Head of Education (maternity cover) - Science Charity

London, South East England
19 Jun 2017
19 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Our client’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 education work plays a critical role in the charities 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.

The organisation believes that children’s and young people’s experiences should instead be designed to build a lifelong cultural engagement with science. They want young people to see science as relevant to their own culture and lives. Their 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.

JOB TITLE: Head of Education
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Team of 6 staff
BASED: London with occasional travel throughout the UK
HOURS: Part-time (between 3-4 days per week, to be agreed). Requests for full-time or flexible working will be considered
CONTRACT: Fixed-term (maternity cover). Start date likely to be early October
SALARY: £35k-£43k full-time equivalent, pro-rata’d according to hours

As Head of Education, you will take responsibility for all work with the formal education sector. You will be responsible for developing strategy in education and building support for it among staff, partners, funders, stakeholders and the wider sector. You will lead the 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 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 the flagship CREST Awards scheme as well as grants and activities for schools, the Youth Grand Challenges competition and an active youth forum.

You will ensure programmes meet the needs of audiences, including audiences who are currently under-served. You will grow the reach and impact of activities, including ensuring the organisation achieves the targets they have agreed with their funders.

Closing Date: Monday 10 July 2017


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