The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.
This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has the drive and expertise to help take the Society’s education policy impact to the next level and who would enjoy the chance to work with many of the world’s leading scientists and educators. You will be an experienced leader in science, maths or computing education policy and direct the Society’s education policy portfolio that encompasses science, mathematics and computing education. You will enjoy exceptional visibility and variety and must have the experience and credibility to represent the Society externally and to network with influencers and decision makers at senior levels.
You will make a visible and sustained contribution to the Society’s broader policy goals. The Society’s primary objective in education is to secure a broad and balanced curriculum for all young people. This curriculum should supply the knowledge, skills and experiences young people will need to thrive in a changing world of work. The Head of Policy, Education and Skills will also play an important leadership role across the Society, ensuring that education-related programmes align with its policy objectives.
You will be a highly capable manager, able to juggle and prioritise a demanding mix of projects and tasks. You will have a detailed understanding and direct experience of policy processes in the UK, and ensure that the Society’s work is informed by robust evidence. You will have project and line management responsibility for a number of policy and project staff, and will play an active role in many aspects of the science policy directorate.
The role reports to the Chief Science Policy Officer and is based in Central London. The post is also available for candidates interested in inward secondment. Salary will be commensurate with experience – please state current and expected salary in your cover letter application.
Please submit CV and application letter to Dr Claire Craig via the Royal Society application portal.
Reports to: Chief Science Policy Officer
Line manages: Team of 8
Location: Carlton House Terrace
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £61,506 to £76,882 per annum
Pay Band: F
Closing date for applications: Thursday 7 February 2019
Interview dates: Week commencing 18 February 2019
Leading a team of eight, you will be responsible for the strategic oversight of the Society’s education policy work programmes, which currently include:
You will also:
A degree (or equivalent) - Essential
A good understanding of national education policy - Essential
Able to convey complex scientific, technical and policy-related ideas effectively - Essential
Expertise and experience in one or more areas of science and/or education policy - Essential
Skilled oral and written communication with a range of audiences - Essential
Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniority - Essential
Assessment and reporting of technical information in a clear and concise manner - Essential
Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneously - Essential
Highly motivated and an ability to elicit similar motivation in others - Essential
An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working - Essential
Influencing policy - Essential
Managing complex projects - Essential
Writing, editing and disseminating reports - Essential
Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts - Essential
Managing staff - Essential
Science, computing or mathematics education - Essential
Working with committees - Desirable
Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions - Desirable
Able to undertake national and / or international travel on occasions - Desirable
Working with others
Managing people and relationships