Royal Society of Chemistry

Education Policy Specialist

Science Park, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
£32,355 - £35,950
11 Apr 2017
11 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for an Education Policy Specialist to join us, based in Cambridge or London.

As Education Policy Specialist, you will work with teams across the Royal Society of Chemistry, and will actively engage with staff, partner organisations and contractors to influence and develop education policy and manage related projects.

You may occasionally need to work on weekends or during non-core hours, however working from home on an ad-hoc basis and starting between 8.00am to 10.00am or finishing between 3.00pm to 6.00pm may be accommodated, as long as a 35-hour week can be maintained and subject to needs.

Your responsibilities will focus on:

  • Monitoring and keeping up-to-date with developments in education and helping to position the Royal Society of Chemistry to proactively react to new and proposed developments.
  • Compiling, processing, analysing information relating to aspects of education policy and drafting and disseminating relevant documents.
  • Organising meetings and workshops on aspects of education policy, preparing supporting materials, recording meetings and assisting with implementing decisions.
  • Working closely with other team members and colleagues, along with the Education Division Council and its working groups to respond to official education consultations.
  • Writing proactive position statements to progress the RSC’s strategic education activities. Managing external advisors, agencies and contractors employed as part of particular projects.
  • Acting as an ambassador, building and maintaining links and collaborating with other organisations to develop education policy and resources.
  • Playing an active role in supporting and collaborating with colleagues across the RSC and contributing to the development of strategic plans and objectives.
  • Undertaking other relevant activities as appropriate.

We are looking for:


  • A related science degree or equivalent is essential.
  • Good knowledge of primary, secondary and tertiary education systems, academic and vocational, policy and practise in the UK is essential.
  • Ability to conduct policy research projects, compile and analyse information.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of diverse teams and on your own.
  • Good project and time management skills, including the ability to plan and prioritise work, and to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Creativity and the ability to generate ideas.
  • Close attention to detail and high standards of excellence.
  • A proven ability to successfully manage internal and external relationships, developing networks and creating opportunities with tact and diplomacy.


  • A degree in chemical science.
  • An appreciation of international variations.
  • Experience of policy work, particularly writing for policy audiences.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support your career and reward your contribution with an excellent benefits package. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

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