We are currently recruiting for a new Trustee with a focus on communications and marketing.

Established in 1831, the BSA is a Royal Charter charity governed by a Council which forms the board of Trustees, chaired by Hilary Newiss.

Council includes a Treasurer, Deputy Chair and up to three Vice-Presidents, one for each of our three programme teams: Policy & Partnerships, Education and Engagement.

Our Council members come from a wide range of backgrounds. You can find out more about them here: www.britishscienceassociation.org/our-trustees

Please note this is a non-salaried, voluntary position.

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What we are looking for in a Trustee

As a Trustee, your role is to work with other Council members to set the strategic direction for the charity and oversee the effective running of the organisation.

You will be expected to act as an ambassador for the BSA with our key external audiences and to demonstrate leadership on the BSA’s commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in science.

You will focus on the key issues, opportunities and risks facing the BSA, and provide guidance on the organisation’s strategic direction to BSA staff.

You should ensure that we define our goals, evaluate our performance and safeguard the reputation and values of the organisation. You will help us build our profile, including with potential funders.

All candidates should demonstrate the following skills/experience:

  • Communication skills both externally and with team colleagues, and the ability to challenge constructively and compromise
  • Understanding of charity governance and scrutiny of performance
  • A commitment to the aims and values of the BSA
  • An understanding of the audiences we serve

We are a UK-wide charity and are interested in regional representation and diversity of mindset in addition to aiming for Council to be demographically representative of the UK.

Role summary

To provide strategic oversight of the organisation's communication goals and strategy

Main responsibilities

  • To support the executive to develop a communications strategy that builds the organisation’s core brand alongside its suite of programme brands
  • To contribute knowledge of communications ideas and tactics to support delivery of the BSA’s strategic objectives
  • To contribute knowledge of communications channels and innovative communications approaches to support the organisation in engaging its wide range of target audiences 

Essential requirements

  • Strong background in Marketing, Communications and/or Public Relations

Desirable skills /experience

  • Experience of developing and delivering a multi-brand strategy
  • Experience in developing and delivering corporate communications
  • Experience of communications for festivals and live events
  • Experience of developing and delivering communications in the education sector (in particular for schools’ audiences)
  • Professional experience – at both a strategic and operational level – of communications for a voluntary sector organisation
  • Experience of communications that reach and support grassroots voluntary organisations
  • Experience in/with a second-tier/infrastructure organisation (as opposed to a front-line delivery organisation)

Term and time commitment

The initial term is three years. Council members are eligible for re-appointment at the expiry of that term, for one additional term only. 

There are four Council meetings per year, lasting four hours each, with prior reading of the pack of paper.

The Communications Trustee will also be expected to join one or two sub-committees which have meeting between one and four times per year for approximately two hours each. Each meeting has prior reading requiring around an additional one hour of work.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please ensure you provide: 

  • A comprehensive CV, including your recent achievements, and the details of two referees
  • A supporting statement, addressing your motivations for applying. This should be no longer than two sides of A4

Please highlight any potential conflicts of interest. References and other checks will be carried out before any invitation to join Council is issued.  

All applications should be submitted via the following link. Please specify that you are applying for the Communications Trustee role: https://recruit.smb.co.uk/vacancy.aspx?id=Xtml6dageUbJcUGb   

If you have any queries about the role, please contact [email protected] 

Closing date for applications is 23:59 Sunday 10 December 2023

Interviews will be held weeks commencing 8 and 15 January 2024