Chief Economist or Senior Economist

Salary: Depending on experience
Contract: Full-time

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the UK’s leading independent think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. NEF understands the interlinked and systemic nature of the biggest issues we face today: from escalating economic inequality to runaway climate change.  It is an organisation highly regarded for its ground breaking research and for the way it works in partnership with organisations and communities to put its ideas into action. Through the excellence of its research, NEF continues its mission to build a new economy – one which truly serves the interests of people and the planet.

We currently have a vacancy for a Chief Economist or Senior Economist (depending on experience and expertise) with important responsibilities for helping to strengthen NEF’s public profile and policy impact.

The post holder will work to highlight the critical importance of new and progressive economic thinking across all aspects of NEF’s work, including in our research projects and policy advocacy; external engagement with media, decision-makers and opinion formers; training; movement building; and campaigning.

The successful candidate will work with colleagues to provide strategic vision, innovation and leadership on economic policy and research at NEF, working to enhance and develop NEF’s external profile, its influence and impact. S/he will combine academic credentials with demonstrable experience of first-rate research and analysis in the field of economics (both heterodox and orthodox), creativity and flair, and experience of effective external engagement with the media and policy makers.

Although this role is being advertised as full-time and based in our London offices, we welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern, and would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process. We are keen to consider candidates with excellence and promise as well as those with seniority and an outstanding track record.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 29th February 2016

Interviews: First round, Monday 7th March 2016; Second round, Monday 14th March 2016

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Head of Finance

Salary: £45k – £50k p.a
Contract: Full-time

An opportunity has arisen for an outstanding Head of Finance to lead the financial and management accounting functions at NEF.

Working with the Chief Operating Officer in shaping NEF’s finance department and developing systems that meet the needs of a complex organisation means that this challenging role is central to ensuring that NEF, the UK’s leading independent think-tank, continues to make its vision a reality.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant (or qualified by experience) with at least two years post qualification experience of managing both the financial and management accounting functions.

Experience in a not-for-profit organisation would be hugely beneficial; while the ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, is essential.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 9th February 2016

Interviews: Thursday 18th February 2016

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European Research & Policy Network Co-ordinator

Salary: £30k - £34k p.a pro rata
Contract: Part-time; 3 days per week

The need for transformative change to the economic system is overwhelming and urgent – our current economic system is unsustainable, unstable and increasingly unequal. Yet civil society isn’t mounting a serious challenge to the system. NEF is taking the first steps to change this.

Building on our success of establishing the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) in the UK we now have funding for two major European wide projects which will significantly extend NEF’s work. This new post will support the development of a European wide civil society movement for systemic change, and help establish a European New Economics Research and Policy Network.

We are looking for an outstanding campaign organiser who knows the power of networks. You’ll have a keen political sense, understand the importance of training/capacity building and know how to build a strategy that delivers big results.

You will have experience of working across a number of European countries, and establishing or running an active network of organisations or individuals. You’ll love working with people, especially campaigners from different background. Ideally you’ll speak a few European languages. You should have a good working knowledge of political economy and an excellent grasp of strategy.

Deadline for applications: 12pm, Wednesday 17th February 2016

Interviews: Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Treasurer

Required 1-2 days per month 

Dynamic and uniquely respected, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) is the UK’s leading independent think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. NEF understands the interlinked and systemic nature of the biggest issues we face today: from escalating economic inequality to runaway climate change. It is an organisation that is highly regarded not just for its ground-breaking research, but also for the way it works in partnership with organisations and communities to put its ideas into action. Through the excellence of its research and its pioneering thought leadership, NEF continues its mission to build a new economy – one that truly serves the interests of people and the planet.

NEF is currently seeking to appoint a Treasurer who will sit on its Board of Trustees. The Treasurer is therefore firstly a Trustee of NEF (which a UK registered charity) but also plays a key role in providing a link for the Trustees between the finance function of NEF and the Board. In particular, the Treasurer helps the Trustees to understand the implications of the management accounts, the rolling financial forecast and financial strategy of the organisation.

The Treasurer will work in an advisory capacity with NEF’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Finance in reviewing the organisation’s accounting and finance policies as required and will ensure that the Board is well briefed on the implications and risks associated with any major financial transactions or decisions.

NEF also has an important and very successful trading subsidiary in the form of ‘NEF Consulting’ (www.nef-consulting.co.uk), which is a company limited by guarantee. The Treasurer will normally also be appointed to the Board of NEF Consulting, which allows the post holder to maintain a good oversight and understanding of the progress of NEF Consulting and enables the Board of NEF to have a source of independent advice on the financial health of NEF Consulting and the contribution that it makes to NEF finances.

We would expect the post holder to have a formal accounting qualification (or relevant professional experience) that ensures that he/she is familiar with the preparation and interpretation of statutory financial accounts and is able to relate to NEF’s auditors in a senior and professional manner.

As NEF is a charity, the position of Treasurer and Board member is not remunerated, though travel expenses are provided if requested. The time commitment inevitably varies depending upon the time of year and the extent to which NEF maybe considering any major changes. On average however, we would expect the position to require between 1-2 days per month.

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How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a current CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and reasons for applying to:
Heather Rowe at recruitment@neweconomics.org

Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about the position before applying please contact: Viv Davies (Chief Operating Officer) – email: viv.davies@neweconomics.org; Tel: (0) 207 820 6334

Deadline for applications: 9am, Friday 19th February 2016

For more information about any of our available roles please write to Lois Fiander, NEF, 10 Salamanca Place, London, SE1 7HB or email recruitment@neweconomics.org

NEF is an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups and from a diversity of backgrounds and experience. NEF also welcomes flexible working and job shares.