • 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
  • Manage the internal funding process for IAA monies and liaise with project leads to ensure timely spending and reporting and monitor project expenditure

Events and communications

  • Support the marketing and organisation of IAA events and share organisation of other NIESR events e.g. our quarterly forecast presentation
  • Support the development of new materials relevant to IAA activities
  • Work with other members of 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.
  • Support the Communications team to promote knowledge exchange and impact both internally and externally

General

  • Contribute to the overall activities of the Communication team/wider NIESR team as required.
  • Undertake any other duties related to the job purpose which may be necessary to the work of the role.
  • 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.
  • Abide by NIESR's organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

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 that 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.)
  • 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

To apply

The post is a fixed-term role for the duration of the funding, to January 2023. The role will be appointed at Grade E within the starting range of £35,875 - £38,875.

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 button below with the subject line ‘YOUR NAME – Partnerships and Impact Manager Application’.

The covering letter should specify the approximate date you would be available to start work and whether you require a visa to work in the UK. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is 12pm 29th March 2019.

We intend to hold interviews in the week beginning 8th April 2019.

Please note that, due to the number of applications that we normally receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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