Job details

Job title: Communications Officer (Education)

Directorate: External Relations

Reporting to: Communications Manager (Education)

Responsible for: N/A

Based: Our Head Office is based in London, but all staff are currently working from home. Requests for permanent remote working will be considered and we welcome applications from people based in other parts of the UK.

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

Salary: £23,904-£25,000

About the role

The main purpose of this role is to develop engaging content and deliver successful communications campaigns for the BSA’s Education programmes, including the CREST Awards and British Science Week. This role will work closely with our Education team to reach and engage teachers, educators, parents and young people with the BSA’s work.

Key responsibilities 

The main responsibilities will be to: 

  • Deliver effective, integrated campaigns for the BSA’s flagship education programmes (British Science Week and the CREST Awards) and other education projects and activities across the year;
  • Produce high quality and engaging copy and content for various formats, including press releases, news stories, blog posts and social media posts to suit the intended audiences of the relevant programme or project;
  • Produce the BSA’s monthly education bulletin (e-newsletter) for its subscribers;
  • Produce and schedule content for the BSA’s owned education channels (e.g. the British Science Week and CREST websites and the British Science Week and CREST Twitter / Facebook accounts);
  • Liaise with our design, print and digital suppliers and internal colleagues, where necessary, to develop print and digital assets and collateral;
  • Proofread and edit copy produced by other colleagues, ensuring it meets the BSA’s house style requirements and reflects the relevant programme’s brand, core messaging and tone of voice;
  • Act as the first point of contact for incoming media enquiries about the BSA’s education programmes and liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to arrange interviews, briefings or written responses;
  • Oversee and manage the education photography and brand assets within the BSA’s organisation-wide content gallery;
  • Support the production of reports on the success of our communications campaigns by collating and analysing data from the BSA’s analytics platforms;
  • Supply copy and content for the BSA’s regular communications to its subscriber base, including the BSA’s newsletter, blog and news pages as required;
  • Support the wider communications team at busy times;
  • Perform any other tasks as reasonably required by the line manager.

About you

The Communications Officer (Education) role would suit someone who has experience of delivering communications campaigns, ideally within 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 and we have a particular interest in supporting schools in challenging circumstances. 

The successful candidate will need to create content for 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

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as experience of producing written copy for various formats

Y

Y

Y

Experience of using social media platforms in a professional setting

Y

Y

Y

Y

Experience of evaluating success, which could include producing reports, data analysis or use of analytics platforms

Y

Y

Y

Experience of working on multiple projects and juggling different priorities, and an ability to plan workload effectively

Y

Y

Y

Excellent digital skills and an awareness of the platforms and channels used to deliver communications campaigns

Y

Y

Y

Excellent attention to detail, including the ability to proofread and edit copy efficiently

Y

Y

Y

Awareness / experience of the ways that equity, diversity and inclusion need to be considered when delivering campaigns and other communications outputs

Y

Y

Desirable criteria

Criteria

CV

Cover letter

Interview

Task at interview

Experience of working in a communications function for an organisation, project or product in the education sector

Y

Y

Experience of liaising with external suppliers (i.e. designers, web developers, distribution agencies)

Y

Y

Experience of using digital newsletter platforms such as Dotmailer or Mailchimp

Y

Y

Experience of using online project management tools such as Trello, Asana or Basecamp

Y

Y

An interest in education (or STEM education)

Y

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 (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.

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=zXFyq62VCpKXWEPY

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 11 January 2021.

Interviews are due to take place w/c 18 January 2021. 

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

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

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.