Canary Wharf, Greater London
£24,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description

We need a brilliant organiser to keep our charity running smoothly as we scale up to reach more young people.

We’re looking for someone who is excited to play an essential role in the team and our social impact by providing administrative support to all aspects of our work and ensuring all our operations are well-organised and efficient.

This will be a varied, hands-on role in a dynamic organisation that’s always changing and taking on new challenges.

As the organisation has plans to scale up, this is an opportunity to provide support to an expanding team and take growing responsibility over time for our operations and improving our processes.

Please ensure you send both a CV and cover letter. Only applications containing both will be considered!


  • Provide administrative support with our marketing and communications activities, to help us reach more schools and keep them engaged. You will help with scheduling e-newsletters, updating websites, creating simple sign-up forms and keeping mailing lists up to date.
  • Keep our databases up to date and accurate.
  • Plan and manage the logistical aspects of our events, from stands at education shows to our teacher training days, including pulling together materials and booking team accommodation, travel and catering.
  • Liaise with our schools, including sending out invoices, chasing payments, setting up online accounts and preparing and sending out welcome packs.
  • Support the team with a variety of admin tasks including monitoring inboxes and social media accounts, answering general inquiries and ensuring we have stationary and resources.
  • Research opportunities to reach more young people, for example identifying new schools that might be interested in our programmes.
  • Build efficiency into the team’s operations and help to improve our processes.

Skills, attributes and experience

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills: you are able to stay on top of a varied workload and prioritise appropriately, balancing short-term demands with longer-term goals. You’re energised by keeping teams processes well-organised.
  • Exceptional attention to detail: you have experience making sure information is accurate and well-organised, from databases to team inboxes and calendars.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills: You are able to build rapport and communicate clearly.
  • At least 1 year of experience in a relevant role, including experience using MS Office systems.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems. You are able to work in a self-directed way and adapt to change.
  • The initiative to anticipate the needs of the team and resolve operational and administrative issues before they arise.
  • The drive and positivity to overcome setbacks.
  • Teamwork: you take ownership of your work and you enjoy working collaboratively and contributing to a supportive team.

This role involves working with young people, so you will be required to have a DBS check (which we will organise).


We are a fast-growing charity that uses the journalistic expertise at The Economist newspaper to give young people the skills to think for themselves about current affairs.

What we do: We enable inspiring discussions about the news in classrooms and between schools in different communities.

Why we do it: Taking part in these discussions develops young people’s critical thinking skills, communication skills, confidence and knowledge of current affairs. These capabilities can help to change a young person’s life. They’re essential for working out the truth in the face of misinformation, one-sided debates and missing context in the media. They’re also hugely important for succeeding in school, employment and beyond. Our priority is to work with disadvantaged and marginalised young people who have fewer opportunities to develop these ‘news literacy’ competencies even though they have the most to gain from them.

Our impact: See the difference that our work makes here: BNC Impact | Burnet News Club

Our story so far: The Foundation was set up by our Chief Executive from inside The Economist in 2012. Since then, our core programme has achieved national scale and is running in over 80 schools across the UK, reaching 2000 young people every week. We are actively engaged with the ‘news literacy’ community, speaking at events internationally and giving input to the Fair Education Alliance, News Literacy Network and parliamentary inquiries. This year we were named by Escape the City as one of the top 100 places to work to make a difference, and we were recognised by HundrED as one of the top 100 education innovations globally.

Our plans: News literacy – the ability to think critically and communicate confidently about the news – is increasingly seen as a priority in education, business and politics. We're very excited about the opportunity this presents to grow our impact, and we have ambitious plans to do this in the coming two years including doubling the reach of our core programme, the Burnet News Club. This role is essential for delivering our growth plans.


The Economist Foundation is an independent charity that sits within The Economist but also works quite separately.

As we’re a small organisation, everyone plays a significant role in our work and deciding our plans for the future. We’re an informal and very friendly team. We make each other lots of cups of tea and we like finding excuses for social activities. We work hard but also flexibly, and some of us use that flexibility to be involved with other projects outside of work such as volunteering.

The Foundation was named by Escape the City as one of The Escape 100: Best Companies to Escape to in 2019.

At the same time, we have the advantages of a larger company. There are excellent benefits at The Economist Group, including a very good pension plan (the company will contribute up to 11%), private medical insurance, gym discounts and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to learn from the expertise in the company. There is a formal mentoring scheme and a good training programme, and the Foundation works closely with senior colleagues in the editorial team as well as many other parts of the business.

We’re supported by a global media brand which is becoming ever more valued in an uncertain world.


We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We know that diversity within an organisation makes it stronger. And we know that maximising our impact depends on reaching and supporting young people, and teachers, from all backgrounds. So we deeply value diversity in all respects, including age, cultural identity, race, colour, ethnic origin, national origin, gender, religious beliefs, disability, class or sexual orientation. We are passionate about continually improving our understanding of barriers to diversity and inclusion, and finding ways to overcome these in everything we do.

Posted on: 03 December 2019
Closed date: 02 January 2020
Tags: Admin, Operations

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