Director of Research and Policy

£75,000 – more for exceptional candidates

Demos wants to bring about a new era of collaborative democracy, in which our problems are solved in ways which develop citizens’ and society’s ability to handle them. In an increasingly diverse, atomised society, building strong relationships is a new, central role for the liberal state. Making policy decisions for people is a missed opportunity to strengthen relationships between citizens and the democratic system: we need to change the policy process to put participation at its heart.

The Role

In this role, you will help us realise those ambitions, leading our multidisciplinary research team across our diverse portfolio of projects. You will help build the market for our “participation tech” offer, shape our policy agenda, and bring in funding for a range of new programmes to help build a more collaborative democracy.

The role offers plenty of flexibility, particularly during moments of political disruption like the one we are living through.  Opportunities shift quickly, which ensures there is scope for an ambitious person to lean into different areas and initiatives, and have transformational impact.   

The ideal candidate will be a transformational and creative leader who shares our values and who can engage, inspire and influence at all levels; providing a clear vision, harnessing the ideas and talents of our committed staff and developing our strategy as we continue to grow our organisation. You will be able to build credibility quickly with a range of stakeholders, with strong communication skills and collaborative working style. You will take responsibility as a member of the senior 

If you believe you have the experience, skills and attributes that we are looking for, then we would very much like to hear from you. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.