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Reference: 66029

Date Added: 18 May 2018
Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Job Title: Chief Executive

Working For: Localis

Location: London

Salary: Dependent on experience

Job Details

As Chief Executive you will have a unique opportunity to make the case for the importance of place in politics and policy. Localis has enjoyed two years of rapid growth and now seeks a new Chief Executive to take the organisation onto the next level. Working to the Chairman and Board, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Set overall strategic and policy direction of Localis
  • Deliver consistently high quality publications and events
  • Ensure the organisation remains in robust financial health, including achieving key business targets
  • Recruit, manage, lead and develop staff
  • Retain Localis’s influential position in national policy debates
  • Oversee and manage relationships with sponsors and partners
  • Proactively investigate and pursue new fundraising opportunities
  • Maximise the profile of our work by engaging with, and building networks with, a wide range of opinion formers, journalists and political and executive stakeholders across national and local government
  • Be the public face of Localis – appear on TV, radio and in press, speak at public events
  • Scope, supervise and edit research reports
  • Set overall direction for Localis’s programme of events

Candidate specification – essential requirements:

  • A self-starter, with first rate interpersonal skills
  • Experience and understanding of public policy development, in particular relating to local government and devolution
  • Political nous and insight
  • Excellent written communication skills, in both short (articles) and long form (major research reports)
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including an ability to articulate a clear understanding of the big issues around devolution and local public services
  • An understanding of how think tanks work

The ideal candidate for this role will also have:

  • A track record of fundraising for research projects
  • Experience of financial management of an organisation or business unit
  • A history of successful project management
  • Media know-how, including how to effectively engage with the broadcast media and the national, local and/or trade press

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Interview/Start Dates

The board may appoint before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found.

Application Details

If you have any questions or would like to apply for the role please send a CV and covering letter to Liam Booth-Smith at liam.booth-smith@localis.org.uk

Website: http://localis.org.uk

Additional Notes