JOB TITLE:                           Education Officer

REPORTING TO:                  Education Projects Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR:             No staff

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

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

SALARY:                              £23,000-£25,000 per annum (pro rata if applicable) 

Introduction

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.

The BSA organises major initiatives across the UK, including British Science Week; the British Science Festival; our flagship education programme, the CREST Awards, and other programmes for young people in schools and colleges.

People’s experiences of science at school are a major influence on the way they perceive science throughout their lives, and so our education work plays a critical role in our goal of changing the way science is understood. Science curricula are often designed for the needs of future scientists and seen as a preparation for a professional engagement with science.

But we believe that children’s and young people’s experiences should instead be designed to build a lifelong cultural engagement with science.

We want young people to see science as relevant to their own culture and lives. Our activities offer young people the opportunity to lead their own science and engineering projects, and to enjoy science.

The British Science Association is looking to recruit an Education Officer to help us implement this vision.

The successful candidate will be based in the Education team but work with colleagues from across the organisation. You will work on key education projects such as the CREST Awards scheme and British Science Week.

This role would suit someone with six months to one year’s experience in a voluntary or paid capacity. The role will entail a significant amount of programme support, which will include managing databases, administration and liaising with stakeholders and partners, You should be looking to build your experience by working on a range of diverse projects and be willing to undertake key admin tasks, as well as take the opportunity to lead on set tasks.

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Key responsibilities for this role

The successful candidate for this role will be expected to work across a variety of education related projects. Example projects might include:

  • Planning and supporting the delivery of Future Forum consultation events for young people;
  • Administering education grant schemes to reach underrepresented audiences;
  • Analysing data to help measure the reach and impact of programmes;
  • Planning and delivering a STEM Education networking event at the British Science Festival;
  • Recruiting, training and supporting CREST assessors and managing CREST Assessment quality assurance processes;
  • Updating and developing new support materials for CREST assessors and teachers;
  • Stakeholder liaison.

Other examples of responsibilities that a Project Officer might take on include:

  • Draft, trial and publish a new activity pack for schools to use;
  • Deal with queries from teachers about how to take part in one of our schools' activities such as the CREST Awards scheme;
  • Produce a support pack for applicants to our small grants scheme;
  • Work with our Communications team to design promotional materials for teachers;
  • Support the delivery of a teacher training programme on using CREST;
  • Monitor our website to ensure clear, up-to-date information for target audiences;
  • Maintain data about participants in one of our youth programmes;
  • Write a series of articles for our website;
  • Help to evaluate our events and programmes.

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. 

Key working relationships

The post holder will be expected to liaise with colleagues across the organisation and its partners, but is likely to develop significant working relationships with the following people:

  • Head of Education
  • Education Product Manager
  • Education Projects Manager
  • Education Innovations Manager
  • Brand & Marketing Manager
  • Project Officer (Education).

About you

Essential

  • An interest in science;
  • An interest in working in the education sector;
  • Excellent time management and prioritising skills with experience of working on several projects/tasks in parallel;
  • Excellent organisation and administration skills;
  • Strong customer service skills with experience of liaising with stakeholders of all levels;
  • Clear written communication skills, including the ability to write for a range of external audiences;
  • Good oral communication skills, with the ability to build good internal relationships with colleagues who have different working styles;
  • Good knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel;
  • Resilience – adaptable with the ability to remain calm and effective when working on multiple fast-moving, high pressure projects;
  • A self-starter, able to work on their own initiative and manage their own work effectively;
  • A good team player with a positive and flexible approach to work.

Desirable 

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

  • Experience of working in education;
  • Experience of working directly with teachers or young people;
  • Experience of developing educational resources;
  • Experience of administering small grant schemes and assessing grant applications;
  • Experience of writing promotional content to go on websites and other marketing materials;
  • Experience of using databases and data analysis.

Benefits

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.

Please upload your CV and covering letter to the BSA’s recruitment portal (https://recruit.smb.co.uk/vacancy.aspx?id=r3UtdE2y6Wp6whZn) by 23:59 on Monday 27 May 2019.

Interviews are due to take place on Wednesday 5th June. You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been selected for interview. 

If you require adjustments during the application process or are shortlisted, and have any particular access or other requirements, please contact Peter Benjamin on [email protected] who will be pleased to discuss this with you. 

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

The British Science Association is committed to equal opportunities and values diversity in our workforce.  

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.

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.
 
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