vacancy – campaign director

We’re currently on a journey towards a permanent home, the iOi Campus, a new world-class cultural destination in London. As we move towards announcing the site for the campus and publicly launching our fundraising campaign, we are now looking for a Campaign Director to lead our fundraising operation and ensure we reach our ambitious goals. We are looking for someone with strategic planning experience who can review existing plans and ensure our forward strategy evolves and is implemented effectively.

For more information about the role, please read the job description. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Simon Callaghan at Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, on or 07702 678 658.

To apply, please go to the Peridot recruitment website. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 11 February. 

Job details
Campaign Director, Development Team
circa £65,000 p.a.
35 hours per week
Permanent contract
Located at Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL

cultural residency 2019 – call for applicants

iOi runs a series of Cultural Residencies at our Imagination Lab and we are now looking for applicants for the 2019 cultural residency, focused on the theme Empathy. 

The residency is four months long, open to all disciplines and to any individual or collective to apply. The winning individual/collective will be awarded £8,000 to implement their concept and during the four months you will work collaboratively with the iOi team, immerse yourself at events and programmes at the Imagination Lab and work with existing and new audiences of the iOi.

For detailed information on how the residency is structured, what outputs would be expected and more information about the theme we are looking for responses to, please refer to this briefing.

We are very happy to answer further questions or have informal discussions regarding the residency. Please email or call 0207 494 9153 to speak to Kathryn Wilson.

To apply

Application forms should be completed and returned to by Thursday 21 February 2019. 

Please send a completed application form and an optional equality monitoring form. (Please note we can only accept applications in this form).

If you are shortlisted to the final three, this will include presenting your concept to children on Wednesday 13 March, 10am – 3pm. Please keep this date free if you are sending an application. Shortlisted applications that are selected to present to children, who are not selected as the winning concept, will receive £500.

The cultural residency is kindly supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Arts Council England and the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

We are a living wage employer

volunteer with the iOi

We are always looking for enthusiastic and willing volunteers to help us with our public events. If you’re interested, all you have to do to apply is fill in this simple form. If you have any further questions just email

  • Jana Manuelpillai

    “I have found volunteering with the Institute of Imagination a thrill. It has opened my eyes to how technology and creativity can go hand in hand in making education more exciting and more relevant to our youngsters growing up today. We don’t know what the future holds but we do know that innovation and out-of-the-box thinking must be part of it. Simple features like the mindfulness integration into each workshop or the emphasis on trial and error testing of ideas brought home to me that there is still room for fresh thinking in education today and that the potential kids have is not even half fulfilled by the current school system.”

  • Sam Griffiths

    “I love volunteering for the iOi — it’s amazing to see what the kids put in and get out of the activities – it never fails to be inspiring.”

  • Neill Bogie

    “I easily got out much more than I put in!  I gained new perspectives from children and adults alike, inspiration and ideas for my normal coding clubs and maker events, a chance to work with a very talented, creative, and friendly team, and a larger network of other passionate, skilled educators. Most importantly, I had hours of FUN witnessing great kids both imagining and applying the tools we gave them to leverage that imagination.

    I also love that the iOi properly involves parents in their weekend activities. By inspiring parents alongside their kids, and increasing their confidence during (for example) my micro:bit coding/making days, I hope we’ve helped them to give more meaningful and continued support to their children at home, and perhaps to discover another shared hobby to bond over!

    I would recommend everyone with a spark of imagination (that’s you!) to apply to volunteer at iOi, and all families to visit their events – they’re reliably great!”

  • Selene Heath

    “I really enjoy volunteering with iOi as it is a wonderful opportunity to share my passion for creative technology within the joyful environment that the iOi creates for young people.
    It has been so inspiring to see young people have the opportunity to stretch their creative problem solving skills through exploring and experimenting at the iOi workshops.
    The iOi team have introduced me to new IT gadgets and computer programs through my volunteering, which has given me new skills and personally has been such an interesting exploration process.
    Also, it’s been a joy working with like minded people who care about making technology/STEM more inclusive and accessible for all children. It’s such a big, positive step forward compared to when I was growing up.”