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The Centre for Education Economics is seeking a new Director to take forward its ambitious plans for development in the coming period. 

About the Centre

The Centre for Education Economics is an independent think tank working to improve policy and practice in education through impartial economic research.

It exists for the study of education reform – to research and disseminate evidence addressed to how to improve the quality and efficiency of education services; achieve optimal outcomes for young people; and maximise the benefits of education to society as a whole.

In its research, the Centre takes an unashamedly disciplinary approach to the analysis of the existing education literature and in the framing of questions for future research. Education economics is not a widely understood discipline, but it has distinct advantages over others. While many disciplines contribute to our understanding of education, economic analysis can offer key insights for policy-makers. It has a strongly quantitative approach, and a clear framework for understanding the decisions and actions of all those involved in the provision, regulation, and support of education services, and the interests of pupils, and those that seek to capitalise on their education – further and higher education providers and employers. And most importantly, it brings a relentless focus on trying to establish causal links between policy variables and outcomes.

Role and responsibilities

CfEE as an organisation is committed to the identification and dissemination of rigorous, policy-relevant research and to improving public understanding of the economics of education. Successful partnership-building with academics, university research departments, and other research organisations, and with private and third sector sponsors, is therefore of key importance for a number of new initiatives the Board has planned for the coming year. 

As the Centre's Director you will have overall responsibility for implementing the Board's strategic plan, including the development and winning of new business via existing and new collaborative partnerships. 

You will take a lead on government, parliamentary, and key stakeholder engagement, representing the organisation at events and in the media and, with support from our events team, securing the participation of key influencers in our extensive programme of events.
With the support of an active Board and Academic Advisory Council, you will work closely with the Centre's Research Director in the identification of strategic priorities for research and impact, and in the development of the Centre's network of research fellows and contributors, to ensure that the Centre's research blog, digests, briefings, events, external speaking, and media output are informed by the best available research.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • leading on the development of new revenue streams   design and delivery of a new annual conference
  • developing the Centre's network 
  • project design and development, and commissioning
  • operational budget management
  • directing the Centre's stakeholder and externally facing communications 
  • communication via social media promotional tools
  • CfEE and external media/speaking.

Person specification

A commitment to the Centre’s mission, agenda, and values is a pre-requisite. We are looking for an able thinker with strong academic background, ideally in economics or quantitative education research, with an orientation to policy impact. You should be a personable, confident, and articulate communicator, with the ability to engage stakeholders through a variety of media. You will be a highly motivated self-starter capable of working remotely as part of a small team, and collaboratively with a dispersed network of supporters and suppliers.

Framework and benefits

Accountable to: the Board
Location: home or own-office based, with regular days in London for meetings and events
Initial 6 month contract for 3 days/week, with a view to going full time thereafter
Salary and hours: negotiable
Requirements for application: Please apply by email to James Croft,  CfEE Chair, with CV and covering letter. Please supply two referees; references may be taken up prior to interview.
Deadline: end of October
Board members
The Centre is also looking to expand its Board capability through the addition of two new trustees with the capacity to catalyse and accelerate our development. We are looking for informed and strategic thinkers, with political acumen and understanding of the policymaking process, and the kind of experience of SME financial and operational realities that will ground their input and advice.
Please express your interest via email to James Croft, CfEE Chair.