We are hiring a Research Manager!

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Come join our exciting team in Manchester!

Job Description

Job Title: Research Manager

Job Purpose: To lead on Rethinking Economics’ research output

Hours: 30/37.5 Hours. 4 or 5 days a week, depending on preference.

Contract duration: Fixed-term, 18 months, with a possibility to renew dependent on funding (subject to 6 months probationary period).

Salary: £22,000 per annum (based on 5 days a week)

Location: Manchester

Responsible to: Co-director

Application Deadline: 23:55, Monday 26 November


About Rethinking Economics

Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network working to build a better economics in society and the classroom. We started as a student movement in 2012 and have since grown to become a registered charity with a 6-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support 53 groups in 25 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world.

Rethinking Economics is undertaking an exciting transition process in which we are developing and expanding the future of the organisation. This role will play an integral part of establishing the evidence base and intellectual backing for the Rethinking Economics campaign.


Job Purpose

As Research Manager you will lead, deliver and coordinate high quality research that will underpin Rethinking Economics’ campaign, reporting to one of our Co-Directors and in collaboration with our campaign managers and our student volunteers.

You will, in consultation with the Director, plan, lead and undertake research that will support a variety of campaign goals. For the length of this contract you will be required to produce the evidence base for a book about the lack of diversity with the economics discipline. Part of this task will be supporting and facilitating our students to carry out peer to peer research of their university experience. We hope to extend this contract beyond 18 months, funding permitting, to allow further research to support various aspects of the campaign.


Key responsibilities

Conducting relevant project research and relating it to RE’s campaign goals. For the first 18 months conducting research into the lack of diversity within economics

Drafting and editing research outputs, including literature reviews

Working with student volunteers to develop peer-to-peer research projects. Supporting student volunteers to produce independent research

Contributing to the design and development of research projects that will underpin and support RE’s campaign goals

Conducting primary research e.g. interviews/surveys/focus groups/travel and secondary research e.g. analysis of existing data sources

Assisting with the dissemination of RE’s work; writing external communications such as project updates, newsletters, articles and blog pieces, press releases and website content.


Person Specification

Essential skills and experience

Graduate level qualification or equivalent experience

Proven skills and experience in conducting primary and secondary research

Understanding of a range of research methodologies

An understanding of economics, the systemic problems with the current economic orthodoxy and the barriers to change

Excellent writing skills; ability to write in a variety of ways (e.g. short, succinct pieces for press and website, as well as detailed research reports)

Excellent verbal communication skills; ability to present research and give presentations

Ability to work independently, with conflicting demands, in a high-pressured environment

Excellent and demonstrable attention to detail, organisational and administrative skills

Excellent and demonstrable levels of creativity in research

Working knowledge of relevant IT, software and internet packages and applications

Commitment to the values and ethos of Rethinking Economics

Desired skills and experiences

Experience of working with students and/or young people

Experience of producing research for a campaigning organisation

Ability to organise events such as seminars and conferences

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate confidently and positively with a range of people both internally and externally of RE


What we Offer

The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change

An exciting opportunity to play an integral role in shaping a small but growing charity and help transform an international student campaign into a broader social movement

Generous holiday, an employer contributed pension, investment in appropriate training opportunities, professional development commitments.


Equal Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for every applicant regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people with a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class, or have done so in the past.


How to Apply:

Please email ( for an application form and return before the closing deadline 26 November at 23:55.

Interviews will be held in our Manchester offices w/c 3 December. Arrangements for Skype interviews can be made on request.

If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via

Please note that we cannot accept any non-EU based applicants due to government visa minimum salary criteria. All applicants will be expected to work in Rethinking’s Manchester office.

Terms and Conditions

Contract: This role is for 4 or 5 days a week, for an initial fixed term of 18 months with a 6-month probationary period.

Salary: £22,000 per annum (based on 5 days a week), Rethinking is committed to working towards annual pay increases, funding permitting.

Location: Our offices are in Ancoats, Manchester. Staff will be expected to work in these offices.

Hours: We aim to offer a flexible working environment. The post holder will be working (30 or 37.5 hours) 4 or 5 days a week. Staff members are expected to work the occasional evening or weekend for which time off in lieu will be given. This role may involve travel to locations around the UK and/or internationally.

Holiday: 25 days pro rata in addition to statutory holidays.

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