Learned and Professional Societies Officer

Deadline - 12 February 2024

The Foundation for Science and Technology is looking to appoint a part time Learned and Professional Societies Officer (around 24 hours per week). The postholder will be responsible for providing support and guidance on governance matters to Learned and Professional Societies who are members of the Foundation for Science and Technology. The key elements of the role are:

  • Responding to requests from individual Learned and Professional Societies in matters of governance, policy, professional practice, and charity and company law.
  • Supporting such societies through the process of changes to governance status (seeking or amending Royal Charters; obtaining Charitable Incorporated Organisation status; amending Articles of Associations, etc)
  • Producing a quarterly newsletter for Learned and Professional Societies, containing for example latest relevant governance and charity news and anonymised examples of advice given to members.
  • Writing and updating Guidance Notes on key governance issues affecting Learned and Professional Societies
  • Keeping abreast of relevant changes in company and charity law, guidance and best practice, in order to be able to support Learned and Professional Societies members.
  • Identifying Learned and Professional Societies who are not members of the Foundation for Science and Technology and encouraging them to join.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience working with or within learned and/or professional societies in a governance role. They will have extensive knowledge of the relevant areas of charity and company law and best practice. They will be ICT literate.

The role is designed as 24 hours per week, and can be completed flexibly to fit in with other commitments. The Foundation for Science and Technology is based in London and the post holder can work from a mixture of home and office. A work laptop will be provided.

As the Foundation for Science and Technology is a small organisation, the Learned and Professional Societies Officer may occasionally be required to support other activities of the Foundation.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

The Foundation for Science and Technology is a UK charity, providing an impartial platform for debate of policy issues that have a science, research, technology or innovation element, and providing guidance on governance issues to Professional and Learned Societies.

A full job description can be found below.

Location: The Foundation for Science and Technology is based in London, but depending upon preference, this role can be completed in a mixture of home and office, with a minimum of 2 days per month in London.

Salary: Up to £34,000 per year for 24 hours per week.

To apply: Please send a CV and a covering statement (maximum 800 words) explaining your motivation for the role and how you meet the criteria, to: office@foundation.org.uk

Deadline: 10:00am on Monday 12th February 2024

Selection process: A selection panel will identify candidates for interview. Interview dates will be between 23rd February and 1st March 2024.

If you would like further details or an informal discussion about this role, please contact Gavin Costigan at: gavin.costigan@foundation.org.uk.

Learned and Professional Societies Officer Job Description

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