Job vacancies at the Science Council
Reports to: Registration and Licensing Manager
Working hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
Working location: Flexible between the Science Council’s central London office and home working
Type of contract: Fixed term contract for 2 years with possibility of extension
Salary: £25,000 per annum
The Science Council is a charitable body that sets the standards for practising scientists, through professional registration.
We recognise the need to increase and enhance routes to registration and therefore will be establishing a new Routes to Registration Committee this year. We are looking to recruit a Registration Coordinator to lead on this exciting new project. In addition to setting up and running of the Committee, you will support the administrative work of the Registration and Licensing Team to ensure standards are maintained.
Responsible for the Committee’s programme of work you will prepare relevant papers for meetings and ensure follow up actions are completed.
Responsibilities to the Registration and Licensing Team will include supporting the management of registration systems with a particular focus on non-standard routes to registration along with accurately maintaining the Salesforce CRM and other records. There will also be a requirement for you to recruit, train and support volunteers within the team.
You will need to have demonstrable experience of supporting the implementation and delivery of projects from end to end with the ability to identify and develop innovative solutions. You will be self-motivated and process driven with excellent communication and MS Office skills.
It would be advantageous to have experience of setting up and running committees or working groups and an interest in science and an understanding of the science workforce.
To apply, please submit an up to date CV and covering letter via our online application form outlining your suitability for the role according to the job description and person specification.
Please apply early as we may bring the closing date forward should we receive a high volume of applications.
Closing date: 10pm Sunday 6 February 2022
Interviews: Friday 18 February 2022
The Science Council welcomes inquiries regarding work placements for students and those looking to expand their skill set.
If you would like to gain work experience with us, please contact Oli O’Hanlon with an expression of interest and your CV.
If you are a registered scientist and would like to volunteer for us we are keen to welcome Assessors or Registrant Champions. If you would like to volunteer with us working in the Science Council office please email us with your CV and a covering note explaining what sort of experience you would welcome.
If you would like to join our Board or Committees please email an expression of interest to us with your CV.
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The role of the Board of Trustees is to:
- ensure that the Science Council has a clear strategic focus
- ensure that the Science Council fulfills its charitable objectives
- ensure that the Science Council complies with its legal and regulatory requirements
- act as guardians of the charity’s assets, both tangible and intangible, and ensure the financial stability of the organisation
- monitor and hold management to account
Charity trustees must also comply with the following duties under charity law:
- ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
- comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
- act in the charity’s best interests
- manage the charity’s resources responsibly
- act with reasonable care and skill
- ensure the charity is accountable
Trustees serve for an initial three-year term.
There are normally four board meetings per year, held quarterly and set around the charity’s financial reporting cycle. Board meetings last approx. 3 hours.
In addition to formal meetings, trustees may also be required to serve on individual board subcommittees, working groups or be invite to represent the Science Council at external meetings and events.
Trustees are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is normally held in June or July.
It is every applicant's responsibility to receive consent from their employer, if necessary, that it is willing to release the applicant for the time commitments involved.
Anyone can become a trustee of the Science Council as long as they have the energy and commitment for the role. It is worthy noting that sixty percent of Elected Trustees will come from Member Bodies. They will be either members or employees. Up to 40% of Elected Trustees will come from outside the membership and must not be employees or members of Member Bodies.
Trustees are elected by our Member Bodies, with each Member having one vote. Ballot forms containing the name and other relevant details of candidates for election are sent to every Member Body of the Science Council at least four weeks prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
The Board values diversity and actively encourages applications from a wide range of backgrounds and roles to stand for election.
It is not necessary to have previous board/trustee experience as support will be provided. All you need is to have the interest, time and energy to commit to the role.
Applicants will be asked to provide details of their current post and summary of their career to date; a personal statement; a summary of their suitability to join the Board, and an up-to-date photo. This information will be circulated to Member Bodies to provide them with the necessary information to make a decision on your suitability for the role.
The deadline to submit an application for the 2022 election will be confirmed shortly.
After the application deadline, the Nominations Committee will review the applications received against the Board's skills requirements. The Committee will then make a recommendation to the Board, which will then put forward candidates to election.
New trustees are expected to participate in trustee induction sessions. This will include meeting with the Chief Executive, Governance Manager and the Chair of the Board. New trustees will also be invited to attend Board committees to get a better understanding of the work they do in support of the Board. Throughout their term of office, trustee's are encouraged to undertake training, and attend conferences and events to equip them with the knowledge needed to discharge their duties.
If you would like more information on becoming a trustee please contact Oli O’Hanlon.