Science & Technology

Education Policy Specialist

Full Time

Education Policy Specialist

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists and the world’s leading chemistry community and a prestigious not-for-profit publishing and knowledge business, with over 50,000 members advancing excellence in chemistry.

Position: Education Policy Specialist
Location: Cambridge (Thomas Graham House, Science Park) or London (Burlington House, Piccadilly)
Job type: Full Time, 12 Months Contract
Hours: 35-hour per week
Salary: £33,662 to £37,402 (plus £3,974 London allowances if based at our London office) per annum plus benefits
Benefits: 35-hour (for full-time staff) working week, learning and career development, subsidised staff restaurant (Cambridge office), staff sports and social club, generous paid holidays, substantial contributory pension scheme, free private healthcare plan, income protection scheme, critical illness insurance, life assurance, free on-site parking (Cambridge office), season ticket, car/motor cycle and cycle to work schemes, membership subscription, employee assistance programme, eye-care at work scheme, wellness initiatives, flexible work environment, employee recognition, long service awards, membership subscription to professional body and RSC, two discounted staff flats on-site (Cambridge office) and more.

Closing Date: 11 February 2019

About the role:

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for an Education Policy Specialist to join us on a 12-month fixed-term contract or secondment basis if suitable, to help us develop our vision for tertiary education.

Our Education Policy team seek to influence education systems at a national level. The focus of this role is to further the Royal Society of Chemistry’s policy with regard to curriculum and assessment in tertiary education. This will cover both academic degrees and post-18 technical qualifications. The work sits within our broader aim to develop a comprehensive vision for chemistry education and will link with ongoing work for ages 5 to19.

The role may be based in Cambridge or London. In either case, the role will require attending meetings in the other location on a regular basis, and there may be some travel across the UK and Ireland. This role may require occasional work on weekends and during non-core hours. Some flexibility in working hours can be accommodated, as long as requirements and a 35-hour working week can be maintained, subject to needs.


– Organising meetings and workshops with representatives from tertiary education, employers and other relevant stakeholders; preparing supporting materials, recording meetings and assisting with implementing decisions.
– Monitoring and keeping up-to-date with developments in tertiary education and helping to position the Royal Society of Chemistry to proactively react to new and proposed developments.
– Compiling, processing, analysing information relating to the areas of focus; drafting and disseminating relevant documents to inform both colleagues and external advisors.
– Managing external advisors and engaging and managing contractors to complete pieces of work.
– Writing proactive position statements to progress the RSC’s strategic education activities and contributing to official consultation responses where relevant.
– Working closely with other team members and colleagues across the organisation to move projects forward, develop internal and external communications, and further the RSC’s strategic objectives.
– Acting as an ambassador, building links and collaborating with other organisations to develop education policy.
– Undertaking other relevant activities as appropriate.

About you:

– A degree in chemistry or a related subject.
– Good knowledge of tertiary education systems and policy developments therein, both academic and vocational, in the UK.
– Ability to conduct policy research projects, compile and analyse information.
– Proven ability to work effectively both as a member of diverse teams and independently.
– 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.


– Experience of policy work, particularly writing for policy audiences.
– Awareness of international tertiary education systems.
– An awareness of the skills and knowledge needed in occupations in the chemical sciences.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support your development and reward your contribution with excellent pro rata benefits.

You may have experience of the following: Education Policy Specialist, Education Policy Manager, Education Policy Officer, Policy Manager, Policy Management, Project Management, Education Policy, Education Policy Analyst, Policy Advisor, Policy Officer, Higher Education Policy, Chemistry, etc

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