The Royal Society is looking for an interim Head of Public Affairs (12-month maternity cover) to lead its public affairs activities over the coming year.
The public affairs team work to create a single-voice for the Society in its engagement with decision-makers. We ensure that the Royal Society’s work is visible and relevant and can help achieve the Society’s priorities to promote excellence in science, support international collaboration and demonstrate the importance of science to everyone. The Head of Public Affairs must be an effective communicator and adept leader who can work closely with colleagues and Fellows to deliver a programme of public affairs work.
Over the coming year, the UK must shape its ongoing scientific role in the world as we leave the EU and develop future immigration policy. The UK government’s commitment for 2.4% of GDP to be invested in UK R&D provides an opportunity to shape the future research and innovation environment in the UK. And the Society has recently launched a call for a review of post-16 education. We are looking for somebody with, or able to build, strong networks who can maximise the Society’s impact on these and other issues.
The Royal Society is the UK’s leading scientific organisation. As the national academy of science, the Society represents the views of scientists in the UK and abroad, promoting high quality research and providing independent advice to policy-makers. The Society actively encourages public debate about science, engineering and technology.
Reports to: Director of Communications
Line manages: Public Affairs Adviser and Public Affairs Assistant
Location: Carlton House Terrace
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £61,506 per annum
Pay Band: F
Closing date for applications: Thursday 28 March 2019
Interview dates: Week commencing 8 April 2019
How to apply
For further information and details on how to apply please see our website, https://careers-royalsociety.icims.com.