Are you an excellent and passionate science communicator, keen to amplify the good work that chemical scientists are doing to address environmental and societal challenges such as climate change, circular economy, sustainable water and health? The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is looking for someone with your skills and passion to set up a new Science Policy Unit, initially for a pilot phase of two years.
About us and the role
The RSC is a not-for-profit organisation. Our purpose is ‘to advance excellence in the chemical sciences’. We have a thriving international community of around 50,000 members in over 100 countries, are an internationally-renowned publisher of high quality chemical science knowledge and the professional body for chemists in the UK, with a reputation as an influential champion for the chemical sciences.
The new Science Policy Unit will increase the visibility of chemistry in areas of topical interest, in particular on the role the chemical sciences play in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals linked to environment, sustainability and health.
Your main base can be either London (Burlington House) or Cambridge Science Park and the role is suitable for full-time working, or part-time upwards of 28 hours per week. The role will involve UK and possibly some international travel as well as some weekend and evening work.
What the role involves and what we are looking for
This role provides an exciting opportunity to shape a new programme and make it happen. You will be responsible for developing and delivering the unit’s work programme, reporting its progress, building and managing relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the RSC and communications planning. You will also need to be a confident public and media spokesperson, capable of responding quickly to media requests and opportunities.
This role requires a good knowledge and understanding of science and an interest in chemistry, so a first degree in science or a science-related area is essential, plus a good knowledge of how science improves the environment and human health. The role is fast-moving: you will need to be able to consider a range of different evidence to make recommendations and decisions and have the ability to balance and prioritise across different pieces of work and to solve problems creatively. As it’s a management role, we are also looking for demonstrable management skills.
- Degree in science or science-related area and an interest in chemistry.
- Knowledge of and a passion for the impact that science, including chemistry, can make on policy relating to environment, sustainability and health.
- Network of scientific contacts within the chemical sciences community or evidence of ability to develop such networks.
- Ability to make decisions, building consensus where appropriate
- Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, using a range of written and oral communication channels
- Ability to distil, structure and adapt written communication especially for policy audiences and senior stakeholders and produce well-written documents to tight deadlines
- Ability to evaluate detailed, complex quantitative and qualitative information and to form opinions based on this information
- Ability to interact effectively with and influence people at a range of levels within different organisations and to build trusting and long-term relationships with partners and allies.
- Proven management, project management and leadership skills, including the ability to work in a matrix environment and work collaboratively
- Ability to balance and prioritise across multiple projects, tasks and deadlines.
- Track record of developing, delivering and reviewing complex projects.
- Initiative and ability to develop new ideas, services and approaches
- Positive and proactive in solving problems to meet challenging deadlines.
- PhD (or equivalent) in science or science-related area
- Experience working in a scientific organisation, company, university or in a government setting.
- Experience of and ability to facilitate workshops
To see our other great benefits: http://www.rsc.org/about-us/work-for-us/#benefits.
If this sounds of interest, please apply now. First round interviews to be held between 15th and 21st January 2020
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