REPORTING TO:                   Brand and Marketing Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR:             No staff

BASED:                                Wellcome Wolfson Building, Queens Gate, London, SW7 5HD

TERMS:                                 Full time 35 hours per week. Fixed term contract until end of September 2018.                                                      Requests for part-time or flexible working will be considered.                

SALARY:                              £20,000 per annum pro-rata

Overall Purpose of the job

The British Science Association is a charity that aims to make science a fundamental part of culture and society. Our mission is to transform the diversity and inclusivity of science; to reach under-served audiences, and increase the number of people who are actively engaged and involved in science. By unlocking the potential of a more diverse group of people, we increase our ability to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and shape our future for the better.

We organise major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the British Science Festival; regional and local events through our network of Branches; the CREST Awards, and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges. We run specific activities and training for professional science communicators; we undertake research and policy work; and we seek to influence and collaborate with stakeholders including policy makers and opinion formers, leaders from across different sectors of business, industry and public life.

We are seeking a Festival Communications Officer to join our centralised comms team at the BSA’s head office during the busy period before and during the British Science Festival.

The British Science Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year, with hundreds of events, talks and performances being held in just five days. This year, the Festival will take place from 11-14 September 2018 in Hull. For further information, visit:

In the build-up to the Festival we run a diverse and engaging social media campaign to drive bookings on the website and increase engagement online. We also run a large-scale marketing campaign in the host city and surrounding area, including working with local partners to raise the awareness about the Festival in the months leading up to the event. Each year, the Festival generates a great deal of press interest and the British Science Association runs a strong press operation to facilitate this as well.

We also run a blog, send newsletters to our members and supporters and place advertisements in relevant print & digital titles in order to promote the Festival and boost bookings ahead of the event.

The successful candidate for this role will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the marketing and communications campaigns for the Festival, in particular around generating content and engagement on social media, and will play a big role in the evaluation of the campaign as well.

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To apply

Please send us your CV (no more than two A4 pages) and a covering letter (no more than one A4 page) that summarises your interest in this post, and details your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification. Applications should be made via email to [email protected], with the subject “Festival Communications Officer Job Application”.

Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 18 June 2018. Interviews will take place w/c 25 June 2018.

Terms and conditions

The Festival Communications Officer will ideally begin work in early-July and will work until the end of September.

Some weekend work and extended hours may be required in the run-up to the Festival. You must be available to attend the Festival in Hull for its duration as well as a few days beforehand, 8-15 September (inclusive) – accommodation will be provided in Hull during this period and related travel and subsistence expenses will be paid.

The position is offered at a salary of £20,000 pro-rata per annum.

From time to time the job entails working extended hours, for which no overtime payments are made. However, The British Science Association does operate a time off in lieu policy. Applicants should note that hours may be particularly demanding, including weekends, during the British Science Festival in September of each year.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a company committed to diversity. The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially discriminating factor. Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to bring along proof of eligibility to work in the UK. You may also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the practice of the Association to examine job descriptions from time to time and to update to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the post-holder.