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 Institute of Economic Affairs

The IEA currently has two roles available:

  • Development Officer
  • Communications Outreach Officer

 

 

 Role: Development Officer

 

Context

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

·         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

 

Compensation

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 iea@iea.org.uk 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: Communications Outreach Officer 

Context

In the past 12 months the IEA has experienced a period of expansion and growth across our publications, events, communications, international and student outreach programmes.  In 2015 we will celebrate our 60th anniversary and we have exciting plans, which include expanding our communications outreach.

It is in this context that we welcome applicants for the role of Communications Outreach Officer to drive and support the growth of our media and public affairs output, with particular focus on improving the quality of information on key stakeholders to improve the reach and impact of IEA work.

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. 

 

Outreach Duties

·         Overhaul the IEA’s data to create tailored lists for a range of different areas to improve the dissemination of IEA work.

·         Improve the quality of existing information and the effectiveness of the database.

·         Explore options for buying data in relevant areas.

·         Build a wide range of new data sets.

·         Collaborate with all staff to improve the ease with which they can use and access data.

·         Monitor data entry procedures.

·         Monitor media to identify stakeholders with specific policy interests to add to the database.

 

Communications Duties

·         Monitor media on a frequent basis to identify relevant breaking stories.

·         Work with the IEA’s Communications Officer on prospective media strategies.

·         Draft and disseminate press releases, quotes and comments to the media.

·         Maintain and improve an effective media monitoring system in order to maximise opportunities for IEA media exposure.

·         Ensure that research and comment is reaching the relevant people by utilising relevant data.

·         Monitor Parliament and other government legislatures and bodies for upcoming motions, debates and statements.

·         Conduct Parliamentary forward planning.

·         Write briefings on topics in association with the Head of Public Policy to send to parliamentarians.

·         Arrange meetings with Parliamentarians to increase outreach with politicians across the political spectrum.

·         Represent the IEA at events and meetings and, where appropriate, as a spokesperson.

·         Handle and respond to out of hours media calls.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills and a proven ability to distil complex and technical arguments succinctly and clearly

·         Superior organisational skills and attention to detail; passion for delivering high quality and timely work; team oriented but with the ability to work independently

·         Willing to work long and sometimes unsocial hours

·         2:1 degree in a relevant subject

·         An understanding of and commitment to free-market ideas and arguments

·         An understanding of British Parliamentary procedure

·         Excellent IT skills, especially Microsoft Excel and ability to learn to utilise new programmes quickly

·         Experience working in media communications for a think tank, pressure group, charity or similar organisation or in Parliament as a researcher

 

Compensation

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 iea@iea.org.uk with attention to Stephanie Lis, Head of Communications.  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.

For anyone interested in one of our internship programmes (the IEA offers operational, communications and research internships), please see our interns page here.

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