All applications must be received by 5 April 2018. Interviews will be held on 10, 12 and 13 April 2018.
Salary: Band E; £30,000 - £32,000 per annum depending on experience.
Line Manager: Director of STEM Strategy
Holiday: 20 days per year plus bank holidays
Work pattern: 37.5hrs per week, Monday to Friday. Approximate work hours will be 8.30am-4.30pm, however a flexible working pattern will be required, to include early starts, occasional evening and weekend work.
Relocation: You will be entitled to claim up to £500 to assist with your relocation to the Winchester area.*
1. The Organisation
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is a self-funded, independent educational charity dedicated to sparking curiosity and building science capital for all. Boasting two floors of hands-on interactive exhibits, the UK’s largest standalone planetarium and a wide-ranging events programme, the Science Centre is an important regional hub for informal science learning and a popular visitor attraction for families, schools and the general public.
The charity extends its reach through its trademark organisation STEM NOW and through successful partnerships with universities and industry. STEM NOW runs the South Central STEM Ambassador Hub on behalf of STEM Learning UK, coordinating more than 4,000 volunteers across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The team also manages the CREST Awards programme for 16 counties, industry and educational events, and continued professional development training and services.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is situated on the outskirts of Winchester within the South Downs National Park. The centre enjoys a stunning rural location with excellent road links from London and across the South of England. This enviable location, the charity’s clear mission and its team of highly motivated staff and volunteers, makes Winchester Science Centre a great place to work. Visitor numbers are set to exceed 180k this year and with huge potential for further growth, this is an exciting time to join the team.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is a Disability Confident employer.
2. The Role
Due to our continued growth, we are recruiting for the new role of Head of STEM Networks, based in Winchester. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to join an educational charity with a dedicated, friendly and supportive team. The role is to be the driving force to further establish STEM NOW as a key national partner within the STEM enrichment sector across the UK. The Head of STEM Networks will project manage existing contracts, seek out new opportunities to increase the national impact and business portfolio of STEM NOW/Winchester Science Centre, and line manage a small and successful team.
STEM NOW manage the Central South STEM Ambassador Hub, as contracted by STEM Learning Ltd. The project is managed in collaboration with other providers with STEM NOW as the lead organisation. The contract offers set targets for engagement between STEM Ambassadors (who volunteer their time) and state funded schools and colleges, within Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The team are required to source and train Ambassadors, seek engagement opportunities from schools and colleges, broker these relationships, monitor and work with partners to augment, log and report back the statistics. The Head of STEM Networks will build effective and lasting relationships with the STEM industry to enable young people access professional STEM role models to aspire to.
The Head of STEM Networks will have responsibility for the management of the Regional CREST Support Organisation (RCSO) contract, awarded to STEM NOW by the British Science Association. The CREST Awards enable young people to be awarded for their STEM project work, outside the usual formal examination boards. The Awards are aimed at young people aged 5 to 19. STEM NOW is contracted to cover the Midlands, Hertfordshire and Essex, and sub-contracted to deliver in Hampshire and Berkshire in collaboration with STEM Sussex. The Head of STEM Networks will managed the contract and work with other key stakeholders to promote and embed the awards within STEM engagement.
The Head of STEM Networks will also work closely with the Fundraising Manager, to ensure essential funding is sought and achieved to enable STEM NOW to deliver outstanding STEM events for teachers, Ambassadors, students and other STEM enrichment partners. STEM NOW plan, manage and evaluate engagement with young people to ensure maximum impact and plan for the future.
Flexibility is essential as Winchester Science Centre relies on a small team of dedicated individuals working closely together to support and develop the charity, so occasional additional support duties will be required in other areas of its business.
3. Job Description
· To be the driving force to increase the impact for STEM NOW in the UK, by seeking new opportunities for the organisation and maintaining key relationships.
· Join the management team at Winchester Science Centre, to deliver on our Core Principles and shape the future of the organisation.
· To be the line manager for the STEM NOW Team, inclusive of the STEM Liaison Officers, Senior STEM Engagement Coordinator and STEM Engagement Coordinators.
· To plan and manage the STEM NOW budget.
· To take overall responsibility for reporting and meeting project deadlines for STEM engagement activities implemented by Director of STEM Strategy, external partners and trustees.
· To analyse and evaluate STEM activity delivery data to ensure KPI’s/targets are met.
· To work with other members of the Centre to embed STEM NOW projects.
· To ensure high quality communications are delivered to all stakeholders.
· To work with colleagues and external stakeholders to develop and deliver new STEM enrichment events that best utilise the skills and knowledge of the Ambassador population.
· To coordinate the STEM NOW events.
· To maintain a comprehensive knowledge of local and national STEM providers, and work alongside them to deliver programmes in our region.
· To work with the Director of STEM Strategy to plan and review progress against targets and to agree actions.
· To manage and expand the Winchester Science Centre volunteer scheme.
· To undertake other tasks as reasonably arise within the remit of Head of STEM Networks, to include all levels of work within this team. The above should not be considered an exhaustive list.
· Other project support as required by Director of STEM Strategy.
4. Person Specification
E = Essential D = Desirable
· BA or BSc (Hons) or equivalent qualification in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. (D)
· Level 3 or equivalent qualifications, in a STEM subject. (E)
· Working in STEM related field, STEM teaching or STEM delivery in the informal learning sector. (E)
· Project management. (E)
· Supervising staff including delegation, support and training. (E)
· Budget management. (D)
· Forming and maintaining effective partnerships with external organisations. (E)
· Evaluating process, working with databases and analysis of data to devise strategy and produce relevant reports. (E)
· Event delivery, public speaking and training delivery. (E)
· Written communications e.g. article writing for newsletters, effective letter writing skills. (E)
· Professional networking. (D)
Practical skills and knowledge
· Good knowledge of the UK STEM skills agenda. (E)
· Good knowledge of local and national STEM industry, and career progression in STEM roles. (D)
· Good knowledge of UK school systems STEM curricula. (D)
· An understanding of local and national STEM engagement providers. (D)
· Competence in the use and application of Microsoft office software. (E)
· Good organisational skills and an ability to prioritise effectively. (E)
· Excellent leadership and team working skills. (E)
· High level communication skills, both verbal and written, to enable excellent communication with educators and STEM professionals at all levels. (E)
Personal qualities and skills
· An organised and analytical approach to working in a target driven role. (E)
· An ability to enthuse and inspire adults to support young people in STEM. (E)
· An ability to engage and motive young people within STEM. (E)
· An interest in STEM education and enrichment. (E)
· The ability to see opportunities for new STEM projects/initiatives and facilitate meetings between teachers, STEM ambassadors and partners to deliver these activities. (E)
· A strong team player who can work effectively with colleagues across the organisation. (E)
· An ability to adapt to changing priorities and to respond quickly to requests. (D)
· Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends. (E)
· The post-holder will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
· The post-holder will be required to hold a full UK driving licence and to have access to a car for business travel use for which expenses will be paid.
*All claims will require evidence in the form of receipts / invoices. Should your employment terminate within a year from the date of this contract, 50% of any relocation expenses paid will be repayable to the Employer by way of a deduction from your final salary (or recoverable as a debt from you if your final salary is not sufficient).
An application form is available at www.winchestersciencecentre.org. Completed forms, along with a cover letter should be submitted to the Laura Hobin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications must be received by 5 April 2018. Interviews will be held on 10, 12 and 13 April 2018.
Please clearly state how your previous experience links to the requirements of the role. Candidates who do not clearly show how their experience matches the Essential Criteria will not be considered.
For an informal conversation about this role please email Director of STEM Strategy, Emily Thorpe-Smith at email@example.com
Winchester Science Centre is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. As users of the Disability Confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.
Should you require any additional information or wish to discuss access needs or reasonable adjustments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01962 891900.