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Reference: 84423

Date Added: 1 June 2022
Closing Date: 5 July 2022

Job Title: Director of Early Years Development

Working For: Education Policy Institute

Location: London

Salary: £60,000-75,000

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) is a leading public policy research institute. For six years we’ve produced high quality, authoritative research that has proven both timely and influential to policy-makers, practitioners and the public.

We are looking for an experienced quantitative analyst, economist, or social policy researcher to lead our early years team.

As a director at EPI, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Deliver impactful research on policies and programmes related to young children and their families, with a focus on those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and shape the directorate work around key topics, such as access to quality early education and the impact of childhood inequalities on life chances.
  • Build relationships with a range of stakeholders including grant-awarding foundations, government and politicians, and a range of charities with interests in these areas.
  • Manage and grow a team, developing their skills and expertise in research techniques, report writing and stakeholder engagement.
  • Lead on a range of projects, including writing reports, blogs and presenting EPI research findings to high-level audiences such as the media and parliamentary select committees.
  • Be part of the Executive Team, overseeing the growth and sustainability of the organisation.


The successful candidate should have:

  • A numerate degree, and at least 5 years relevant experience or a relevant doctorate or advanced degree.
  • Deep knowledge of early years research and policy.
  • Experience in designing and managing research programmes to inform and influence national policy making.
  • The insight to use evidence to propose effective policies.
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills.
  • Proficiency and expertise in using database and statistical software, e.g. SPSS / STATA / R / SQL / SAS etc.
  • Excellent communication skills e.g. for presentations to and with sector experts and for media interviews.
  • Experience in a management or leadership role.
  • Experience in applying for and securing research grants.

Further information can be found here: https://epi.org.uk/jobs/director-of-early-years-development/ 

Closing Date: 5 July 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Applications close at 11.59pm on 5th July 2022. 

Interviews will be held within 3 weeks of the closing date. 

Application Details

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to info@epi.org.uk and complete the following application form.


The application also asks for specific examples under three of the competences that make up EPI’s core competences. For each answer you may find the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach to structuring your response helpful.

Website: https://epi.org.uk/

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