Senior Policy Adviser

United Kingdom
Oct 03, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Join us in shaping education policy

Senior Policy Adviser

£40,000 – £45,000 + Benefits

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth and our aim is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science, and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Society’s fellows has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research ideas.

Providing scientific advice to shape policy is one of our strategic priorities, and in recent years we have produced authoritative advice across a broad spectrum of issues. We have at least one role in our education team which provides evidence to help science and maths education equip young people to prosper. Other teams include resilience (developing solutions to energy, climate change and physical environment hazards) or research (shaping the research and innovation landscape to promote economic, cultural and social wellbeing). It is common to work with other teams on specific projects.

You can find out more about the Society’s policy work here.

Leading projects, providing influential submissions for diverse audiences, building networks of contacts and advising senior staff and Fellows, you will enjoy exceptional visibility and variety. Qualified to degree level, you will possess either experience in one or more areas of education policy or a proven ability to transfer between policy domains. You will also have experience of assessing and reporting on technical information in a clear and concise manner. A creative thinker and effective problem solver, you will be adept at networking, motivating colleagues, building interdisciplinary relationships and working with committees, and you will bring a flexible approach to hours and working locations. It is essential that you should be a fluent and persuasive writer with an exceptional gift for tailoring information for different audiences.

In return, we offer flexible working arrangements, extensive scope for career development and a comprehensive package of benefits including:

  • 30 days’ holiday (plus three nominated days)
  • Generous pension provision
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Subsidised medical and dental insurance
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Employee Assistance Programme