The Royal Society’s mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Science is vital to many areas of government policy making and the Society seeks to ensure the government and the public have access to impartial and independent expert advice to inform debate and guide good decision making.
The Society’s education policy team provides advice on schools and higher education policy to support education in science, mathematics and computing. Work is themed around five areas covering consensus building, the supply of STEM skills, the teaching workforce, higher education and education research.
The Society also works in collaboration with the Association of Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry to provide collective advice on science education policy. These organisations have identified shared goals relating to the teaching workforce and curriculum and assessment. The organisations are working together to coordinate their own activities and collaborate on joint activities in relation to these goals.
The post holder will be expected to contribute to support the work of this alliance by providing secretariat support to a steering group comprised of representatives of each organisation. S/he will also be responsible for coordinating the meetings of a Leadership group made up of senior representatives from each organisation, and provide support to the convenor of both groups.
The Society’s policy team is led by a Director and Heads of Policy and is made up of a team of Policy Advisers and Senior Policy Advisers. The policy team works closely with the media, public affairs, public engagement, international affairs and diversity & industry programme teams.
Reports to: Head of Policy, Education
Location: Carlton House Terrace
Hours: 17.5 hrs/week
Pay band: 2
Maternity Cover - 1 year fixed-term contract.
Interviews will take place during the week commencing 11 December 2017
(1) Provide secretariat support for joint working on education policy between a group of organisations including the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society of Biology.
Co-ordinate the organisations’ joint quarterly Steering Group meetings and Senior Leadership meetings which take place at least once per year by:
o Planning the schedule and booking meetings for Steering Group and Senior Leaders meetings.
o Preparing the agenda for these meetings in consultation with the Steering Group and Chair.
o Co-ordinating the preparation of papers for meetings by the Steering Group and the staff from the partnering organisations and ensuring that they are circulated in a timely manner.
o Preparing minutes and maintaining an action log of joint meetings.
o Monitoring the budget for these meetings.
Support the Steering Group so that the organisations are able to respond to current, and sometimes fast moving, policy issues in a timely and manner by:
o Arranging meetings between staff and members of the organisations on topical issues.
o Acting as a central point of contact for the joint education policy work of the organisations.
o Acknowledging and forwarding external requests for joint policy advice or meetings to the Steering Group, or their staff.
Support the organisations’ governance of their joint work by:
o Co-ordinating reporting to the organisations relevant Committees and Senior Managers.
o Ensuring the Memorandum of Understanding between the organisations is reviewed and agreed when appropriate.
A degree (or equivalent) Essential
Ability to write concise, logical, grammatically correct papers, letters and emails. Essential
Good telephone manner Essential
Effectively interacts with people at all levels of seniority Essential
Prioritises tasks in order to complete work in a timely manner Essential
Performs effectively with a fluctuating work load Essential
Collaborates effectively with individuals Essential
Employment in an office environment Desirable
Preparing minutes from meetings Essential
Organising small meetings Essential
Monitoring small budgets Desirable
Employment in an office environment Desirable
Experience in one or more areas of science or education policy Desirable
Writing committee meeting papers Desirable
Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions
1. Self Management (Intermediate)
Managing stress/ effective & efficient/ self motivated/ enthusiastic/ confident/ self awareness
2. Working with others (Essential)
Collaborative/ shares knowledge/ giving & receiving feedback/ engaging & networking/ negotiation/ influencing/ presentation skills/situational & organisational awareness
3. Resource management (Essential)
Planning/ organisation/ prioritising/ results focus/ quality focus
4. Critical thinking (Intermediate)
Accuracy/ attention to detail/ analytical/ decision making/ judgement/ problem solving/ creativity/ innovative
5. Adaptability (Intermediate)
Adaptable/ flexible/ dealing with new situations
6. Managing people and relationships (Essential)
Motivates others/ builds rapport/ customer focus & stakeholder engagement/ discreet/ empathetic/ diplomatic/ managing conflict