Events and Fundraising Assistant (CLOSED)

Job title: Events and Fundraising Assistant
Location: Westminster, London
Fixed-term contract: 6 months, full-time
Salary: London living wage – £10.20 per hour
Closing date: 9am, Friday 26 January 2018. Please note, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and an appointment may be made before this date.

Reform is recruiting an Events and Fundraising Assistant to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will be involved in organising Reform’s programme of around 60 high-quality events per annum, and will assist in delivering Reform’s fundraising strategy.

Reform runs an annual programme of around 60 policy and fundraising events which bring together senior leaders from across government, public services and business to push the public policy debate forward. The Events and Fundraising Assistant will play a key role in the organisation and delivery of these events, to ensure they run smoothly and are delivered to a high standard.

Reform runs a Corporate Partnership programme, including FTSE 100 and 250 companies, and has over 60 individual partners i.e. philanthropists donating £1, 000 or more each year to the charity’s work. Reform takes pride in the quality and depth of its relationships with key stakeholders. The Events and Fundraising Assistant will support relationship-management and communications with existing supporters, and will assist in building relationships with new supporters.

Reform is an independent, cross-party think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform the UK’s public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. Reform is the third largest think tank of its kind and the largest with a specific focus on public service reform and productivity. Its core research areas are Home Affairs and Justice, Education, Health, Work and Pensions, as well as cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, digital transformation, competition and choice, and efficiency.

Core responsibilities

  • Assist in the organisation and delivery of Reform’s annual programme of 60 events, including managing the RSVP process, producing event materials and on-the-day logistics
  • Assist in Reform‘s fundraising strategy, including monthly communication with supporters, the renewals process and record-keeping
  • Maintain accurate records in the database and update where appropriate

Other responsibilities

  • Support the wider work of the events, communications and fundraising team where appropriate to fulfil business needs
  • To undertake other reasonable duties as specified by the Head of Marketing and Communications or a Director, and to contribute to the general development of Reform

Person specification

  • Strong organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • A positive and can-do approach

How to apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from Monday 18 December 2017 to 9am, Friday 26 January 2018. Please note, an appointment may be made before the stated closing date.

Please send a covering letter and CV, for the attention of Ayla Kolakovich, to recruitment@reform.uk.

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact candidates who are not selected for interview. Late applications will not be considered.

Website: http://www.reform.uk/about/jobs/

Research Assistant (CLOSED)

Job title: Research Assistant
Length: Six months on a fixed contract
Salary: London Living Wage (£10.20 per hour)
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Location: Westminster, London

Reform is recruiting a Research Assistant to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. You will be a dynamic and motivated individual with a track record of strong research and communication skills, and committed to our core principles.

For 15 years Reform has been the leading think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. It is a non-partisan, independent research charity. Its core research areas are Home Affairs and Justice, Education, Health, Work and Pensions, as well as cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, digital transformation, competition and choice, and efficiency”. Alongside its research, Reform runs around 60 policy events a year, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, other parliamentarians, senior officials, public service leaders, academics and business leaders.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team to support Reform’s research programme, including drafting literature reviews and contributing to sections of reports. You will also support Reform’s regular contributions to the policy debate by researching ad hoc policy issues. You will support events, update Reform’s contact database, and participate in regular team meetings. You will contribute to Reform’s online output by writing blog posts and assisting with the weekly newsletter in collaboration with the research team.

It is essential that candidate demonstrates:

  • Some experience of conducting research on public policy
  • Good organisational and administrative skills, including in prioritising tasks
  • An ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A commitment to building and maintaining good professional relationships
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A First or good 2.i in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered. A master’s degree is desirable, though not necessary

Reform is committed to diversity. We will accommodate applications from any interested persons and to make reasonable adjustments at any stage should this be requested.

Interview/start dates

Interviews will be held on Monday 22 January 2018 and applicants are asked to be available on this date. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK, and be available to work for six months starting from 9am Monday 5 February, subject to negotiation.

Application details

To apply, please write responses to each of the following questions:

  • What is the biggest challenge facing UK public services today? And what policy would you suggest to overcome this challenge? (500 words)
  • Why do you want to work at Reform? (250 words)

To apply, submit your responses to the above three questions at this link, and send your CV, for the attention of Ayla Kolakovich, Finance and Office Manager, at recruitment@reform.uk. Please note, neither covering letters nor responses to the three questions via any method other than the link will be accepted.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from Monday 18 December 2017 to 9am Monday 15 January 2018. Successful applications will be invited to interview by 6pm Wednesday 17 January 2018. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact candidates who are not selected for interview. Late applications will not be considered.

Website: reform.uk/about/jobs

Testimonials

Former Research Assistants at Reform have gone on to pursue a range of careers, including gaining positions in government departments, non-government agencies, consultancies, charities, businesses and politics. Please see below testimonials from recent cohorts.

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Jul 16)

Emilie Sundorph

Emilie Sundorph

“The respect and autonomy given to Research Assistants from the very beginning is what really stands out for me about the position. From the very beginning I felt like I was a full member of the team and Researchers were extremely encouraging and helpful. Being brought on board on research projects from day one is both very challenging and very rewarding. It meant that I improved my skill set rapidly, and became better at doing policy research as well as writing about it. I would wholeheartedly recommend applying to anyone who is passionate about politics and good policy-making.”

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Ben Dobson, Former Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Nov 15 – Apr 16)

Ben Dobson

Ben Dobson

“As a Research Assistant I principally worked across three research projects covering working-age welfare and education policy. My typical day involved conducting primary research by reading academic and other papers, sourcing and analysing data and interviewing experts in the field, as well as drafting sections of research reports. I most enjoyed the autonomy I had to shape the direction of the research; it gave me the opportunity to have a real and immediate impact on Reform’s output, which I found really motivating.”

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Alasdair Riggs, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Sep 16)

Alasdair Riggs

Alasdair Riggs

“My time as a Research Assistant at Reform was some of the most stimulating and informative of my life. I worked on a range of policy areas, including health, employment services, social care, and school operating models. I was tasked in particular with supporting Reform’s work on how government commissions services from external providers. It’s better to think of this not as an internship – in which you might focus on largely administrative duties – but as a junior research role. You’ll make substantive contributions to Reform’s publications, and will need to work quite independently: you’ll be trusted to plan your own research, and manage your own priorities. Reform works to a high standard, and at a swift pace, so expectations are high. I’m now working towards a higher degree at the University of Oxford, for which Reform has without question prepared me as well as I could hope.”

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Roberta Wiafe, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Dec 14 – Sep 15)

Roberta Wiafe

Roberta Wiafe

“During my time at Reform I was able to work on a range of policy areas from criminal justice to health and social care, assisting with numerous research papers. I was given amazing opportunities to attend roundtables and discuss policy with business leaders, experts, and cabinet members which informed my understanding of the nuances of effective policy creation. My time at Reform expanded my knowledge of existing policy areas as well as improving my research and organisational skills. I learned to think critically about policy and how better to scrutinise and critique policies and research. After leaving Reform I went on to do a Master’s in International Public Policy at UCL and am going on to do an internship with the United Nations Development Programme in Ghana.” 

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