Institute of Economic Affairs

The IEA currently has two roles available:

  • Development Officer
  • Receptionist & Operations Officer

 Role: Development Officer


In the past 12 months the IEA has experienced a period of expansion and growth across our publications, events, international and student outreach programmes, communications and fundraising.  In 2015 we will celebrate our 60th anniversary and we have exciting plans, which include fundraising, to mark this milestone and secure the IEA’s future for the next 60 years.

It is in this context that we welcome applicants for the role of Development Officer to drive and support fundraising at the IEA. With particular focus on proposal and update writing, this exciting new position will play a key role in seeking and securing gifts from foundations, companies and individuals. 

If you are passionate about free markets, are an excellent written and verbal communicator and enjoy working in a fast-paced and collaborative team environment, we hope you will consider this role. 

Background to fundraising at the IEA

We are an educational charity and the vast majority of our income comes from charitable donations - from companies, individuals and charitable trusts. As such fundraising plays a vital role in seeking and securing donations to fund the IEA’s work. 

The Role

Securing Gifts

·         Work with the Head of Development to identify, cultivate and make applications to charitable trusts and foundations in the UK and abroad.

·         Draft proposals for individual and corporate asks and event sponsorship opportunities.

·         Work closely with the editorial and programme teams to retrieve information for proposals, charitable trust applications and donor updates.

·         Draft a general updates to highlight IEA activities and impact.

·         Work with the Head of Development to explore and potentially establish a high level direct mail campaign.

·         Build and maintain a bank of IEA facts, figures and testimonials to be used for proposals and marketing purposes.

·         Manage and drive recruitment to the IEA’s young professional giving club “i on the Future”, working with the Student Outreach Officer to identify and cultivate potential members, organise twice yearly dinners and use social media platforms to promote “i on the Future” membership.

·         Work with the IEA’s Database Manager and Head of Development on screening and prospect identification projects.

·         Attend fundraising meetings with donors and prospects as appropriate.

Donor Care

·         Draft thank you letters and ensure they are sent in a timely manner.

·         Work with the Head of Development to ensure donors are receiving appropriate updates and to identify upcoming research and activities that could be of interest.

·         Oversee mailings of publications to donors and prospects

·         Work with the Head of Development to maintain and improve the donor database and maximise its use to support fundraising.

·         Assist with the planning and implementation of events to thank and inspire our donors and introduce prospects to the work of the IEA.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


·         Experience writing  proposals for charitable trusts, individuals or corporations

·         2-3 years’ work experience

Knowledge & Skills

·         Understanding of and sympathy for free markets

·         Excellent writing skills; ability to collate information and translate into proposals

·         Excellent proof reader

·         Superior attention to detail


Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The IEA provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including a personal pension which matches up to 5% of salary, death in service, critical illness, group income protection, private medical insurance coverage, flexible working hours and 25 days paid leave per annum.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to with attention to Caroline Rollag, Head of Development.  No phone calls, please.. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. 


Role: Receptionist & Operations Officer


We welcome applicants for the role of Receptionist & Operations Officer to help ensure the IEA’s office environment and operational systems meet the high level of professionalism, consistency and efficiency expected by our staff and guests.  This is a vital administrative role which intersects will all the IEA’s activities and provides a strong opportunity for you to gain exposure to all aspects of the organisation.

Reception is the first point of contact for our staff and guests each day, and requires a candidate who is relentlessly punctual and professional and who loves interacting with people.  To successfully execute the other duties, this position also requires a jack of all trades: someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, passion for continuous improvement and willingness to do just about any task that needs doing.  If this sounds like you, we hope you will consider this role.

Receptionist Duties

  • Maintain the IEA’s front of house with the highest standards of professionalism and service, maintaining a tidy, welcoming and efficient atmosphere at all times.
  • Maintain punctual hours of 8:45am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, with up to one hour for lunch.
  • Be wholly responsible for meeting and greeting all guests, which will include high-profile visitors (MPs, businesspeople, journalists, academics, etc.).
  • Deliver a professional and welcoming atmosphere, including a friendly greeting, making visitors feel comfortable and at ease, and offering and providing refreshments.
  • Be in charge of handling all switchboard activity, answering calls politely and professionally, and efficiently channel a variety of different queries to the appropriate IEA staff member.
  • Bear sole responsibility for the appearance of the reception area and visible adjacent spaces.
  • Ensure meeting rooms, coffee room, post room and other public spaces remain tidy and professional at all times.

Operations Officer Duties

  • Support the IEA’s operations team in all its outputs, including office administration, human resources, IT/database, publications management, and assisting other departments as needed.
  • Open, sort and distribute all IEA post; and be a contact for deliveries, couriers, and other companies relating to the building’s maintenance and facilities.
  • Manage stock levels and order office supplies, ensuring we have sufficient quantities at all times while keeping within budget.
  • Support the IEA’s hiring efforts: maintain job adverts, process job applications, arrange interviews, ensure the employee handbook is up to date and assist with new hire orientation.
  • Be the first point of contact for basic IT help desk issues, resolving routine issues and answering questions related to telephones, computers, printers and software.
  • Maintain the IEA’s key contacts in the database, ensuring lists are up to date for event invites, newsletters, Christmas cards, etc.
  • Manage the IEA’s publications inventory and coordinate all IEA mailouts.
  • Coordinate aspects of the IEA’s events in collaboration with the events manager, including but not limited to managing invites/RSVPs, setting up rooms and greeting guests.
  • Regularly solicit and maintain a list of administrative and research tasks from all departments, negotiate mutually agreed deadlines and complete tasks accordingly.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Outstanding appreciation and understanding of productivity, responsibility, discretion and integrity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication: articulate and clear in person, on telephone and via email.
  • Well-presented and smartly dressed, with a high commitment to professionalism in all aspects.
  • Positive and enthusiastic with first-class people skills and an exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Superior organisational skills and attention to detail; passion for delivering high quality and timely work; team oriented but with the ability to work independently.
  • Entrepreneurial and solution-focused; thrives on challenge while remaining calm under pressure.
  • Appreciation for technology, including Microsoft Office literacy and the ability to quickly learn database tools and basic IT skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible and unsocial hours.
  • As with all employees, a willingness to be flexible and versatile and take on additional tasks and responsibilities when appropriate.


This is a junior-level position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The IEA provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including a personal pension which matches up to 5% of salary, death in service, critical illness, group income protection, private medical insurance coverage and 25 days paid leave per annum.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to with attention to Chad Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer.  Your cover letter should express how you learned about the position, your qualifications for the role, and your interest in the IEA mission. No phone calls, please. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.

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