The David Hume Institute
The David Hume Institute

Charity registered in Scotland SC009579

The David Hume Institute commissions and publishes research on topics of public policy and runs seminars which are open to all.

We continue to extend our diverse and relevant series of published papers which document our seminars and research and we actively seek engagement and interaction with other organisations. Our specialist area of activity is research on economic and policy issues.

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Programme Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £30,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th March 2019

About the David Hume Institute

The David Hume Institute is an independent, non-partisan, evidence-based policy institute that has been operating at the heart of Scottish policy debate for more than 30 years.

Research on some of the country’s most pressing challenges

We aim to produce original research with a strong emphasis on economic and education policy issues. Our research is independent and evidence-based, and we share our ideas with politicians and policymakers from all sides.

Events that are open to all

We host thought-provoking events which bring together expert speakers and an informed, interested and engaged audience. Our speakers come from across the political spectrum, both nationally and internationally.

Position overview

The David Hume Institute is recruiting a new Programme Officer to assist in the running of the Institute’s programme of public events and in-house research and managing its day-to-day operations. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a small think tank at an exciting time in its expansion.

Duties will include:

· Managing programme of public events

· Preparing digital and print communications and fundraising materials

· Coordinating corporate and individual fundraising campaigns

· Managing relationships with stakeholders and supporters and responding to enquiries

· Assisting with preparation of Annual Report and materials for Board of Trustee meetings

· Providing administrative assistance for research projects

· Implementing the social media strategy and maintaining the Institute’s website

· Other ad hoc administrative duties as required

The Programme Officer will report to the Director and work regularly with the Institute’s virtual administrative assistant. There will be intermittent opportunities to supervise short-term interns through the Institute’s relationship with the University of Oxford.

The David Hume Institute is based in Edinburgh and the Programme Officer will have access to hotdesking space at Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, EH3 9DZ. There will be flexibility to work from home on occasion if preferred, and work will occasionally be required out of hours for events. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided.

Selection criteria

Applicants should meet the following selection criteria.


· Strong written and oral communication skills

· Sound interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse range of stakeholders

· Experience providing a range of administrative and event planning support services

· Well-developed organisational skills, demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver designated outputs to tight timelines

· Capable of working both independently and in a small team

· Advanced computing skills with Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn new programmes as required


· Experience with fundraising campaigns and interacting with donors

· Familiarity with digital communications platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Squarespace and Mailchimp

· Interest in public policy development

The David Hume Institute is an inclusive workplace and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds in terms of gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, culture, economic background and nationality.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate appropriate documentation of their right to work in the UK.