Director of CASM at Demos
Location: Whitehall, Greater London (Hybrid)
Salary: £62,400 minimum depending on experience
Digital technologies are interwoven into everything we do: from how we work and make friends, to how we engage with the state and our politicians. With artificial intelligence, we are in a new digital transformation that has the potential to solve society’s challenges – or make them far, far worse. The difference between a digital revolution making or breaking a society is how we adopt, champion and regulate technology for public good.
Ten years ago Demos launched CASM (the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), one of the first think tanks to identify the centrality of digital technology to the future of policy-making. Since then it has worked to investigate, articulate and advocate for an internet and technologies that protect democratic values and human rights. It has been home to some of the country’s leading digital thinkers including Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller and Ellen Judson.
Today we are seeking a new leader to shape the future of CASM at Demos around the emerging technologies of tomorrow. You will be an exceptional thinker, with deep knowledge of digital technologies and a passion for the social, economic and democratic contexts that they are shaping. We are looking for a visionary to shape CASM for its next iteration and embed it in the wider Demos’ strategy.
Demos puts people at the heart of policy-making, finding new ways to engage people in participatory and deliberative policy-making, to develop ideas for public service reform, a more inclusive economy, a trusted democracy and a healthier internet.
CASM, Demos’ digital research hub, is responsible for delivering the research, policy and influencing agenda to champion a healthier internet. You will be obsessed with how digital is shaping our world, new developments and their impacts on citizens and society. You will be fascinated to investigate how data and digital can renew public services and liberate human resources to do more relational work; how AI will change the economy and the workforce in years to come; and how digital could reinvigorate democracy – or further erode it. You will see both the opportunity and the threats and care about how we create a future with the best outcomes for humanity. You will want to shape the narrative for the digital future of tomorrow.
The role: Director of CASM, Demos’ digital research hub
Reports to the Chief Executive and leads a growing team of policy and research specialists and fellows.
You will define CASM’s strategy, its research and policy agenda, and shape its public profile and approach to influencing and fundraising. You will lead a group of researchers, working with the wider Demos team, to focus on shaping digital technologies and regulation for public good.
You will develop CASM’s programmes of work, which currently includes a programme on Information Environments, focusing on dis- and mis-information, and Emerging Technologies, looking at the impact of new digital developments on the world. You will run a Network of events that is a bridge between politics, tech and civil society and a campaign to get political parties to declare their uses of AI in the run up to the election.
You will be responsible for fundraising all of CASM’s work. That means identifying potential funders to support our strategic aims, leading on writing proposals and securing funding for our work. You will oversee all of CASM’s projects and present research findings to media, public and policy audiences.
You will help support, train and develop junior researchers, in partnership with the wider Demos team. You will be a senior voice in management conversations in the wider Demos team. You will be working as part of a close-knit team, and contributing to a friendly and welcoming culture which demands high standards and supports staff to be the best that they can be. You will be a radical collaborator looking to make friends and influence in all your engagements.
You are a proven and impactful experienced researcher or policy-maker, with a razor sharp focus on how to have impact with the work you do. You will have a track record of influencing public policy as a policy expert or campaigning through original research and policy development.
The types of experience and skills we are looking for include the below. We welcome a range of applications which include parts of these attributes.
– Managing multiple end-to-end research and policy projects
– Raising money from and working with funders or partners managing those relationships through project delivery
– Working within a dynamic team and line-managing or mentoring team members – Working with external partners from diverse stakeholder groups
Skills and Interests
– A passion for developing strategies and a vision for where you want to take CASM in the future
– Deep knowledge and understanding of digital and how it intersects with a more inclusive economy, more relational public services, and a trusted democracy
– Understanding of how change happens and confidence to advocate in political, policy and media debates relevant to Demos’ mission.
– Strong knowledge of how UK politics and policy work, with an appetite for engaging with policy makers across the political spectrum.
– Strong organisational skills and comfortable balancing a mix of research projects, events, fundraising and impact work
– Clear ability to use, analyse and interpret data and succinct and powerful writing style
Equality and diversity
Demos is committed to equality and valuing diversity within our organisation. We recognise, celebrate and promote the positive contributions that are made by diverse groups: engaging with and promoting the voices of people whose voices may not otherwise be heard is core to our work and we believe that this should be reflected in our team.
We strongly encourage applications from people from minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, or others with lived experience of disadvantage.
We have flexible working policies, and would be happy to discuss flexible working requirements with any candidates.
Demos is the UK’s leading cross-party thinktank. We do policy work differently: we start by listening to people who are ultimately affected by policies and believe that involving people will produce better policies – and improve trust in democracy. Our research is focused on strengthening society, making the economy fairer and increasing ways for people to participate in policy-making. In CASM at Demos, we have a world-leading team focused on digital policy-making and research. We have always been the thinktank of Everyday Democracy – something that is needed now more than ever.
The way policy is made has failed to solve big, structural problems. As a result, society is divided, the economy is leaving people behind and our democracy isn’t trusted to provide the solutions. We need a more collaborative democracy, that puts people at the heart of policy-making, to start to address the big problems.
By understanding how people really feel, we can urge politicians to be bolder and build a stronger everyday democracy.
We are working towards this new era of collaborative democracy, in which policy-making starts by listening to the people affected, thereby improving trust in democracy, strengthening society and creating a fairer economy.
Demos is cross-party. We collaborate. We listen. We are radically inclusive. We are practical about the problems we face, rigorous about the evidence we gather, and ambitious about society’s capacity to solve the most pressing problems, together.
What we offer
- Salary: £62,400 minimum, depending on experience.
- Contract: Permanent
- Hours: 37.5 hours per week; 30 days’ holiday
- Reporting to: CEO
- Location: Demos offices, London SW1. Flexible working is supported and the team is currently working from a mixture of office and home. We are happy to discuss more details about the flexibility of this with candidates.
- Pension: 6% (after three months service)
- A forward-thinking, welcoming and collaborative team
- The chance to learn and grow personally and professionally
How to apply
Please send a CV and a cover letter, setting out your vision for CASM and where you would want to take it and why you are interested in working with Demos to [email protected] by 5pm Friday 24th November 2023.
We also ask if you could fill out our Demographic Monitoring Questionnaire which will be kept completely confidential, and ensures we are monitoring our pledge to increase diversity in the think tank sector.
We will conduct first round interviews online with the Chief Executive and Director of Research and Participation, before progressing to a final round interview in person at our office for which you will be asked to deliver a presentation on your vision for the future of CASM. The presentation should demonstrate:
- Your understanding of the challenges in the digital world
- Your strategic thinking and vision for CASM
- How you would deliver your vision for CASM
To prepare for this you will have the chance to speak with a CASM team member in advance to gather any information you may need. This will be followed by second interviews the following week.
Please do get in touch if you have any accessibility needs or adjustments during the recruitment process.
If you have any further questions or aren’t sure if the role is right for you, please feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to answer any queries. [email protected]