UK’s Campaign for Social Science Seeks Senior Campaign Manager

Britain’s Academy of Social Sciences is seeking a pro-active, experienced and thoughtful senior campaign manager to take responsibility for developing and delivering its activities to promote and showcase the social sciences. The manager will develop the momentum and public profile of the academy’s Campaign for Social Science, and advance understanding of the contributions social sciences make to enhancing decision-making, society and lives. The campaign’s work primarily targets policy makers and other decision-makers across all levels of government, business, research funders and media.

The campaign formed in 2011 as the public advocacy arm of the academy. It is funded by a network of supporters across UK social science: universities, learned societies, publishers and individuals. It draws upon expertise in the academy’s fellows and beyond and benefits greatly from its high-profile board which provides advice, ideas and helps support delivery. The campaign is chaired by professor Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute and King’s College London.

The task of the campaign is to help shape and deliver a compelling and evolving public-facing showcase and narrative of the social sciences, so that what they are and what they contribute to society is better understood, valued and used. Its approach is to use substantive research evidence, impact and expertise to ‘show’ and ‘engage’ rather than to ‘tell.’ The job of senior campaign manager is primarily a knowledge exchange and engagement role; it is not a parliamentary lobbying role.

The right candidate understands what it is like to work in a small, busy charity, who relishes a combination of hand’s on ‘doing’, forward planning and managing, and who is adept at working with senior figures. They will bring expertise in knowledge exchange, a passion for applied social sciences, and a broad knowledge of them; strong relationship management skills; excellent organization, digital/IT and communication skills; creativity and a willingness ‘to do’; and the diplomacy and confidence to work with senior figures in the field.

The Academy of Social Sciences is implementing a our new strategy and build on significant growth and development in 2020, including notable development in our Campaign activities, outreach and profile under the new chair, Professor Bobby Duffy.

The position is permanent, full time, and salaried at £44,000 – £46,000 p.a. Working days are eight hours including an hour for lunch, with some flexibility for when the hours are worked during the day. Employees also benefit from a generous holiday allowance and an employer contribution to the pension scheme. There is a six-month probationary period on all appointed posts.

A full description of the position appears at the link below. Please forward a CV (including your current salary) and a tailored letter of application detailing your interest in the role and your suitability for it to office@acss.org.uk by 9 a.m. on Monday, 8 March. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held the week of March 22.

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Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Science’s mission is to promote social sciences in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The academy is composed of individual academicians and learned societies; it responds to government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organizes meetings about social science and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of efforts that promote social science and enhance its value to society.

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