[Job] CaSE, Ass’t Director, ??28-35k, clos 7 August 2011 #scicomm jobs #scipolicy

The only previous job description for CaSE I could find was the Director role:

Director (17 April 2010) £43-47k 


The first part of the text comes from an email alert sent round to subscribers, and lower down is what appears on their webpage.


Pay particular attention to the list of tasks…


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CaSE, Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK
CaSE Assistant Director

Central London. £28-35k p/a pro rata. 0.7 – 1.0 FTE

CaSE is the UK’s leading independent advocate for the science and engineering sector. We influence policy and media at the highest levels, focusing on ensuring that the UK has funding for world-leading research and education, skilled scientists and engineers, and innovative business.

As Assistant Director, you would play a leading role in our policy analysis and development, as well as engaging with high-level decision-makers and opinion-formers.

We need someone who is inspired by the idea of making a real, positive impact for science and engineering in the UK. You would be expected to deal with Nobel prize-winners, Government ministers, and national journalists on a regular basis. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to develop their skills and make a name for themselves as a respected policy campaigner.

You will need at least a first degree in STEM, economics, or related subject, experience of analysing policy developments and writing reports and briefings, and good project-management and interpersonal skills.

Person specification and application details are available at www.sciencecampaign.org.uk or by emailing imran@sciencecampaign.org.uk.

CaSE welcomes applicants regardless of ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or lack thereof, or marital status.

Deadline: 7th Aug 2011
Interviews: 16th Aug 2011 

—– From their website —–

Vacancy: Assistant Director

Central London. £28-35k p/a pro rata. 0.7 – 1.0 FTE

The Campaign for Science and Engineering is the UK’s leading independent advocate for the STEM sectors. We have an excellent track record of influencing policy and media at the highest levels, focusing on the important and exciting issues facing the UK. We want the UK to have world-leading research and education, skilled scientists and engineers, and innovative businesses.

 

As Assistant Director, you would play a leading role in our policy analysis and development, as well as engaging with high-level decision-makers and opinion-formers. You would also help to run a tight-knit organisation, including overseeing CaSE’s other staff.

We need someone who is inspired by the idea of making a real, positive impact for science and engineering in the UK. You would be expected to deal with Nobel prize-winners, Government ministers, and national journalists on a regular basis, and not expect any two days to be the same. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to develop their skills and make a name for themselves as a respected policy campaigner.

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing our science and engineering policies, including analysing policy developments.
  • Frequently researching and writing CaSE’s own briefings, reports, and articles.
  • Representing CaSE to the media, government, Parliament, CaSE members, and other science and engineering groups.
  • Otherwise assisting the Director in fundraising (including membership and recruitment), line-management, administration, and in supporting CaSE’s Executive Committee.
  • Deputise for the Director when he is unavailable.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • A demonstrable passion for improving the health of science and engineering in the UK, with strong inter-personal and analytical skills, as well as high drive and self-motivation.
  • Good organisational and project-management skills.
  • A first degree in a STEM, economics, or other related subject.
  • Experience of working in public policy or public affairs, and of having led policy analysis and/or advocacy projects, in at least one of the following areas: research funding, education and skills, innovation, or science and engineering in government.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A post-graduate qualification in a STEM, economics, or other relevant discipline.
  • Experience of policy advocacy to Government officials and parliamentarians, and of dealing with the media, along with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Main authorship of reports and/or analysis with demonstrable policy impact (not necessarily public policy).
  • Strategic vision about UK science and engineering policy, and CaSE’s role in helping to shape that policy agenda.
  • Experience of fundraising, soliciting major donations, or managing organisational memberships.

 

More information:

 

We welcome part-time and full-time applicants for the position (minimum 0.7FTE).

Salary is negotiable based on experience. CaSE offers 25 days paid leave per year (pro rata), and we are based in UCL office accommodation in Bloomsbury, five minutes’ walk from Euston and Euston Square stations. Currently, all staff members become Honorary Research Associates at UCL upon appointment, with consequent university privileges, including staff-rates for the UCL gym across the road from CaSE. We provide 11% of gross salary as a contribution to a pension scheme chosen by the employee, have a childcare voucher scheme, offer a season ticket loan for travel, and participate in Government-approved tax-free bicycle schemes.

 

Full details about CaSE, our work, and our communications to policy-makers can be found atwww.sciencecampaign.org.uk.

The Assistant Director reports to the Director of CaSE, Imran Khan. CaSE’s other staff are a Researcher and Administrator (1.0 FTE) and a Member Liaison (0.5 FTE). We periodically have full- or part-time interns in the office.

CaSE’s work is overseen by its Executive Committee, to whom the Director is accountable.

Evening work will occasionally be required. There is limited scope for flexible work, and occasional opportunities for travel (within the UK).

CaSE welcomes applicants regardless of ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or lack thereof, or marital status.

 

Application process

The deadline for applications is 7th August 2011. To apply, please email Imran Khan with:

  • Your curriculum vitae, including the names and roles of two potential referees.
  • A covering letter outlining why you feel you would be suitable for the role.
  • A 700-725 word article based on this paper*, suitable for publication on our website.
  • A 300-450 word, one-page, technical précis of the same paper*, suitable to present to the Director immediately ahead of him giving a speech on a related issue.
  • You should be prepared to discuss all aspects of your application at the interview stage.
  • Interviews will be held on the 16th August 2011 in central London – please hold that date.

    You will receive an acknowledgement of your application. Successful applicants will be invited for interview by 5pm on Tuesday 9th August.

    For further details, including questions about the written assessments, please contact CaSE’s Director, Imran Khan.

    Good luck!

    *The paper required for completing the written exercises is ‘An Assessment of British science over the twentieth century‘, by B.A. Weinberg, published by The Economical Journal in June 2009. It is available free of charge at the following linkhttp://www.res.org.uk/economic/freearticles/2009/June09.pdf

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