Associate Director
£33k – £45k (dependent on experience)

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Progressive economics for people and place

Established in 1986, CLES is the UK’s leading, independent think and do tank realising progressive economics for people and place. Our aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere.

It is an exciting time to join the CLES team. Given the current political and economic climate, and with the devolution process unfolding on our doorstep here in Manchester, our work and progressive stance has taken on a new significance and urgency. We are also undergoing a rebranding exercise to better reflect our position and diverse expertise while serving our growing audiences.

Associate Director

You will play a key role in managing CLES consultancy, research and policy advice activities and a team of Senior Researchers and Researchers. You will identify new policy ideas and secure new business opportunities through developing networks and relationships with a range of organisations. You will play a key role in project managing and delivering work to a high standard as well as implementing activities. In addition you will help produce policy publications and will deliver bespoke training and membership seminars.

You will have over five years’ experience of a policy/research/consultancy environment, preferably with a think tank, local authority or other public sector agency, voluntary and community sector organisation, or consultancy. You will have experience of developing relationships with a range of stakeholders across the public, commercial and social sectors, including grant making and philanthropic organisations and securing research and policy work.  You will be self motivated, enthusiastic, up for creative thinking and keen on making a positive difference to local places and society. The role is an opportunity to work in a unique and innovative environment.

CLES actively welcomes applications from all sections of society. Our aim is that we are truly inclusive and we are committed to a culture where diversity is celebrated.

Registered charity number 1089503.

How to apply

To apply please submit a CV and full cover letter to Laura Symonds:

Laura Symonds

Office Manager


Express Networks

1 George Leigh Street

Manchester   M4 5DL

T: 0161 236 7036

E: [email protected]

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post, please contact Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES on 0161 236 7036.

  • The closing date for applications: 12 noon – Monday 31st October 2016
  • Interviews will be held on Friday 11th November 2016
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