Job offer in london Assistant to the Research Director at London School of Economics and Political Science

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The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship (working closely with the Department of Economics)

This contract is open-ended, subject to funding. Funding is currently confirmed for a period of 18 months, with the potential for extension.

The purpose of the role of the Assistant to the Research Director is to provide proactive administrative and project support and coordination to Professor Nava Ashraf, the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship’s Research Director and LSE Professor for Economics, thereby being central to the planning, execution and dissemination of world-leading research.

The key focus of the role is to coordinate the Research Director’s professional agenda, including diary, inbox and complex travel management. The role furthermore involves working closely with the Professor’s research teams, providing administration to research projects, teaching and research events. As a key member of the Research Director’s team, your initiative and creativity will be crucial to ensuring the successful completion of cutting-edge research projects.

This is a challenging role that offers considerable scope for the development of responsibilities to expand your skill set in the areas of administration and project coordination, enabling you to gain experience that is transferable to a range of roles in higher education and other non-profit or for-profit organisations.

We are looking for a highly proactive, ambitious, confident and flexible yet systematic individual, ideally with previous experience providing diary coordination as well as administrative and project support in a busy and demanding environment. You should be motivated by the desire to provide administration and support at the highest level, putting in place and working within systems and processes that optimise the use of time and resources. You should be comfortable multi-tasking and working across a large number of projects, skilled in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, accessible and willing to help.

As the Assistant to the Research Director you will be working closely with research teams in the UK and field sites overseas, colleagues at the Marshall Institute and the Department for Economics, as well as with a wide range of external contacts and stakeholders. You will get the chance to interact first hand with inspiring and culturally diverse people from all walks of life, including academics, students, business, international development and government.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities, such as the opportunity to take courses at LSE, including the LSE’s Summer School and online certificate programmes.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification linked to in the advert on the LSE website.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 26th August 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.