Job details

Job title: Community Engagement Officer 

Reporting to: Engagement Manager

Responsible for: No staff

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

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

Salary: £23,460 – £25,000

About the role

The main purpose of this role is to support the BSA's programmes with community groups.

Key responsibilities

The main responsibilities of this role are to: 

  • Recruit and support individuals to participate in the Community Leaders programme
  • Support the administration and evaluation of grants for community groups
  • Support the delivery of the Inclusive Science Engagement Network and internal EDI learning programme
  • Assist colleagues as needed and undertake other duties as directed by the line manager

About you

The Community Engagement Officer role would suit someone with an interest in public engagement with science, particularly supporting community groups and under-served audiences.


  • Experience or interest in the charity, voluntary, science engagement or a related sector
  • Experience of coordinating multiple projects at the same time 
  • Ability to build good working relationships with community leaders
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Clear written and oral communication skills


We do not expect candidates to have all the skills and experiences below, but some of the following would be useful: 

  • Experience of working with community groups
  • Knowledge of science engagement theory or practice

In line with the Association’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion mission, you must be committed to ensuring and promoting an inclusive environment, in the workplace and at events and activities provided by or supported by the British Science Association.  All staff are expected to respect and promote our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies.


Employees at the British Science Association enjoy 27 days’ annual leave (pro rata), auto-enrolment pension scheme, death in service insurance from day 1, homeworking Wednesdays (subject to the needs of the organisation), interest free loan (for season ticket, bike to work, assisted study), corporate membership rate at Imperial College sports centre, up to 2 days paid leave for voluntary commitments and opportunities for learning and development. 

To apply

To apply for this role, please upload a CV (no more than two A4 pages) and covering letter that summarises your interest in the post and details your ability to match the criteria outlined in the 'About you’ section.  Applications should be made via this link.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 31 March.

Interviews are due to take place on 9 April. 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 ticking 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].

We would like the chosen candidate to take up the role as soon as possible.

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

Terms and conditions

From time to time the job entails working extended hours and occasional weekends, for which no overtime payments are made. However, the Association does operate a time off in lieu policy.

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity.  The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially unlawfully discriminating factor. We aim to recruit the person most suited to the job and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and men, as they are under-represented within our organisation.

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 post-holder.

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