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Policy and External Relations Manager

Remote working or agile office based. Head Office is in London SW7.
£29,583 - £37,906
Closing date
13 Jul 2022
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Job title: Policy and External Relations Manager
External Relations
Terms: Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent. (Requests for part-time or flexible working will be considered).
Salary: £29,583 - £37,906
Reporting to: Head of Policy, Partnerships & Impact
Responsible for: No direct line reports, but the role requires significant partnership working.
Based: Remote working or office based. The Head Office is based in London, but the organisation has an agile working policy enabling people to work at another UK location up to 4 days/week (this is currently a trial policy and subject to review).
This employer welcomes applications from people based in other parts of the UK. Travel to London is required for Parliamentary events. 

The Policy and External Relations Manager will play a key role in making this charity's vision of science being more relevant, representative, and connected to society to its key stakeholders, such as leaders in business, research, and policy.

Key responsibilities 
he main responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Manage the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM, including seeking funding, liaising with members of Parliament and leading inquiries;
  • Develop partnerships and activities for the this charity’s For Thought events, which will include curating discussions between senior leaders in research, business, and policy, and creating outputs such as discussion summaries;
  • Contribute to research on public views and values on science and technology in society, as part of this organisation’s role in the Sciencewise public dialogue consortium;
  • Monitor relevant policy debates and ensure the charity’s views are represented (for example, by submitting evidence to inquiries or representing the organisation at events);
  • Undertake stakeholder mapping and help identify new potential partnerships;
  • Ensure equity and inclusion is embedded in policy projects and approaches;
  • Collaborate with colleagues from across the organisation and share learnings from different activities with stakeholders to ensure the delivery of the organisation’s strategy.

About you 
The Policy and External Relations Manager role would suit someone who is thoughtful, engaged in societal issues, and is an excellent networker. You will need to be comfortable with convening diverse groups of professionals (typically from science, business, policy, and civil society) to create structural change.

The Policy, Partnerships, and Impact team are committed to ensuring that groups who are traditionally underrepresented in science and research are included in all discussions and activities.

You are likely to work on policy-facing projects such as:

  • Leading the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group of Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
  • Supporting this organisation's role in the Sciencewise consortium
  • Supporting on delivery of the organisation’s For Thought programme.


  • Agile working policy enabling you to work at home or in another UK location up to 4 days per week, if office-based, and to vary your working hours outside of the 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm core hours, subject to the needs of the organisation;
  • 27 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Up to two days paid leave per year for significant voluntary commitments in support of professional and personal development, such as being a trustee of a charity or a school governor;
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme (4% paid by employer);
  • Up to five days’ unpaid leave per year (this is down to the Manager’s decision and ensuring it does not affect work);
  • Life assurance from your first day, subject to scheme rules;
  • Occupational sick pay: up to six weeks’ full pay per year (pro-rata for part-time employees);
  • Confidential telephone counselling service, offered by the employer's legal insurance;
  • Interest-free loan for season ticket, bike to work, and assisted study;
  • Discounts may be offered on Science Museum tickets and in the shop.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Wednesday 13 July 2022.
Interviews are due to take place on Thursday 21 July 2022.

Please click 'Apply' - you will be prompted to complete a short CHM Recruit form before being redirected to complete your application.

Please note, you are not applying at this stage.

You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been selected for interview.

As part of the charity’s commitment to being a Disability Confident employer, all disabled applicants who meet the ‘essential criteria’ for this vacancy will be offered an interview under the guaranteed interview scheme.

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered. You will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.

You will also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975.

No agencies please.

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