Job details

Job title: Communications Manager (Education)

Directorate: External Relations

Reporting to: Head of Communications

Responsible for: Communications Officer (Education)

Based: British Science Association, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD

Terms: Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent. Requests for flexible working will be considered

Salary: £28,600 – £36,934

About the role

The main purpose of this role is to develop and deliver a broad and engaging communications strategy for the BSA’s Education programmes. This role will work closely alongside our Education team to deliver campaigns for teachers, educators and young people.

Key responsibilities 

The main responsibilities will be to: 

  • Develop and deliver an integrated communications plan for the BSA’s Education programmes, that increases our reach and grows awareness amongst the intended audience;
  • Work alongside colleagues in the Education team to deliver engaging campaigns for teachers, educators and young people;
  • Commission and oversee a range of suppliers to deliver our communications strategy for education audiences, including our PR agency, designers, distribution agencies, and our digital and social media consultants;
  • Be the custodian of the British Science Week and CREST Awards brands, including responsibility for messaging and tone of voice, ensuring all communications output is relevant and engaging for the intended audience;
  • Play an active role in evaluating the success of our communications campaigns.

About you

The Communications Manager (Education) role would suit someone who has experience of delivering communications campaigns in the education sector or to a teacher audience. We’d recommend that an interest in developing innovative, digital content or products for diverse audiences would also be useful, as we are already delivering a lot of our content for schools online. 

The successful candidate will need to create campaigns that make use of a range of channels, so a demonstrable interest in PR, marketing, digital and brand will be required.

The role would suit someone who enjoys working collaboratively across different teams and departments to achieve results.

Person Specification

Below is a summary of essential and desirable criteria needed for this role, as well as how we will assess a candidate’s suitability.

Essential criteria 

Criteria

CV

Cover letter

Interview

Task at interview

Experience of developing integrated communications campaigns for an education audience

Y

Y

Y

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Y

Y

Y

Excellent project management skills, including the ability to juggle numerous projects at once

Y

Y

Y

Experience of commissioning and managing numerous suppliers

Y

Y

Y

A passion for improving the education sector and/or improving the experiences young people have with science

Y

Y

An awareness of the ways that organisations can implement the best equality, diversity & inclusion practices to achieve results in campaigns and programmes

Y

Y

Desirable criteria

Criteria

CV

Cover letter

Interview

Task at interview

Experience of developing digital content, products or projects

Y

Y

Y

An understanding of the education sector and the current challenges faced by teachers and senior leaders at Primary/Secondary schools in the UK

Y

Y

An interest in future developments or innovative tactics in the communications sector

Y

Y

Benefits 

  • 27 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Up to two days paid leave per year for significant voluntary commitments in support of professional and personal development, such as being a trustee of a charity or a school governor;
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme (currently 5% of salary from employee plus 3% from BSA);
  • Up to five days’ unpaid leave per year (this is down to the Manager’s decision and ensuring it does not affect work);
  • Life insurance from your first day;
  • Occupational sick pay: up to six weeks’ full pay per year (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Interest-free loan for season ticket, bike to work, and assisted study;
  • Homeworking Wednesdays, subject to the needs of the BSA.

To apply

Please send a CV and covering letter (each of no more than two A4 pages) that summarises your interest in the role and details your ability to match the criteria.

Applications should be made via this link: https://recruit.smb.co.uk/vacancy.aspx?id=dJpGmuhKRhgs6GUp 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 6 April 2020.

Interviews are due to take place on Thursday 16 or Friday 17 April 2020. 

You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been selected for interview.

As part of the British Science Association’s commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, all disabled* applicants who meet the ‘essential criteria’ for this vacancy will be offered an interview under our guaranteed interview scheme.

If you wish to apply under the guaranteed interview scheme, you will be asked to indicate this when you submit your application by selecting ‘yes’ in the relevant box when asked during the application process. Applicants do not need to state any further information or declare their disability at the application stage.

Whether you are applying under the scheme or not, if you are successful in being shortlisted, we will ask candidates with disabilities or long-term health conditions to let us know if they need any adjustments during the recruitment process.

If you have further questions or would like this information in a different format, please contact: [email protected]  

Download the candidate pack for this role as a pdf or view our text-only version of the pack here.

Terms & conditions

From time to time the job entails working extended hours and occasional weekends, for which no overtime payments are made. The BSA operates a time off in lieu policy for weekend working and some other out-of-hours instances.

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered. You will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.

You will 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 them to ensure they relate to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate whatever changes are reasonably required, in discussion with the postholder.

It is the policy of the BSA to offer starting salaries at the bottom end of the salary band where appropriate.

A copy of our Privacy Notice is available on the vacancies page of our website.

*The Disability Confident scheme’s definition of disability is in line with the Equalities Act 2010: “a physical or mental condition which has a long-term and substantial effect on your daily life”. Further information about our Disability Confident commitments can be found on the Disability Confident page of our website.