Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager

3 weeks ago(05/01/2018 13:49)
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time

Job Scope

The Royal Society is the national academy of science in the UK. The Society’s purpose is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science, wherever and by whomever it is done.


The Royal Society is committed to promoting diversity in UK science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) by seeking to increase participation from underrepresented groups. Individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds, certain ethnic minorities, women, and disabled people are all currently under-represented in UK education, training and employment related to STEMM. A lack of diversity across the scientific community represents a large loss of potential talent.


The post holder will manage the successful delivery of the Society’s diversity programme including leading projects and activities under the diversity strategy. They will be responsible for writing diversity policies and procedures, and advising colleagues across the Society including the education, grants and policy teams on diversity best practice to ensure that diversity is embedded across all the activities of the Society. This is an important role within the Society and the post holder will need to have a proven track record of delivering equality and diversity activities in complex organisations. The post holder will need experience of working across different stakeholder groups and be able to command the confidence of the Society’s Fellows, committee members and partners. The post holder will also need to demonstrate a track record of successful project management and delivery.


The post holder will chair the Diversity Working Group within the Society, which brings together representatives from all teams to ensure that diversity and inclusion are considered across the Society’s work. The Society is a member of and provides the secretariat for the Athena Forum and STEM-Disability Advisory Committee.


The Society launched a diversity strategy in 2015, which is overseen by a Diversity Committee which reports directly to the Society’s Council. The objectives of the Diversity Strategy are to: 

  • maintain a culture within the Society that encourages and promotes diversity and inclusion.
  • identify and address barriers to participation and success in STEM.
  • work in partnership to maximise the effectiveness of diversity initiatives across the scientific community.
  • recognise and champion the achievements of a wide range of scientists from underrepresented groups providing inspirational and relatable role models.The Society has undertaken a number of activities aimed at increasing diversity within science including Parent Carer Scientist, which celebrates the diversity of work life patterns of 150 scientists across the UK with the aim of increasing the visibility of people combining a career in science with a family life, an animation and briefing on unconscious bias and a partnership with Historic England to increase the visibility of female scientists. Details of the Society’s diversity programmes are available on the Society’s website: https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/diversity-in-science/

Reports to: Head of Marketing and Public Engagement

Line manages: Diversity Officer

Location: Carlton House Terrace

Hours: 35 per week       

Salary: £48,000                                                           




  • Design, develop and manage the successful delivery of the programme of activities and projects that sit under the diversity strategy on time, to budget, and to the agreed scope.
  • Provide the Secretariat to the Diversity Committee and Athena Forum, and advise other stakeholders on diversity matters.
  • Recommend a programme of diversity events and activities based on suggestions from the Society’s Diversity Committee, and deliver these including the Society’s Annual Diversity Conference.
  • Ensure that diversity activity is co-ordinated across the Society, working with colleagues to embed diversity considerations across all the activities of the Royal Society and chairing the internal staff Diversity Working Group.
  • Write the annual Society diversity data report and support colleagues with the collation and analysis of diversity data.
  • Ensure appropriate evaluation methods are employed for all diversity and inclusion activities and oversee drafting, editing and production of outputs.
  • Set, in consultation with the Head of Marketing and Public Engagement, the budget based on planned activities for the year. Monitor projects to ensure diversity activities are implemented within agreed budgets.
  • Respond to feedback from the Diversity Committee in order to develop a plan of action for the section.
  • Build relationships and network with colleagues working in diversity and inclusion to share best practice and develop joint ideas.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Diversity Officer so that they are able to deliver their role to a high standard.
  • Contribute to other activities as required.

Key Knowledge and Skills Required





A degree (or equivalent)






An understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and relevant sections of the Data Protection Act 1998


An understanding of the STEMM academic and industry sector


An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working


Highly skilled oral and written communication with a range of audiences


Able to command the confidence of people at all levels of seniority


Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneously


Highly motivated and an ability to elicit similar motivation in others


Knowledge of office systems and procedures and good IT skills






Successfully managing and delivering complex projects


Writing, editing and disseminating reports


Working with committees


Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts


Events management


Line management






Able to be flexible about working hours, including working evenings and weekends, and to travel on occasion






1. Self Management (Advanced)


Key Indicators:

·         Managing stress

·         Effective & efficient

·         Self-motivated

·         Enthusiastic

·         Confident

·         Self-awareness



·         Identifies difficult situations

·         Recognises stress in others and takes steps to reduce it

·         Controls pressurised situations

·         Effectively enthuses those in the team

·         Proactively sets goals and targets for own work


2. Working with others (Advanced)


Key Indicators:

·         Collaborative

·         Shares knowledge

·         Giving & receiving feedback

·         Engaging & networking

·         Negotiation/ influencing

·         Presentation skills

·         Public speaking

·         Situational & organisational awareness



·         Actively seeks ideas and criticisms from within the team

·         Resolves conflicts within and between teams

·         Embeds feedback processes within the team

·         Seeks out new networks that will create opportunity for the Society

·         Able to present complex issues simply

·         Uses discretion, tact and empathy when negotiating with and/or seeking to influence others

·         Understands the need to manage expectations and to only promise what is deliverable



3. Resource management (Intermediate)


Key Indicators:

·         Budget management

·         Organisation

·         Prioritising

·         Results focus

·         Quality focus



·         Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society

·         Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors

·         Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets

·         Focuses on both short and long-term goals


4. Critical thinking (Advanced)


Key Indicators:   

·         Accuracy

·         Attention to detail

·         Analytical

·         Decision making

·         Judgement

·         Problem solving

·         Creativity

·         Innovative



·         Uses questioning, analytical and probing skills to ‘dig deeper’

·         Knows when enough information has been obtained and adapts presentation of information to the needs of the audience

·         Evaluates the benefits, practicalities and value for money of ideas and obtains feedback

·         Makes sound decisions in a complex or ambiguous environment and is able to gain support and manage challenges confidently



5. Adaptability (Advanced)


Key Indicators:

·         Adaptable

·         Flexible

·         Dealing with new situations



·         Actively seeks the input and opinions of others, often outside his/her section and accommodates and incorporates this thinking into any output.

·         Actively seeks new challenges and projects; leads discussions surrounding new ideas, approaches and projects

·         Anticipates need for innovation and seeks new ideas, approaches and solutions


6. Managing people and relationships (Advanced)


Key Indicators:

·         Delegation

·         Empowerment

·         Motivates others

·         Develops staff

·         Builds rapport

·         Customer focus & stakeholder engagement

·         Discreet/ empathetic

·         Diplomatic

·         Managing conflict



·         Sets expectations of others and ensures they deliver

·         Demonstrates a positive attitude towards work, celebrating success and instilling confidence, which encourages the same from others

·         Encourages others to share ideas and participate in the discussion and decisions of the team

·         Assesses needs of clients/stakeholders/staff and makes plans to meet these needs






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