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Editorial and Research Manager

Location:
London
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
03 Sep 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Institute as a central member of a fast-paced research team. As our Editorial and Research Manager you will work closely with the Head of Research to deliver thought-leadership on extremism and counter-extremism policy. In this hands-on editorial role, you will lead on research publications, from in-depth reports to policy papers by external experts, to essay anthologies. A skilled writer and editor, you will be responsible for ensuring publications are compelling and accessible to our target audiences.

  • Support the Head of Research to lead and manage the research team.
  • Manage research pipeline and editorial output, advancing the Institute’s strategy and working closely with colleagues across the Institute.
  • Identify and scope new research, publications and event opportunities, ensuring alignment with the Institute’s goals and effective stakeholder management.  
  • Commission and edit research and analysis by external contributors and in-house experts.
  • Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of research projects.
  • Work with senior leadership to set and action strategy.
What We Look For in Our People:
This is a senior management role in a fast-paced and busy research team. A commitment to ensuring the team can fulfil the ambitious goals it sets for itself, and ability to manage processes in line with Institute standards, is essential. As a central figure in the research team, the candidate must have excellent time-management and organisational skills, and show strong leadership qualities. The successful candidate for the role should be able to display the majority of the following:
  • A good grasp of and keen interest in current affairs and topical news stories, related but not limited to extremism, conflict and radicalisation.
  • At least three years experience in publishing, media, or the think tank space, an MA in a relevant subject, such as International Relations, Politics, Security, History, Political Economy, Sociology or Criminology would be desirable.
  • Excellent writing, editing skills and commissioning skills including the ability to translate academic and research output into accessible policy analysis.
  • Experience in managing people and leading a team.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, and prioritise effectively.
  • A commitment to rigorous fact-checking and attention to detail, even under pressure.
  • Ability to identify and drive continual improvements to systems and ways of working.
  • Readiness to adapt to last-minute changes and tight deadlines.
  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.

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