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Public Engagement and Outreach

Royal Society of Chemistry
Cambridgeshire (GB) or London (Greater) (GB)
£45,646 - £50,717 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
12 Oct 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified

Job Details

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Programme Manager (Public Engagement and Outreach) to join us on a permanent basis.


At the RSC we embrace flexibility and offer hybrid working, which means our teams come together when they need to collaborate. Although this role is contractually based at our Cambridge or London office, you will also be able to work from home within the UK, with the expectation that you will attend our offices and travel as needed for your role. In this role you will attend our Cambridge and London offices 2 - 3 days per month on a regular basis (initially more frequently to support your induction). If you need flexible working arrangements, please outline this in your application.


Through our public engagement and outreach ambitions we wish to contribute to a vision where: 

  • Society values and trusts the work of chemists and chemical sciences.
  • People from all backgrounds are inspired, encouraged and enabled to choose a career in chemistry.
  • A greater diversity of individuals and communities are empowered to access, engage with and respond to chemistry/society issues that impact them. 

Underpinning this is the support for our community to build confidence and capacity to engage, include different public perspectives, and enable chemists to help more communities and make a bigger difference.


As a Public Engagement and Outreach Programme Manager for the RSC, you will play a crucial role in embedding our public engagement and outreach approach and ambitions. You will lead on the development and implementation of initiatives and approaches aligned with sector best practice and priorities in education, inclusion and diversity, policy, influence, and membership. You will work closely with colleagues, members, the chemistry community, sector experts and in partnership with external stakeholders to make recommendations, implement plans and deliver a scalable, sustainable and impactful programme within resource and budget limitations, with direct responsibility for a budget of approximately £100k and advisory input into wider public engagement and outreach budgets.


What we are looking for:  

  • A relevant qualification (degree or professional qualification).
  • Credibility, knowledge, and experience applicable to public engagement, with expertise in evidence-based approaches that successfully engage under-represented audiences.
  • Experience managing and developing partnerships and leading multi-stakeholder programmes, balancing and negotiating commitments and priorities across multiple projects.
  • A highly effective collaborator and facilitator who is able to work with colleagues in a wide variety of contexts and deliver results, taking into account the widest needs of the organisation and its audiences.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a variety of audiences and influence people across career stage, levels and sectors.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a cross-functional team in a matrix environment, including leading without authority and developing new ideas and approaches. 

When applying, please provide an up-to-date CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) indicating how your skills, knowledge and competencies match the requirements outlined in the job description here.


At the RSC, we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnic minority candidates. As a part of the Disability Confident Scheme, we endeavour, where possible, to offer an interview to candidates meeting the essential criteria of the role, who have a substantial physical/mental impairment which impacts their ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to all and as part of this, we are flexible in the ways we give and receive information. If you would like to apply using a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or on +44 (0) 1223 432229 and we will do our best to put any reasonable adjustments in place.

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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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