The Economist Educational Foundation

Marketing and Administration Executive

Based: London
Level: Junior
Salary: £23,000 to £24,000
Contract: Full Time
Applications Close: 29 November 2018
Twitter: @Econ_Foundation
Job Listing Added: 30 October 2018


We’re a small, fast-growing and ambitious charity that was set up by The Economist, a weekly magazine covering global news. Our mission is to tackle inequality by giving disadvantaged young people the skills to think for themselves about current affairs.

In the UK, a young person’s background powerfully determines their opportunities. This is unfair. We help to address this problem by combining The Economist’s journalistic know-how with teaching expertise to enable inspiring discussions about current affairs in state schools. These discussions give young people tools that can change their chances: they build essential knowledge, critical thinking, literacy skills and confidence.

We have big plans to increase our impact by expanding our core programme, the Burnet News Club, within the UK and beyond, and exploring new ways to spark essential conversations about the news in schools. We are creating this new role as part of the next phase of the Foundation’s growth.


We are passionate about providing equal opportunities to people from all backgrounds, and valuing the unique contributions that can be made by people with different life experiences.

We value diversity in all respects, including age, cultural identity, race, colour, ethnic origin, national origin, gender, religious beliefs, disability, class or sexual orientation. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, which harnesses the experiences and perspectives of a diverse group of people.

We are therefore particularly keen to encourage applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds.


We are looking for someone with exceptional organisation and communication skills to play a key role in enabling the next stage of our growth.

The Marketing and Administration Executive will help us to reach new schools, grow awareness of our work through social media engagement, and provide essential administrative support to ensure high-quality delivery of our projects as we scale up.

-Engaging new schools: You will be able to explain our work in a clear, inspiring way to busy teachers, and build positive relationships. You will be exceptionally well-organised and persistent in following up with lots of schools by email and on the phone, maintaining up-to-date and tidy databases.

-Organising and representing the Foundation at events: Working with the School Relationships Manager, you will identify suitable events where we can promote our work, from large education shows to teacher meetings and everything in between. You will secure opportunities for us to attend these events, working with our Designer to make sure exhibition stands are on brand, and liaising with the venue about logistical arrangements. In addition to arranging for other Foundation members to be present, you will have the opportunity to attend events yourself and have engaging conversations with attendees. You will follow up on leads and develop new relationships from these events into participating schools.

-Providing essential administrative support across our projects: You will be able to learn first-hand how an innovative charitable programme is designed and run, and play a key role in delivering it to a high standard. You will be motivated by excellent organisation and enjoy thinking ahead, working systematically and solving problems. You will support participating schools by responding to their enquiries, answering teachers’ questions with confidence and making sure queries or important updates get to the right person in the team.


This is an opportunity to join a friendly and highly committed team, and help to make a meaningful difference to young people’s lives.

There will be opportunities to further develop your skills as the organisation grows and takes on new challenges. For the right candidate there is scope to take on significantly more marketing, communications and operational responsibility over time.


-Outstanding organisational skills.
-Excellent attention to detail.
-Extremely reliable: able to manage time, solve problems and juggle different responsibilities to meet deadlines.
-Exceptionally strong, confident and compelling communicator. Excellent written and spoken communication skills, including by email, phone and in person.
-Passionate about the Foundation’s mission and activities, and excited to play an essential role in a small charity.
-At least 1 year’s relevant experience, such as organising events, managing databases or email / phone marketing.
-Energy, motivation and tenacity to keep up momentum with schools and get what we need from busy teachers.
-Self-starter with the energy, initiative and flexibility to thrive in a dynamic organisation.
-Willingness to travel within the UK.
-Experience working with schools would be a bonus.
-Proficiency in MS Excel and / or Salesforce CRM would be a bonus.

This role will involve working with young people, so you will need to have a DBS check (which the Foundation will organise).

How to Apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to [email protected]