The Royal Society’s mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Science is vital to many areas of government policy-making and the Society seeks to ensure that government and the public have access to impartial and independent expert advice to inform debate and guide good decision-making.
The Society’s Data Policy team seeks to promote the role of data and digital technologies in advancing research, policy, industry and education. We have delivered major projects on governance of data use, machine learning and cyber security and are engaged in diverse programmes of work spanning AI for social good, technologies to protect privacy and digital skills. The work of our team also includes activities relating to Europe, research and migration.
We are seeking someone who can support the team in delivering its broad portfolio of activities effectively, efficiently and enjoyably. You will support the delivery of a number activities within the data theme, working in an agile way across a range of tasks, likely to include: supporting the Head of Policy in scheduling, planning and preparing meetings with external stakeholders and colleagues; scheduling and preparing for productive and timely team meetings; engaging in project management, governance and risk management across the activities of the team including business planning, budget forecasts and tracking spend; supporting the planning and delivery of events, ranging from large scale conferences with leading keynote speakers to small private roundtables involving government representatives and senior figures in industry and academia; helping us to design great team-building experiences and team-specific development activities.
This position is suitable for an efficient and versatile person with a confident and mature attitude who enjoys supporting teams and team leaders, project management and event management; has experience of organising people and systems; forms excellent working relationships with a range of people; and is a clear communicator in person and in writing.
The Society’s policy teams are led by the Chief Science Policy Officer, with Heads of Policy leading teams made up of Senior Policy Advisers, Policy Advisers, Programme and Project Coordinators and Interns. The policy team works closely with the media, public affairs, public engagement, international affairs and diversity & industry programme teams.
Reports to: Head of Policy, Data
Line manages: None
Location: Carlton House Terrace
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £29,376 per annum
Pay Band: C
In return, we offer flexible working arrangements and a comprehensive package of benefits including:
Closing date for applications: Thursday 28 March 2019
Interview dates: Friday 5 April 2019