Managing Director: further particulars

Managing Director



The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Closing Date: February 28th 2022


Description of the Role


The position advertised is for one of the three officers to whom the day-to-day management of The Royal Institute of Philosophy is delegated – the other two officers being the Academic Director and the Finance Director. The officers act as a partnership of managers, collectively responsible for the Institute’s activities. This role is accountable to the Executive Committee of the Institute, and the Managing Director is expected to report to both the Executive and the Council when called upon to do so at their meetings.


The Managing Director is responsible both for the operational aspects of the Institute’s activities, and for strategy in interpreting and delivering its charitable aim of producing, supporting, and promoting philosophy for the benefit of the public. The Managing Director’s work falls under the following headings.


Governance: Responsible for filing accounts and updating records at Companies House and the Charity Commission; ensuring compliance across all activities; reporting to the board of trustees; shaping the Institute’s policies and procedures; reporting to outside funding bodies; with the Finance Director, assisting with annual audits; ensuring activities are delivering charitable benefit; dealing with bank best practice requests; with the Finance Director, ensuring the Institute’s activities are within budget; ensuring all bills, salaries and income are dealt with on time; ensuring insurance cover; managing data protection; and keeping the Institute's records.


Funding: Responsible for fundraising and bids for funding from large external bodies. Oversight of all spending, alongside the Finance Director, and responsible for keeping within budgetary limits across all activities. Assisting the Academic Director with the management of a network of 32 branches of the Institute network across the UK,  mostly at departments of philosophy, which arrange public events; administering conference bids from departments, schools and postgraduates; administration of a bursary and fellowship scheme for postgraduate philosophy students; considering other requests for funding as they arise; proposing, budgeting and rolling out new charitable initiatives.


Education: Managing the Jacobsen Scheme for Philosophy in Schools (arranging up to 70 10-week courses across the country, ensuring DBS checks are completed, recruiting tutors, securing advice on course content, identifying and working with host schools, receiving reports on work completed); managing a programme for philosophy courses in prisons and the London philosophy courses, and pursuing new teaching opportunities; and administering elements of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Professorship.


Events: Responsible for the smooth running of all the Institute’s centrally organised public events (everything from an operational standpoint, from ensuring halls are booked, zoom links sent, to dealing with marketing and advertising): the Annual Lecture, Annual Debate, 16 talks in the London Lecture Series, the RSE/RIP Joint Lecture; Cardiff Lecture, Dublin Lecture, and joint events with the LSE. Pivoting from in-person to on-line as required.


Publications: Managing the subscription list for the Institute’s two journals and overseeing subscriber enquiries and payments; working with the Academic Director on new supplemental volumes; supporting three editors and five reviewers in their work; administering elements of the Philosophy Essay Prize; responsible for rights and permissions payments; and marketing and advertising the Institute’s publications.


Communications: Responsible for the Institute’s communications and social media: writing and updating all website content; writing an electronic newsletter; responsible for the content and delivery of advertising and marketing of the Institute’s activities; writing and designing brochures and promotional materials; developing contacts with other academic bodies in the UK; dealing with trustee communications, membership and all other enquiries; keeping minutes of meetings.


Skills and Experience: The successful candidate will require a strong background in the administration and management of a large number of diverse projects, as well as a high degree of independence, and a grip on charity law and processes; the post also involves strategic planning, personnel recruitment and management, and the ability to get along with the other officers. Some background in philosophy is helpful, but is not essential.


About The Royal Institute of Philosophy


The Institute originated in 1925 as the ‘British Institute of Philosophical Studies’ – it acquired the title ‘The Royal Institute of Philosophy’ in 1947. Its founders included the former Conservative Prime Minister Lord Balfour, the Labour economic and political theorist Harold Laski, and the Liberal political theorist L.T. Hobhouse, and as well as the philosophers Samuel Alexander, Bertrand Russell, and Sydney Hooper. The Institute was formed with “the object of promoting the advancement of philosophical studies by teaching, discussion and research”.  


Close to a century later, The Royal Institute of Philosophy continues seeks to bring people to appreciate the interest, relevance and importance of philosophical thought and talk. It also seeks to open philosophy itself up to a greater diversity of texts, methods, authors, topics, and voices. We bring excellent, relevant, and engaging philosophical work to wide audiences in a variety of formats. We offer training and education in the practice of thinking philosophically. We do these, for example, through:


·       Publishing Philosophy (since 1926), and Think (since 2003).

·       Hosting philosophical talks, debates and discussions across the UK

·       Teaching philosophy in schools, in prisons and in adult classes that are open to all.

·       Providing online video materials.

·       Supporting the large RIP Network. These include university departments, philosophy clubs, charities. They, with our help, host a very wide range of public events in a variety of formats, and produce philosophical materials.


Our income from our journals enable this work. However, with the generous support of the Jacobsen Foundation, we also offer Jacobsen Studentships and Bursaries to a rising generation of philosophers completing their doctoral studies. We build partnerships with other institutions whose aims speak to our mission. This includes collaborations with the British Philosophical Association, the Forum for Philosophy, Philosophy in Prisons, Scouts Association. 



To apply for the post of Managing Director, please provide (1) a CV, including the names, positions, and contact information of two referees who can be contacted during the search and (2) a cover letter setting out your vision and fit for the role. Both your letter and CV should be in PDF format and can be uploaded here.


The deadline for applications is 5 pm, 28 February, 2022.