The Fabian Society is recruiting! Please see below for details of two roles, Senior Researcher and Editorial Assistant, for which the Fabian Society is hiring.
Senior Researcher / Head of the Changing Work Centre
Salary: £30,000 – £35,000 (plus 7% pension contribution)
Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm
About the Post
The Fabian Society is seeking to recruit a Senior Researcher - and Head of the Changing
Work Centre - to drive forward our wide-ranging and influential programme of policy
The primary responsibility of the post-holder will be to head the Changing Work Centre – a
joint initiative from the Fabian Society and Community union which is chaired by Yvette
Cooper MP. In this capacity the post-holder will act as lead researcher on a major policy
commission (currently being planned) and on smaller projects covering working conditions
and employment rights, skills and progression, and regional and social inequalities. The
post holder will also be expected to work across other Fabian research themes including:
the future of the left and the future of the welfare state.
We are seeking someone who is passionate and entrepreneurial, with the ability to form a
wide range of relationships, secure funding for projects and achieve impact for their
research. We expect excellent skills in desk-based policy research, quantitative analysis
and report writing, and an understanding of social research methods. The post requires
expert knowledge of labour market, technology and/or economic policy. The Senior
Researcher / Head of the Changing Work Centre will work within the society’s research
team, reporting directly to the Deputy General Secretary.
The post-holder will be responsible for: securing funding for projects; undertaking research
and analysis (including primary research, data analysis and desk research); writing
reports, papers and articles; commissioning and editing articles, chapters and reports;
acting as secretary to policy commissions consisting of senior external stakeholders;
securing political and media impact for your work; contributing to events; building and maintaining stakeholder relationships. After the first year, the post will largely be self-
1. To secure funding for projects and contribute to the development of the future research
programme and the future of the Changing Work Centre, including developing research
proposals and building relationships with funders.
2. To conduct research for Fabian Society projects. This could include designing and
conducting qualitative or quantitative research; data analysis; literature reviews; and
policy analysis and development.
3. To plan, structure and write research reports of publishable quality and a range of other
written outputs relating to Fabian research including blogs, articles and working papers.
4. To commission and edit reports, chapters and articles for publication in Fabian outputs.
5. To coordinate major research inquiries, including by acting as secretary to major policy
commissions consisting of senior external stakeholders.
6. To build and maintain key stakeholder relationships with policy, political, academic,
business, trade union, civil society and media figures, and with the Society’s research
funders. This may include conducting 1:1 meetings and interviews and organising
informal research seminars.
7. To contribute to planning and executing media and communication strategies to
promote Fabian research.
8. To contribute to the intellectual and organisational development of the Society.
9. To contribute to Fabian Society events, including a lead role in events relating to your
10.To represent the Society where appropriate, for example in the media, speaking at and
attending events, and liaising with key networks.
11.To supervise volunteers or contractors as appropriate.
12.To undertake other relevant duties where required by the Deputy General Secretary or
The ideal candidate would:
1. Have at least two years of experience of policy research in a think-tank, academic,
policy or political role.
2. Have in-depth knowledge of labour market, technology and/or economic policy and the
aptitude to quickly build expertise in other Fabian research areas.
3. Be able to demonstrate research and analytical skills; knowledge of research methods,
gained in either an academic or policy environment; and relevant experience of
4. Have excellent written English and oral communications skills, with experience of
presenting complex information to a range of audiences; writing in different styles,
including articles and blogs; and planning, structuring and writing long documents.
5. Have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to analyse and interpret data and
6. Show an ability and willingness to identify opportunities for new research, develop
research proposals and secure funding.
7. Be able to build and maintain professional networks across relevant sectors.
8. Have experience of taking responsibility for projects and an ability to plan work
effectively, keep to deadlines, manage workload, and respond to competing demands
9. Be able to work effectively in a small team and on their own
10.Have a willingness to provide administrative support to projects
11.Be in sympathy with the aims and values of the Fabian Society
The salary for this position is £30,000 to £35,000 plus 7% pension contribution and 6
weeks paid leave. We work a 35-hour week with contracted hours from 10.00am to
The Society has an equal opportunities policy and aspires to be an equal opportunity
employer. We strongly encourage applications from people under-represented in politics
including women, disabled people, and people from low-income or ethnic minority
Please note that the Society has the primary right to the professional services of its staff.
No outside activities affecting or concerning the Society may be undertaken without the
explicit agreement of the General Secretary. All staff must adhere to a social media policy
to safeguard the reputation of the society.
The post is based at the Society’s offices in Westminster, central London.
Applicants should email to the address below a CV and a covering letter setting out how
their skills and experience meet the person specification for the post, as well as their
reasons for applying.
Your application should arrive no later than 9am on Thursday 25 January.
We plan to hold interviews during the week commencing the 29 January. Please indicate
any times we are not available for interview between these dates when you apply.
Please apply by email with the subject line ‘Recruitment: Senior Researcher / Head of the
Changing Work Centre’
For more information, contact Olivia Bailey
Tel: 020 7227 4912
Fabian Society development programme
Editorial assistant (12-month contract)
Salary: £20,000(plus 7% pension contribution)
Duration: 12-month contract
Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm
The Fabian Society’s development programme provides one-year paid appointments, which are
designed to help people who are new to politics to gain skills and experience. Within the
development programme, we are now looking for an editorial assistant. This exciting role will
enable you to play a crucial part in creating high quality think-tank publications.
We’re looking for someone with a keen interest in politics and policy, good communication
skills and a willingness to work hard. As part of our development programme, we’ll train and
support you to deliver smaller projects of your own, and make sure that at the end of your
contract you are ready to take a step up in your career.
People from backgrounds that are under-represented in Westminster and at the Fabian Society
are particularly encouraged to apply. This includes women, disabled people and people from
low-income or minority ethnic backgrounds.
About the post
For more than 130 years, the Fabian Society has been publishing some of the left’s most
influential thinking. As Labour develops its policy offer ahead of the next election, we are now
seeking an editorial assistant to help produce our high-quality publications, from the quarterly
Fabian Review to our range of pamphlets, policy reports and essay collections.
The postholder will play a full role in our committed and creative editorial and communications
team in writing, commissioning and editing for online and print and in helping to achieve
maximum impact for the work we do.
At the conclusion of the 12-month contract, a permanent position may become available.
Editorial assistant - principal duties
1. To support the editorial team in producing high-quality, high-impact publications which
contribute to the policy debate across the left.
2. To act as assistant editor for the Fabian Review, supporting the editor in planning,
editing and producing the magazine.
3. To work with the editorial and communications team to commission and edit articles for
the Fabian Review in print and online.
4. To commission and edit content for policy reports, essay collections and pamphlets,
either in collaboration with other members of the team or as project lead where
5. To generate ideas for possible future articles and publications and to contribute to
future commissioning strategy.
6. To assist in the timely production of all Fabian publications, including liaising with
designers and printers, carrying out limited in-house design and supervising the
7. To secure advertising in the Fabian Review by contacting potential advertisers.
8. To assist the editorial director in liaising with the Fabian Society’s research and editorial
committee, including co-ordinating meetings, producing agendas and minuting
9. To work with the events team in organising occasional editorial events, including project
brainstorming seminars or publication launch events.
10. To help deliver high-quality online and social media presence by producing and
uploading content to the website and helping to manage Fabian social media accounts.
Office support duties
11. To provide a reception service when required, including greeting personal and telephone
callers, dealing with enquiries and/or passing these on to other relevant members of staff,
including media inquiries, book orders, letters, emails and other information requests,
circulating incoming mail. Helping to cover enquiries for part-time staff members
(particularly membership and local societies) and other staff when absent.
1. To contribute to the intellectual and organisational development of the Society and to
contribute directly to Fabian outputs where appropriate.
2. To represent the Fabian Society and the editorial team publicly, where appropriate.
3. To undertake other duties where required by the General Secretary and the Editorial
The ideal candidate would:
1. Have a strong knowledge and understanding of politics and current public policy issues and
the ability to think creatively about current and future political issues.
2. Have demonstrable editorial, media or communications experience and a good awareness of
3. Be able to liaise with potential writers and contributors, including leading politicians and
public figures, and key journalists and bloggers.
4. Have excellent written English skills and aptitude for editing, copy editing, proof reading, with
strong attention to detail.
5. Have a strong understanding of digital communications and evolving trends in website use
and social media.
6. Have good IT skills and, preferably, experience of the technical elements of website
management, including the ability to use content management systems such as Wordpress.
7. Be creative, able to think visually, and, ideally, have prior experience of desktop publishing
and design software, such as InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator.
8. Able to take responsibility for projects from inception to completion and to plan their own
work, including the ability to multi-task effectively across a range of projects and to hit
9. Be an effective communicator, able to work well both in a small team and independently.
10. Demonstrate creative awareness of how to reach additional audiences and markets for
12. Be in sympathy with the aims and values of the Fabian Society.
The salary for this position is £20,000 , with 6 weeks paid leave. We work a 35-hour week with
contracted hours from 10am to 6pm.
The society has an equal opportunities policy and aspires to be an equal opportunity employer.
We strongly encourage applications from people under-represented in politics and at the
Fabian Society, including women, disabled people, and people from low-income or ethnic
Please note that the society has the primary right to the professional services of its staff. No
outside activities affecting or concerning the society may be undertaken without the explicit
agreement of the general secretary. All staff must adhere to a social media policy to protect the
reputation of the society.
The post is based at the society’s offices in Westminster, central London. These are non-
Applicants should email to the address below a CV and a covering letter setting out how their
skills and experience meet the person specification for the post, as well as their reasons for
Your application should arrive no later than 5pm on 31 January.
We plan to hold interviews week beginning 5th February. Please indicate any times you are not
available for interview when you apply.
Please apply by email with the subject line ‘Recruitment: editorial assistant’
For more information, contact Kate Murray
Tel: 020 7227 4911
The Fabian Society
The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank. Founded in 1884, the Society is
at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left. We aim to
promote: greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity; the value of collective action
and public service; an accountable, tolerant and active democracy; citizenship, liberty and
human rights; sustainable development; multilateral international cooperation.
Through a wide range of publications and events the society influences political and public
thinking, but also provides a space for broad and open-minded debate, drawing on an
unrivalled external network and its own expert research and analysis. Its programme offers
a unique breadth, encompassing national conferences and policy seminars; periodicals,
books, reports and digital publication; and commissioned and in-house research and
The society is affiliated to the Labour Party but is editorially, organisationally and
financially independent. It is alone among think tanks in being a democratically-constituted
membership organisation, with over 6,500 members. During its history the society’s
membership has included many of the key thinkers on the British left and every Labour
Prime Minister. Today it counts over 200 parliamentarians in its number. Member-led
activity includes 70 local Fabian societies, the Scottish and Welsh Fabians, the Fabian
Women’s Network and the Young Fabians, which is itself the leading organisation on the
left for young people to debate and influence political ideas.