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25 Feb 2019

Full-Time Engagement Officer

britsciassoc – Posted by britsciassoc England, United Kingdom

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Engagement Officer
REPORTING TO: Engagement Manager
BASED: South Kensington, London
TERMS: Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent. Requests for part-time, flexible working will be considered
SALARY: £21,000-£25,000 per annum (pro rata)

The British Science Association (BSA) is a charity founded in 1831, established under Royal Charter.  Our vision is of a world where science is at the heart of society and culture, and our mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science, reach under-served audiences, and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science.

The BSA is looking to recruit a talented and organised Engagement Officer to help us implement our vision and strategy. Details of our vision can be found here. The Association has a reputation for high-profile science engagement events including British Science Week, the British Science Festival and the Huxley Summit. This role will support the Engagement team to deliver the British Science Festival and play a key role in co-ordinating the UK Science Festivals Network.

The successful candidate will sit within the Engagement Team but work with colleagues from across the organisation. This role would suit someone with an interest in public engagement with science and at least six-months’ experience working with festivals and/or events, in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

The main responsibilities of this role are to:
• Co-ordinate the UK Science Festivals Network, including organising and attending meetings and being the main point of contact
• Update the content on the UK Science Festivals Network website and manage the inbox
• Co-ordinate content for the British Science Festival and liaise with speakers in the run-up to ensure a successful event, including writing marketing blurbs and sourcing images
• Develop event content and new formats that will appeal to different audiences
• Be part of the core team that will deliver the British Science Festival
• Help with the planning and delivery of evaluation at the British Science Festival and other Engagement Programmes
• Other administrative duties as reasonably required by the line manager

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, efficiently and accurately.

About you

• At least six months’ experience (voluntary or paid) in one or more roles that included project co-ordination, administration and maintaining relations with partners
• Experience of programming and developing creative science content for non-expert audiences
• Understanding of audience needs and adapting content accordingly
• Experience of organising and delivering events
• Experience of working on several projects/tasks in parallel
• Excellent time management and prioritising skills
• Resilience – adaptable with the ability to remain calm and effective when working on multiple fast-moving, high pressure projects
• Clear spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to write for a range of external audiences
• Good oral communication skills, with the ability to build good internal relationships with colleagues who have different working styles
• Good knowledge of Word, Outlook and Excel
• A self-starter, able to work on their own initiative and manage their own work effectively
• A good team player with a positive and flexible approach to work

We do not expect candidates to have all the skills and experiences below, but some of the following would be useful:
• An interest in science and science communication
• Experience of working on festivals

More details about the role can be found here.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV (no more than two A4 pages) and covering letter (no more than one A4 page) that summarises your interest in the post and details your ability to match the criteria outlined in the ‘About you’ section. Applications should be made via PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept applications sent via email or any other means of communication.  The closing date for applications is 9.00 on Monday 18 March 2019. Interviews are due to take place Friday 29 March 2019. You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been selected for interview. If you require adjustments during the application process or are shortlisted, and have any particular access or other requirements, please contact Peter Benjamin on

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: creative, engagement, Events, festival, production, and science. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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