Education and Outreach Officer

The Royal Astronomical Society

Status: Open-ended, part-time (2 days a week job share)

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS: www.ras.org.uk) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to take on a job share role as Education and Outreach Officer. This is a role within a small team of staff based in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, and reflects our continued commitment to fostering public engagement.

The RAS, the lead UK body for astronomy, space science and geophysics, has more than 4,000 Fellows. The education and outreach officer will be the member of staff with key responsibility for RAS public engagement work in London and the southeast of England. The successful candidate will build on our existing work, and shape our future programmes to our 200th anniversary in 2020 and beyond.

Specific duties include:

  • Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, act as the lead on RAS education and outreach work in London and the southeast of England
  • Support the aims of the RAS200: Sky and Earth project, traveling to meet partner organisations and attend relevant events
  • Work with partners including the European Space Education Research Office, Ogden Science Trust, research councils and learned societies
  • Support GCSE Astronomy courses at local schools or teach the course at Burlington House, as a weekly class for students from schools across inner London
  • Deliver teacher training, school workshops, and school visits using the historical resources of Burlington House
  • Seek external funding from the public, private and third sectors
  • Liaise with and coordinate activity with the RAS Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer, based in the northwest of England

Essential criteria

  • Educated to graduate level, with an enthusiasm for and knowledge of astronomy, space science and geophysics
  • A background in teaching or other aspects of formal education and an appropriate professional qualification
  • Experience of public engagement work in science, ideally in astronomy and / or geophysics
  • Comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds and levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be prepared to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of the third sector as a volunteer or employee
  • Knowledge of developments in science education policy, particularly in the school curriculum
  • Experience of fund raising in a third sector or similar environment

The pro-rated salary on appointment to this post is in the range £14,000 - £14,800 per annum. The post has 8 days annual leave entitlement rising to 10 days after 5 years in post (pro-rated, exclusive of bank holidays and RAS Privilege days).

Typical working hours are 09 30 to 17 30 for two days each week, however as this position involves travelling to and meeting with stakeholders flexible working will be required, including covering occasional early evening and weekend events where time off in lieu will be given, or exceptionally overtime paid.

Contact

Application by email is preferred to rm@ras.org.uk. Candidates should provide a covering letter explaining their skills, aptitudes and suitability for the post, a curriculum vitae, and the contact details for two referees to:

Robert Massey, Acting Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BQ

The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017

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