• tillyhumphreys

Advocacy and Communications Lead - Institute for the Future of Work

IFOW has a track record of rigorous and authoritative research. In 2021 we want to translate that into real change and make IFOW the go-to voice in the debate around the future of work. Reporting directly to the Institute's Director this is an opportunity to shape a growing organisation that has real impact. You will help frame our mission with clear and compelling messaging that builds on our reputation and helps us lead the public conversation around the future of work. You will be able to translate research into timely, compelling and actionable recommendations. You will be persuasive, have great political antennae and be able to bring together decision makers and build consensus around ideas. And you will be a brilliant communicator who makes our reports cut through, our social media come alive, and our stories catch the public's imagination.

This is a fast moving and rewarding job working on one of the most pressing issues of the day. As part of a small team you'll need to hit the ground running and be prepared to turn your hand to a range of tasks. This is a full time role, although applications from people who wish to work 4 days a week are welcome.


Working closely with the Director, and serving the needs of the whole organisation, develop and implement a practical and compelling advocacy and communications strategy that will amplify the impact of IFOW’s programme of work, add insight to our work, and grow IFOW’s reputation as the go-to organisation for the future of work


  • Understand IFOWs audiences and stakeholders and spot opportunities for driving change based on our programmes of work

  • Build strategic coalitions to create consensus among policymakers and regulators around IFOW’s mission, with a particular focus on our recommendations for the governance of employers' use of data-driven technologies

  • Lead consultations with partners from the private and public sectors, trade unions and civil society to test and iterate practical prototypes of corporate accountability duties

  • Develop and promote legislative amendments to test the political climate, appetite and obstacles to making our recommendations a reality

  • Maintaining CRM databases

  • Support the activities of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Future of Work


  • Develop our communications strategy with the team with practical approaches to translate it into action

  • Work with the team to make sure our messaging is clear, compelling and consistent in delivering our mission with our most relevant audiences

  • Write and edit a wide range of content including blogs, press releases, reports, funding proposals and presentations

  • Support the team to develop their communications skills and articulate IFOW’s work for a range of audiences

  • Understand the landscape we work in, who our stakeholders are, and identify potential new audiences

  • Proactively spot opportunities to showcase our work and pitch stories to media outlets

  • Be responsible for our website, newsletters and all media channels and ensure we are maximising their impact

  • Lead on a range of events conception, planning and execution, including conferences, parliamentary events and workshops

  • Make sure we are keeping our partners, funders and trustees up to date and channelling their feedback

  • Monitor and evaluate our communications activities to improve future outputs, understand whether we’re reaching our audiences and help find solutions when we need to change

Skills and experience

  • A track record in delivering advocacy and communications work, preferably in a technology, policy or social justice environment

  • Excellent writing skills across a range of formats and for a range of audiences with the ability to translate complex ideas into compelling storytelling

  • Good face to face communication and the ability to be at ease with people from a wide range of backgrounds and be confident when dealing with high profile people

  • A strategic mindset and the ability to offer and receive constructively critical feedback

  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with drive and at pace

  • The ability to cope with uncertainty and change and find solutions in the face of challenges

  • Great organisational skills and the ability to stay on top of many large and small tasks simultaneously

  • Commitment to quality and attention to detail

  • A strong commitment to the goals and ethos of IFOW


  • Ability to work with audio visual media including producing presentations and video clips

  • Experience working in parliament

Role: Advocacy and Communications Lead

Reporting to: Director

Location: London

Salary: £45,000

Contract: 1 year with a view to renewal

We are an equal opportunities employer; we firmly believe that diverse teams create better work and as such we welcome a broad range of perspectives, approaches and backgrounds in applicants. You must have the right to work in the UK. As a small charity, we are not able to sponsor visa applications.

‍To apply please send a CV and Cover Letter to team@ifow.org


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