Head of Festivals, part time - 24.5 hours per week with homeworking options

£37,378 - £47,466 pro rata
21 Dec 2020
17 Jan 2021
Contract Type

Head of Festivals, British Science Association

Part time (24.5 hours per week)

£37,378 - £47,466 FTE (£26,164 - £33,226 actual)

London SW7 - with home working currently.  Requests for permanent home working will be considered.

The British Science Association is a national charity. We have a rich heritage that – combined with our modern, ambitious approach – sees us have extensive reach and influence amongst a range of audiences. We aim to transform people’s relationship with science and improve the diversity of science, to ensure that it represents – and can benefit – all of society.

We are recruiting for a Head of Festivals to be responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the development and delivery of the British Science Festival, Europe’s longest running science festival, and managing the UK Science Festivals Network and associated projects.

You will oversee the development of an engaging programme for the British Science Festival with relevant speakers and content which attract a range of audiences, particularly those that are underrepresented in science.

In addition, you will manage the UK Science Festivals Network which meets several times a year to share best practice and discuss the future of the science festivals sector. You will oversee delivery of associated projects.  

The Head of Festivals will have experience in engagement/communication with public audiences, either in science or other disciplines. You will have a track record of developing and implementing successful, innovative projects and partnerships in engagement/communication.  You will have a strong understanding of how to engage under-served audiences and of how festivals can benefit the communities they serve.

You will also have experience of managing high performing teams, overseeing budgets and fundraising.  While you do not need to be a scientist to work for us, experience of science communication is desirable. 

Frequent travel to the Festival location will be required for this post, including a week on-site during the Festival (September 2021).

For more information on this role and to make your application, please click the apply button

The BSA is an equal opportunities employer and a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion.  We aim to recruit the person most suited to the job and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and from different sectors, and from people who've gained their skills outside formal employment.  We would particularly welcome applications from people and communities who are currently under-represented in our staff team, which includes people from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and men.

Closing date – midnight on Sunday 17th January 2021

Interviews – 25th or 26th January 2021

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