Science Engagement Director

Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 00:00
Employer: International Centre for Life Trust
Contract Duration: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £70,000

The International Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. It brings together over 500 researchers, clinicians, business people and education and science engagement professionals, who are all united in their passion for science. Life is home to Newcastle University's Institute of Genetic Medicine and two NHS clinics, including a Fertility Centre. Life has achieved several world firsts and is renowned internationally for its work in regenerative medicine.

The Life Science Centre, which opened in May 2000, is the only purpose-built science centre in the North, attracting up to 300,000 visitors per year. The centre's innovative engagement programme attracts a broad audience of primarily families but also adults, pre-schoolers and teenagers. It also has one of the biggest programme of science workshops for schoolchildren in Europe.

We want to appoint a Science Engagement Director, who will be a key member of the senior management team.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, your primary responsibilities will be to contribute with energy and enthusiasm to the mission, to manage a comprehensive science engagement programme and to develop further Life's international reputation for science engagement.

Science in the 21st century is fast moving, potentially life-enhancing and certainly controversial.

As someone who is a forward looking and an experienced science communications professional, you will excel in offering cutting edge science in a form that is easily accessible to everyone.

You will be an inspirational leader, capable of developing a team that is both creative and effective.

You will develop strategic alliances and partnerships with cultural and commercial organisations and will have the vision and experience to create long term plans for exhibitions, programmes and education.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record at a senior level in a science centre or museum.

You will ideally have a post-graduate qualification in an appropriate science discipline, have excellent people management and organisational skills and be a team player.

This role offers an exciting opportunity for someone looking for a senior position with new challenges in an innovative organisation that is passionate about science.