Job details

Job title: Education Innovations Manager (maternity cover)

Directorate: Programmes

Reporting to: Head of Education

Responsible for: Education Officer (1x)

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

Terms: Part time or full time (minimum 28 hours/4 days per week), fixed term contract (maternity cover); requests for flexible working including home working will be considered

Salary: £28,600 - £36,900 pro-rata

About the role

We're looking for an Education Innovations Manger (maternity cover) to join our Education Team. You will lead on the development and improvement of new and existing products and projects (including educational resources and grant schemes) which widen the reach of our major education programme, the CREST Awards

At the British Science Association (BSA), we want all young people to value science as a part of their culture. To do this, we seek to support and diversify the community of young people and educators who are interested and involved in science. An integral part of this mission is growing the CREST Awards scheme.

CREST Awards offer young people aged 5 to 19 the opportunity to lead their own science, engineering or technology project. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in STEM subjects. We want to make CREST more accessible to a wider and more diverse group of young people to explore a world of possibilities through STEM.

Key responsibilities 

The main responsibilities of this role are to: 

  • Manage and develop inclusive education resource content for new and established campaigns, such as British Science Week, to engage new and diverse audiences aged 3-18. 
  • Manage the Kick Start grants and CREST underrepresented audience grant programmes.
  • Oversee the roll-out of a streamlined education resource creation process and strategy, to ensure that resources are created that support the wider education strategy, in a cost-effective way.
  • Project manage and deliver education projects for funders on time and on budget.
  • Establish a widening participation network of teachers from schools in challenging circumstances.
  • Develop proposals for new products/projects and work alongside the External Relations team to secure external funding for these.
  • Design and deliver an evidence-based widening participation strategy to enable more young people to access our education offer nationally. 
  • Work with colleagues to develop and oversee the education research and impact strategy. Based on research evidence, design and launch new products/projects that support and expand our community of engaged educators and young people. 
  • Work pro-actively and collaboratively with the Education team and other BSA colleagues to set and achieve our goals.
  • Work with and expand the network of key partners, particularly those outside the STEM sector that will allow the BSA to reach underrepresented audiences and increase the reach of CREST.

In addition, the post-holder will be expected to:

  • Support colleagues across the organisation especially at busy times or on specific areas of expertise.
  • Other duties as reasonably required by the line manager.

About you

Essential criteria

  • Experience of developing educational materials for teachers or young people.
  • In-depth knowledge of the schools’ context and an understanding of the STEM enrichment sector and/or STEM Education sector.
  • Excellent track record in project management, including managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience of managing delivery partners and suppliers.
  • Good spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to write for a range of external audiences.
  • A willingness to devise and apply creative, innovative approaches.

Desirable criteria

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

  • Experience of teaching or working with schools.
  • A qualification in science or science education.
  • Understanding of effective engagement with young people.
  • Experience of designing new products/campaigns.
  • Tracking and controlling spend against budgets.
  • Line management experience.


  • 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:

The closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 3 June 2020. 

Interviews are due to take place on Friday 12 June 2020 using virtual technology (e.g Zoom)

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.

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*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.