Vacancy: Discovery Decade - Advocacy and Engagement Officer
Central London, hybrid working.
£32-33k pa.
Fixed Term until August 2024.
Deadline: 2 February 2022

We are committed to CaSE being a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from all individuals and aim to make our recruitment processes as inclusive as possible.  

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Advocacy and Engagement Officer will play a vital role in the success of CaSE’s new Discovery Decade project. This project aims to support the research and innovation community to connect with a broader set of public supporters, helping research investment remain a political priority in the decade ahead.

Working closely with all parts of the research and innovation community, the Discovery Decade project is experimenting with creative new ways to communicate the sector’s role in society. The Advocacy and Engagement Officer will lead work across the project’s three core areas:

  1. Audiences – comprehensively researching public attitudes to research and innovation
  2. Messages – prototyping language and themes that resonate with different audience groups
  3. Activities – promoting practical ideas and best practice, and working with partners to create a stronger voice for research and innovation around high-profile places and moments

This is an opportunity to work with advocacy and engagement partners across the sector, as well as agencies delivering the audience research and creative assets. It will involve delving into new data, identifying trends, and publishing findings that shape the sector’s advocacy. We will need you to get involved in spotting new and creative ways to connect with the public, and bring these to life.

ABOUT THE TEAM

As part of the Discovery Decade team, this role is line-managed by the project’s Director, and involves working closely with the Chair and Office Manager. The role benefits from being part of the wider CaSE team, led by Sarah Main. 

As part of a high-profile and sector-wide project, this role offers a stepping stone for a range of careers across the advocacy, public engagement, policy and political strategy sectors. As part of a small team with a clear goal, this is a chance to develop your skills and personal profile.

ABOUT CaSE

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) is the UK’s leading independent advocate for science and engineering. Our mission is to ensure that the UK has the skills, funding and policies to enable science and engineering to thrive. CaSE represents over 115 organisations including industry, universities, professional bodies, and research charities, as well as individual scientists and engineers. CaSE is an independent, non-partisan charity funded entirely by our membership.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Building strong relationships with advocacy and engagement partners across the science and innovation sector, by organising and participating in workshops, forums and conferences.
  • Researching and authoring ‘good practice guides’ for advocates, using rigorous desk research to produce insightful reports, briefings and consultation responses.
  • Supporting the project’s Director in commissioning, overseeing and evaluating the external agencies delivering audience research, political strategy and creative development work.
  • Identifying high-profile places and moments to promote research and innovation messages, then working with relevant partners to pursue the most promising options.
  • Exploring new data sources on the public’s relationship with research and innovation, using this insight to suggest new tactics or lessons for the team to explore.
  • Working with the wider CaSE team to engage civil servants and politicians at the national, devolved and local level, helping inform the project’s political strategy.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Essential

Strong relationship-building and ambassadorial skills

Essential

Confidence in handling, analysing and presenting data

Essential

Ability to work independently, take initiative and adapt to competing demands

Essential

Keen interest in research and innovation, and its role in society

Essential

Passion for public engagement, especially around complex topics

Essential

Willingness to work flexibly when required

Essential

A degree or equivalent experience

Desirable

Knowledge of the UK’s research and innovation sector, and CaSE’s role

Desirable

Good political awareness

Desirable

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for the role, please share with us:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter (one page maximum) that sets out how your qualities, skills and experience are relevant to the responsibilities of the role and the person specification.

These should be sent to [email protected] by Wednesday 2 February 2022. Please state in the email subject line that you are applying for the Advocacy and Engagement Officer role.

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February 2022. If you are selected for interview, we will let you know by the end of Tuesday 8 February.

For an informal conversation about the role, contact Ben Bleasdale ([email protected]).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Salary: £32,000-33,000 per annum, depending on experience.

Hours: The post is advertised as full time at 35 hours a week, Monday to Friday, with options for flexible working. We will consider requests for part-time working.

Holidays: Holiday entitlement is 25 days paid leave per year, plus public holidays. In addition, the CaSE office closes for 3 days each year between Christmas and New Year.

Pension: CaSE will provide an annual pension contribution equal to 11% of gross salary.

Location: CaSE has a hybrid working arrangement with both home working and office working at CaSE's office in 1 Naoroji Street, London, WC1X 0GB.

Eligibility: Applicants must have right to work in the UK.

CaSE is also recruiting for a Policy Officer.