JOB TITLE: Head of Education

REPORTING TO: Director of Strategy & Operations OR Chief Executive (tbc)

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Education Partnerships Manager, Education Project Manager (x2), Education Officer

BASED: British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HD. Occasional travel throughout the UK

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

SALARY: £35k-£40k


We are seeking a Head of Education to lead our work with schools and extra-curricular organisations.

The British Science Association’s (BSA) vision is for science to be seen as a fundamental part of culture. We believe that both science and society will benefit if there is a wider group of people involved in science, whether as leaders, influencers and researchers or as members of the public who are supportive, critical, playful, etc.

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, 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.

You would be responsible for developing our strategy in education and building support for it among staff, partners, funders, stakeholders and the wider sector. You will lead the BSA’s thought leadership about the purposes of science education and some of the challenges of the current approach. You will oversee project delivery with a team of five staff and a budget of around £1m. Your remit includes our flagship CREST Awards scheme as well as CREST Star (for primary-aged pupils) and British Science Week grants and activities for schools, including Demo Day. It’s an exciting time to join the programme: we expect to announce a major new partnership in the autumn, we are developing a brand new digital platform for teachers who use CREST Awards and we recently began a strategic review of our work with primary-age audiences. You will ensure our programmes meet the needs of our audiences, including audiences who are currently under-served. You will grow the reach and impact of our activities, including ensuring we achieve the targets we have agreed with our funders.

Full Job Description and Person Specification

To apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification to Katherine Mathieson c/o by 9am on Wednesday 24 August 2016.

Please note that first round interviews are scheduled for Friday 2 September in central London. If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact Adrian Fenton, Head of Education ( or Katherine Mathieson, Chief Executive (


Terms and conditions

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a company committed to diversity.  The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially unlawfully discriminating factor.

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.