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Programme Manager, Education Communities

Royal Society of Chemistry
Homeworking (UK); London (UK); Cambridge (UK); United Kingdom
£45,646 - £50,717 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has an outstanding opportunity for a Programme Manager, Education Communities to join us on a maternity cover basis.

About the Royal Society of Chemistry:

A not-for-profit organisation with a heritage that spans over 180 years, the RSC has an ambitious vision for the future. We invest in educating future generations of scientists. We raise and maintain standards. We partner with industry and academia, promoting collaboration and innovation. We advise governments on policy, and we promote the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science. 

We provide advice, resources, and practical support to learners and educators in schools, colleges, and universities around the world. In the UK, we are the largest non-governmental funder of chemistry education, and we influence government policy to ensure that opportunities to develop skills meet the unique needs of chemistry. Our strategic mission for our education work is to empower communities to offer an excellent chemistry education to all, driving diversity and improving skills in the chemical sciences.

The role:

As our Programme Manager for Education Communities, you will manage the development of our proposition to support trainee and early career teachers in the UK and Ireland. Working closely with the leads of other programmes, you will develop internal capabilities and service propositions, ensuring that our offering is engaging and connects teachers to support their requirements.  

You will take on management of a team of typically 2-3 direct reports and key accountabilities for our early career teacher programme. This will involve programme and proposition planning, working with colleagues across a range of education programmes and RSC initiatives, and collaborative projects with other organisations. You will manage the team responsible for designing and delivering services for trainee and early career teachers, including the ITT Scholarship Scheme for chemistry trainees in England, with responsibility for a £100k + budget. 

What we are looking for: 

  • Good working knowledge of STEM education and challenges facing teachers and learners in UK and Ireland, supported by a degree level qualification in science, or a teaching qualification or equivalent experience.
  • An understanding of the teacher training and early career pathways in the UK and Ireland, with experience of training or supporting the development of early career or trainee teachers.
  • Experience of developing and successfully implementing services for educators, including customer research, proposition development and evaluation.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to plan and prioritise work, to meet deadlines, and to support allocation of work within a team of employees and suppliers.
  • Experience of managing people and coordinating workload, either through projects or line management.
  • Experience of building and maintaining networks, with the ability to influence and negotiate within and without an organisation.
  • Experience of monitoring budgets and contributing to budget planning.

As an organisation we are embracing hybrid working, and homeworking/remote working in the UK could be considered for this role. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will travel and attend our offices as needed for their role. This role will require some travel for meetings, events and conferences and occasional weekend and non-core working hours.

Visit our Work For Us website to learn more about us, our benefits, equal opportunities statement and inclusive culture pledge.

If you are interested, please apply before the end of closing date. When applying, please provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills/ expertise match the competencies outlined in the job description here

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.


The RSC has a broad range of diverse career opportunities. Our teams are highly motivated and successful with our employees citing 'the people' as the best thing about working at the RSC. Working for the RSC provides a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in science without working in a lab.

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Royal Society of Chemistry
01223 432441
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road

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