Senior Education Policy Specialist

  • Closing date 12 Feb 2019
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Temporary


The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Senior Education Policy Specialist to join us on a 12-month fixed-term contract or secondment basis, to accelerate our policy research and analysis, to respond to a rapidly changing education landscape and meet the needs of our sector.


Our Education Policy team seek to influence education systems at a national level. As our Senior Education Policy Specialist, you will lead the development of the RSC’s policies, evidence base and campaigns relating to post-18 education and skills. This will cover both academic degrees and post-18 technical qualifications.


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.


Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Developing the RSC’s policy positions and evidence-base relating to post-18 education and skills.
  • Contributing to RSC campaigns and thought leadership work.
  • Collaborating with colleagues across the RSC to ensure that policy initiatives and projects reflect the RSC’s strategic plans and activities.
  • Influencing external policy-makers and other stakeholders in post-18 education, to ensure that the needs of chemistry are communicated and plans implemented.
  • Building, maintaining links and collaborating with outside bodies, agencies, schools, universities and other organisations as appropriate, including government agencies and sister societies, in order to develop plans.

We are looking for:


  • A degree in chemical science or equivalent is essential.
  • Excellent knowledge of tertiary education systems (academic and technical), policy and practice in the UK is essential (and an appreciation of international variations is desirable).
  • The ability to generate and critically evaluate policy ideas, data and evidence.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas to different audiences on various levels, e.g. policy makers, educators and employers.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of diverse cross-functional teams in a complex environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, critical judgement, resilience, and composure under pressure.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships and people.
  • Excellent project and time management skills including the ability to plan and prioritise work, and to meet deadlines under pressure.


  • Experience of policy work.
  • 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.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply before the end of our closing date.


For a full job description, please click here.

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