SE1, London
Competitive salary with pension and benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


The European Leadership Network (ELN) Impact Director is a new role – an evolution in the organisation’s structure that transforms the present Deputy Director role.  The successful candidate will need the vision, energy, initiative, confidence and team-working skills to shape the job to achieve as much as possible from it for the organisation’s goals.

The job forms part of the ELN senior management team alongside the Director and Research Director.  It will be necessary to work seamlessly with these two to lead the ELN’s organic growth, maintain its team spirit and sense of direction and increase its effectiveness and impact.  The medium-term goal is for the ELN to have as much influence on its chosen issues as any single European government. 

As a small team, the ELN necessarily operates by collaborative, matrix working rather than very hierarchical line management.  The Impact Director reports to the Director and oversees the work of the Network Development Officer, Network Support and Events Officer, the Communications and Commissioning Officer and the Operations Manager.  But the role but also involves working with all other members of the team and will take on increasing line management responsibilities as the team grows.

The ELN is a network of leaders who create real-world solutions for better security in wider Europe.  It concentrates on what it judges to be the gravest risks to Europe’s security and on the aspects of these risks where it assesses that it can make the greatest difference.  It aims to make a practical difference and recognises that it is above all governments that take the crucial security decisions.  In effect, it conducts ‘guerrilla diplomacy’ which it will be the Impact Director’s responsibility to shape, direct and assess the results of.

The Impact Director’s task is to enable the ELN in every possible way to make the greatest possible practical difference.  The role therefore includes, but is not confined to:

  • Engaging governments across the Euro-Atlantic area, above all those most likely to be influential on a particular issue.  Engagement serves many purposes.  But all of them should lead to increased impact, and thus increased influence, for the ELN.  For example, we engage governments in order to:
    • better understand policy issues and how governments see them so that we can target our practical recommendations and campaigning as accurately and effectively as possible; 
    • identify emerging policy issues and analysis on which governments may value future ELN assistance so that we can ensure that our future research and commissioning is as relevant as possible;
    • meet and win the confidence of key decision makers so that they and their institutions become more receptive to ELN advice and more open to using the ELN’s services.
  • Working with the Research Director to ensure that ELN research and commissioning is as sharply focused and timed as possible to make a difference to the decisions of governments and institutions.  Taking guidance from the Research Director and other members of the team on what they need to know about the thinking of governments and institutions in order to craft the most effective recommendations, actions and campaigning.
  • Overseeing the Operation Manager’s financial and HR running of the organisation and the work of the Events Officer in terms of the effectiveness of ELN events. Working across the team and with the Development Director and Operations Manager to ensure that ELN funding applications are well-designed for impact and that we meet our commitments to funders.
  • Working with the Network and Communications teams to shape the ELN’s communications strategy and regular communications in order to boost ELN profile, influence, media and campaigning impact.
  • Working with the Network and Communications teams and the programme officers responsible for the ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network and the ELN’s Contact Group on Russia-West Relations on strengthening the engagement, impact and influence of the ELN’s networks, especially its senior network, so that our network members derive increasing value from association with the ELN and the ELN derives increasing insight, access, impact and influence from its networks.  The ELN’s senior network of heavyweight public figures all across Europe from London to Moscow is the organisation’s USP but we see all the components of the ELN as a single Network.
  • Working with the ELN’s Development Director, Research Director, Director and others in the Network to develop the ELN’s impact narrative; to prioritise work; to target the team and the networks effectively for impact; and to identify and develop fundraising opportunities.
  • Working with Policy Fellows and Senior Associate Fellows on their research, drafting and networking so that they and their work become as influential as possible.



  • To apply, please submit an up to date CV and a covering letter.
  • The covering letter should be no longer than one A4 page and detail why you would be interested in this position and how you meet the person specification.
  • Candidates must have permission to work in the UK.
  • For more information on the European Leadership Network please visit our website.

Please note that, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to acknowledge receipt of all applications and only shortlisted candidates will be notified. If you have not heard from us within 7 days of the closing date, you have not been successful.

Posted on: 06 May 2020
Closed date: 31 May 2020
Tags: Senior Management, Advocacy