Job Title: Building Manager (British Science Festival).

Duration: 7-10 September 2023, plus training days on both Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2023.

Core Hours: Hours will be assigned between the core hours of 09:00-22:00 and will be confirmed on appointment.

Location: University of Exeter and Exeter City Centre. 

Rate: £11.90 per hour

Download the candidate pack for this role as a pdf.

About the role

The British Science Association is recruiting Building Managers to work during the British Science Festival 2023. The Festival will be held in Exeter city centre and at the University of Exeter campus from 7-10 September 2023. This role is based at the University campus, but some events may require support in Exeter city centre. 

Building Managers act as the main point of contact between the Festival Assistants, members of the public, and the BSA Operations Team.  You will be responsible for a small team of Festival Assistants and ensuring that all necessary tasks are completed in order to secure a smooth-running order of the Festival events in the building/venue you are allocated.  

You will be expected to deal with any issues that may arise within your venue during the Festival and work with other Building Managers across the campus to react to changing situations and delegate emerging tasks. You will also assist with evacuation and access to your venue, tasks for which training will be provided.

This is an opportunity to develop your experience in event and temporary staff management as well as developing leadership skills and gaining further insight into how a large event works behind the scenes.

Job description

Main duties

  • Acting as a point of contact and representative for Festival Assistants, members of the public and guest speakers. 
  • Using initiative to solve problems as they arise with assistance from the BSA Operations Team and other Building Managers as required.
  • Liaising with the BSA Operations Team to escalate problems and complete tasks as required to ensure the smooth running of the Festival.
  • Managing Festival Assistants within your venue and ensuring that they complete all necessary tasks, including responsibility for assistant’s schedules.
  • Assisting Festival Assistants in ensuring events within your venue run smoothly. 
  • Assisting with evacuation and access, in addition to fire-marshalling, as required by your venue (training provided).

About you

Person Specification 


  • Confidence in leading a team and delegating tasks.
  • An ability to stay calm under pressure, showing initiative and solving problems.
  • Experience, tact and skill working with the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An ability to work flexibly.
  • Comfortable with responsibility.


  • Knowledge of Exeter.
  • Experience of volunteering at or attending previous science festivals.
  • Experience of managing temporary staff or volunteers.
  • Experience of event management.
  • Student at the University of Exeter.
  • Based in Exeter.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please download and fill in our short application form. Once completed upload it onto the BSA recruitment portal via the following link:

Download the candidate pack for this role as a pdf.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 18 June 2023.

Please note we will start screening applications and interviewing candidates from the start of advertising. A successful candidate could progress to interview and offer before the advertised closing date. If you are interested in this role, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted as soon as possible after their application to arrange a time for a short interview before a final decision is made. 

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] 

Terms and conditions

The Building Managers will be working at the British Science Festival in Exeter between 7-10 September 2023 and will be required to attend an overnight training course in the week prior to the Festival, where they will receive full training in evacuation and access as required by their venue, as well as an introduction to all the venues on campus.

Please note that the responsibilities of this role are provisional and are subject to change.

The position is offered at a salary of £11.90 per hour. You will be allocated no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 09:00-22:00 on the University of Exeter campus, for four or five days (including up to a one-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break per day, depending on hours worked). If successful, your hours will be fully outlined in your offer letter. 

The training days on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will provide overnight accommodation in Exeter if required and reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day.

The BSA will not be covering travel, accommodation, or subsistence costs for the duration of the Festival, but can provide information about accommodation, if required.

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.

Our commitment to EDI

For the BSA's vision to come to fruition, we need to help science become part of culture, including those who are currently least engaged. We need to be able to engage with people in groups that are poorly represented in science, and that’s why equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) needs to be central to our activities.

The BSA has established three objectives for our work with EDI:

  • Develop our staff and internal systems to ensure the BSA reflects the society we want to see, and develops inclusive culture and policies;
  • Change our programmes to increase their relevance to audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science engagement activities, and empower people to run science engagement activities for their networks and communities;
  • Influence other organisations and individuals in the science engagement to sector to develop and improve their EDI practices in capability and audience development to reach new audiences.

We recognise that in many settings, at the BSA and beyond, EDI can be seen as an add-on or ‘fix’ to the regular work. Our aim is for EDI to be the heart of everything we do.