Deputy Director

Team: Research and Development

Salary: £55,000 – £65,000, depending on experience and location

Location: Leicester / London / Flexible

Permanent – Full-time role / Flexibility or Part-time considered

This is a key role helping to develop Learning and Work Institute’s programme of research and lead our communications and influencing work. Each year we secure and deliver around £4m worth of projects looking at the big challenges in learning, skills and employment.

With the Director of Policy and Research, you will help to lead our Research and Development team. This will include taking responsibility for developing a clear programme of work, securing funding, and delivering innovative and impactful projects. Alongside this, you will be responsible for leading our Policy and Communications team, who aim to ensure our wider work delivers maximum impact on policy and practice.

You will be a credible and influential voice on learning, skills and employment – with local and national government, media, funders and wider stakeholders. As a member of the Senior Management Team, you will also play a key role in shaping the future direction of a successful and impactful organisation.

The ideal candidate will bring extensive expertise and experience in policy, research and external communications; building and leading high-performing teams; and business development and fundraising.

Candidate information pack


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

L&W is a Silver Investor in People 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.

Please note that the successful candidate will need to undertake a DBS check.

Application process

  • Your application must be submitted via the GatenbySanderson website. The reference for this role is GSe71370
  • Applicants should submit a CV and a separate personal statement demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for the role. Your personal statement should be no more than two pages long. A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • Your current remuneration package and salary expectations.
  • Details of two referees (referees will not be contacted before final interviews without your express permission). The successful candidate will be subject to final references before an appointment can be formally offered.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2021.

Final interview date is w/c 22 March 2021.


If you have any queries about the role or the selection process, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson - Stephanie Crossland (07760 190 290)