Job Info
Salary: £40,000 to £50,000
Job Type: Permanent
Contract Type: Full time or part time
Closing Date:07 April 2021 11:59 pm
Location: Central London / Working remotely
Benefits: See below

Associate Director of Partnerships and Events

The Education Policy Institute is seeking a talented and motivated candidate to join our Communications, Events and Partnerships team as an Associate Director of Partnerships and Events.

This position presents an opportunity to contribute to the success of EPI by initiating and building partnerships with external organisations to support our financial sustainability, and through leadership of our varied events programme to ensure our research findings are disseminated to a wide audience in a timely and impactful way.

In this role you will support the development of EPI and our mission to influence education policy-making, and ultimately to improve the life chances of children and young people in England.


About EPI


The Education Policy Institute is one of the country’s leading public policy research organisations. We aim to promote high quality education outcomes for all children and young people, regardless of social background. Our authoritative, impartial reports have proven both timely and influential, reaching a large and diverse audience including parliament, government, practitioners and the general public. Our high-quality programme of data-led research generates powerful evidence that is able to shape policy.


For details on this new role, the work of the Education Policy Institute and how to apply, please read our Application Guide. A summary of the new position can also be found below.



About you


Your work at the Education Policy Institute will build on the experience you already have. You will:

  • Have at least three years’ experience working in one or more of the following areas communications, external affairs, public affairs, policy, or event-management.
  • Have excellent communication skills and will be prepared to represent EPI at meetings, conferences and networking events.
  • Have experience in managing small teams.
  • Be ready to lead, develop and manage our varied events programme including roundtables, conferences, webinars and large programme of events across the three political party conferences to achieve policy impact.
  • Be prepared to initiate and develop strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to support our financial sustainability and our position as a prominent convener of education sector leaders.
  • Be highly organised and efficient with excellent attention to detail and prepared to support contract development and financial reporting.
  • Be an enthusiastic team player who is keen to help build a small but fast-growing independent research institute and support the professional development of their small but highly capable team.
  • Be committed to EPI’s mission to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people through timely, impactful and evidence-based analysis.

A knowledge of the education, public policy and/or research landscape is desirable, but we are also willing to consider applications from candidates without this background knowledge and who can demonstrate a commitment to our mission and the ability to learn new policy areas quickly.





  • We offer a salary of £40 to £50k depending on experience, plus 8 per cent employer pension contributions.
  • We offer flexible working hours, including the opportunity to work from home, because it’s the outputs that matter, not the hours you spend sitting at a desk, and we know you have a life outside of work.
  • You’ll get 30 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays. EPI also shuts between Christmas and New Year, and that won’t count towards your 30 days.
  • We offer season ticket loans and a cycle to work scheme.
  • We are a Time to Change employer and we provide an employee mental health assistance programme.




EPI’s offices are based in central London, on Buckingham Palace Road and are very well connected – situated just 5 minutes away from Victoria Station.

All the EPI team are currently working remotely, and this will continue until government guidance changes.


Other requirements


All positions at EPI are subject to reference checks and a DBS check. We ask you to provide two referees in your application. References will only be sought, and a DBS check carried out once a job is offered.

Please note that all EPI roles are subject to a 6-month probation period.


How to apply


> To apply, please fill out our application form by 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 April 2021, using this link


This is to help us improve the fairness of our recruitment process, the staff involved in the sifting process will not have access to your name, personal contact information or the names of the education institutions you have attended. To help us achieve this aim we ask that you do not send in CVs and covering letters as they will not be considered. We also ask that you do not reveal personal information about yourself in your application answers.

Our selection process is fairly short and quick: interviews will take place over video conference  within two weeks of the closing date, though we can be flexible with timing for the right candidate. The interview will ask the questions about your skills and experience. The interview panel will include the Executive Chair and CEO as well an additional panel member from outside the organisation.

If you have any questions about the post, the application process or require any reasonable adjustments, please do contact before applying and we’ll be happy to discuss it.

Please note that we are only able to consider applicants who have a right to work in the UK as we are unfortunately unable to sponsor applicants at this time. For more guidance on the right to work in the UK please visit:


EPI’s commitment to having a diverse workforce

EPI is committed to having a diverse workforce and eliminating discrimination. Our aim is that each employee within the organisation feels respected and able to give of their best. This commitment is in keeping with EPI’s mission and purpose to improve the outcomes for all children and young people regardless of background.

We need your support, so we especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian, Mixed or Multiple and Other Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We especially welcome these candidates to discuss the role and any questions they have with the hiring panel prior to application.

We also ask all candidates fill out an optional and anonymous diversity monitoring form alongside their application form to help us understand how we can improve the fairness of our recruitment process. Staff involved in sifting and interviewing candidates will not have access to this data. The form is entirely voluntary so if you would rather not disclosure this information please click through to the end of the form.