Holborn, Greater London
£52,000 per year
Permanent, Part-time, Minimum of 21hrs per week, Full-time
Job description


CLASS is a leading left think tank that aims to ensure the political agenda is on the side of everyday people. This is an opportunity to be the director of a dynamic team, to build the profile of CLASS further, initiate and campaign for relevant research and policies in the aftermath of COVID-19, and grow the size and influence of the organisation.

This position will suit someone with proven leadership skills, experience of the labour movement and a keen interest in progressive policy development. Ideally, we would like to have a candidate in post by March 2021.

Originating in the labour movement, CLASS works with a broad coalition of trade unions, supporters, academics and experts to produce high quality, intellectually compelling publications and events. By producing research and events, and working with and commissioning work from our panel of experts and unions, CLASS seeks to shape ideas that can inspire the trade union movement and cement a broad alliance of social forces and influence policy development. CLASS has developed a strong reputation for  its work on a wide range of public policy issues, particularly its work on equality, the labour market and the economy.

Lockdown and COVID-19 provisions aside, this position will be based at our offices in Holborn, London where you will be working with a small committed team and reporting to the Management Committee quarterly. However, we can be flexible if you live outside London, as long as you can travel to the Holborn offices on a regular basis (transport costs will not be covered). The position is envisaged as a permanent, full-time role, but we are willing to consider  part-time if that suits the right candidate  (minimum 21 hours/week). There will be a six month probation period.

  • Contract: Permanent (with six months probation period)  
  • Salary: £52,000 (FTE)
  • Hours: Prefer fulltime, but negotiable (minimum of 21 hours per week)
  • Accountable to: Chair and Management Committee of CLASS
  • Location: Negotiable, however regular attendance in London once the office reopens is essential (transport costs will not be covered)
  • Holidays: Pro-rata equivalent of 30 days per annum + bank holidays

Job Purpose

To provide leadership and strategic direction to build upon CLASS’ achievements in influencing policy development to ensure the political agenda is on the side of everyday people. Working with the team, a Director will develop an ambitious strategy to boost CLASS’ networks, public profile and income streams.

Main Responsibilities

  • Provide strategy and leadership between meetings of the Management Committee.
  • Ensure equality sits at the heart of all our research and policy work.
  • Extend the influence and reach of CLASS by consolidating and developing relationships with senior trade unionists, politicians, academics, journalists and funders.
  • Develop and deliver a range of material which encourages discussion, debate and action within the labour movement and beyond.
  • Build on CLASS’ unique connections with leading experts across a range of policy areas to boost CLASS’ reputation for evidence-based research and policy development.
  • Provide intellectual rigour and analytical credibility to pull together CLASS’ work into a coherent and compelling narrative and present it in ways which encourage and involve the voice of working class people in the policy arena.
  • Elevate a class-based analysis in the media and policy fields and champion an intersectional approach to the issue of class.
  • Maintain a strong and mutual working relationship with supporting trade unions and the IER.
  • Oversee a small dedicated team, line-managing staff  and coordinating projects.
  • Communicate CLASS’ work to a broad range of audiences, representing CLASS at meetings and events, in the media, on platforms and through blogs, articles and social media.
  • Oversee  CLASS’ funding strategy to ensure a secure and sustainable future through increasing and diversifying funding sources to support CLASS’ work in research, dissemination and impact, while maintaining CLASS’ independence.
  • Oversee the management of the annual budget and ensure that appropriate financial accounts are maintained.
Refreshed on: 27 December 2020
Closed date: 18 January 2021
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management