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

TERMS: Part-time (between 3-4 days per week, to be agreed). Requests for full-time or flexible working will be considered. Fixed-term (maternity cover). Start date likely to be early October

SALARY: £35k-£43k full-time equivalent, pro-rata’d according to hours

The British Science Association’s vision is for science to be seen as a fundamental part of culture and society. 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. 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 have a say on the big issues affecting their lives.

As our Head of Education, you will take responsibility for all our work with the formal education sector. You will 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 take responsibility for raising the profile and impact of our work in education.

In this role, you will oversee project delivery with a team of six staff and a budget of around £1m. Your remit includes our flagship CREST Awards scheme as well as British Science Week grants and activities for schools, the Youth Grand Challenges competition and an active youth forum. 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 (pdf)

To apply

To apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@hrservicespartnership.co.uk by Monday 10 July 2017. If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact the current post-holder: Maria Rossini, maria.rossini@britishscienceassociation.org