The Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Charity registered in Scotland SC000470

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. We engage and connect nationally and internationally to share knowledge and tackle the most pressing challenges of the modern world. As Scotland’s National Academy, we provide independent expert advice to government and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers.

Current vacancies

International Officer

  • Full time
  • £33,840
  • Edinburgh - Hybrid working
  • Closing 7th July 2022

If you’re passionate about developing and delivering projects with international partners and are adept at networking and nurturing relationships, this is the role you have been looking for.

The RSE is looking for an International Officer to join the International Relations team, working closely with Research Awards and the RSE Vice President – International to support and deliver research and innovation-led collaboration activities to promote Scotland’s research and innovation.

As Scotland’s National Academy with over 1,800 Fellows from academia, business and public service who are among the most distinguished in their fields; we engage and connect nationally and internationally to share knowledge and tackle the most pressing challenges of the modern world.

We are looking for a talented individual to:

  • Ensure continued international relationships with partners and networks by effective nurturing and networking
  • Work closely with the International Relations/ Research Awards Manager and the RSE Vice President – International
  • Develop and support implementation plans for relevant international projects such as workshops, roundtable meetings, related events, and new partnerships
  • Provide secretariat support for the International Committee and Africa Working Group
  • Organise the RSE’s response to academic-related International Human Rights case alerts and related international responses to UK Government and/ or Scottish Government inquiries
  • Assess and evaluate the impact information of international activities
  • Work closely with the Communications team to ensure promotion of activities in an international context, ensuring that the RSE website is up to date
  • Responsible for ensuring the International CRM records are kept up to date
  • Able to commit to occasional travel within the UK and internationally

If you live and breathe international and working with our Fellowship appeals, if you have good experience in networking and project team working, adept diplomacy skills, if you have knowledge of the Scottish University and Research Sector, and work well as part of a supportive, dynamic team; then we want to hear from you. A second language would be advantageous, but not essential.

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Venue Co-ordinator

  • Full time
  • £22,432
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 7th May 2018

The RSE has an exciting opportunity for a new Venue Co-ordinator to support the team responsible for the hiring and use of the RSE Venue.

Working closely with, and reporting to the Venue Manager, your key tasks in this role will be to:

• To coordinate and supervise the delivery of Venue hires and the provision of related services

• To maintain Venue booking system and records

• To co-ordinate rooms set up support

• To support the sales and marketing of activities of the Venue

• As and when required, to undertake / support any other Venue related administrative tasks and / or reception duties

Requirements

The successful candidate will have previous experience working in Venue/Conference Centre environment; excellent administrative, communication, customer and; IT (database entry especially) and problem-solving skills; be a team player with the ability to network; and the ability to work under pressure and use his / her own initiative.

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Top job! Director of Finance & Corporate Services

  • Full time
  • £65,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 25th November 2018

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is on a journey of change to enhance its impact and reach and has an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior finance professional to provide direction and effective management of the Finance and Corporate Services (FCS) functions within RSE, and to provide strategic financial advice to Trustees and staff.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Chief Executive, your key tasks in this role will be to:

  • Lead and manage the finance function within RSE to support financial decision-making and ensure compliance with all statutory and related accounting and tax regulations
  • Lead and manage the corporate services function including HR, IT and business management
  • Lead the staff teams within the FCS Directorate, promoting and supporting a wider culture of continuous improvement
  • Contribute to the leadership of the RSE as a member of the senior management team
  • Support bids for funding, engaging in negotiations as appropriate, and ensure compliance with reporting and accountability requirements of funders
  • Work with trustees and senior management to develop and maintain appropriate financial policies (including pensions policy)
  • Oversee business planning and risk management activities across the organisation
  • Lead and oversee the management of investments and legacy funds

Requirements

The successful candidate will have a full professional accounting qualification and a proven track record of financial management at a senior level, as well as a broad knowledge of employment law and, employee relations. They will have sound judgement and strong analytical capabilities and highly developed people skills including the ability to lead, manage and motivate a group of teams.

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Business Support Assistant

  • Full time
  • £15,925
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st November 2018

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.

We are searching for a confident and pro-active Business Support Assistant to help us to provide an administrative support function to our Programme Directorate, helping us to deliver high standards of professionalism and organisation. If you enjoy organising anything from events, people, processes or workloads, we would like to hear from you.

Working alongside the RSE staff, and reporting to the Business Manager, your key responsibilities will be to undertake a range of general administration tasks, support various RSE meetings and assist with measuring the impact of activities.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Gillian Anderson on 0131 240 5008 or email ganderson@therse.org.uk

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Digital Communications Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th March 2019

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is on a journey of change to enhance its impact and reach and has an exciting opportunity for a digital communications officer to support the development and lead the delivery of the RSE’s digital communications activities.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Head of Communications, your key responsibilities in this role will be to:

· Develop and lead the digital strategy for the RSE

· Produce engaging, targeted content across all RSE digital platforms

· Lead and develop digital marketing campaigns with clear objectives and outcomes

· Lead the redevelopment of the RSE website

· Co-ordinate the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all digital channels

· Continually seek ways to improve the way RSE digitally communicates

Requirements

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of working in a communications role or supporting communications activities, excellent written and oral communication skills to engage with people in a creative and interactive way, and digital editing software experience.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sharon Simpson, Head of Communications on 0131 240 2786 or email ssimpson@therse.org.uk

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Business Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,050 – £40,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd June 2019

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE has an exciting opportunity for an experienced business manager to support the Chief Executive and Directors in the effective running of the organisation and implementing a major programme of business change to further enhance the Society’s impact.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Director of Finance & Corporate Services, your key tasks in this role will be:

  • To lead change management across the RSE
  • To lead the process of business planning
  • To lead the Business Support function
  • To support effective governance of the RSE
  • To oversee further development of impact measurement and reporting
  • To oversee the Records Management function

What we would like you to bring

The successful candidate will have highly developed people skills including proven experience in building relationships of trust and influence; demonstrable experience of effectively managing or leading organisational change and excellent written and oral communications skills. They will demonstrate effectiveness in business planning & management, will be able to work autonomously and take initiative and be adaptable to meet evolving and emerging business needs.

What we offer

  • Permanent Contract of Employment
  • Starting salary in the range of £35,050 to £40,000 per annum
  • 35 hours per week. A pilot flexible working system is currently being used so there will be flexibility to work the 35 hours between 0830 and 1930 across the contracted days. There will be occasional work required out-with the flexi-periods.
  • Group Pension Plan
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
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Policy Advice Officer

  • Full time
  • from £27,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th July 2019

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Policy Advice Officer to support the RSE’s advice activities to inform and influence public policy and to further enhance the Society’s impact.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Policy Advice Manager, your key tasks in this role will be:

  • To support the delivery of policy advice activity, including policy responses
  • To provide secretariat support for education policy work
  • To support European and constitutional affairs work
  • To contribute to horizon scanning and the gathering of impact evidence
  • To support the development and maintenance of relationships with decision makers

What we would like you to bring

The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills. They will demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise policy advice type papers/reports, will be able to work autonomously and take initiative, and be able to work across different topics and areas. An understanding of the working of the Scottish and UK governments and parliament is essential.

What we offer

  • Permanent Contract of Employment
  • Starting salary of £27,000 per annum
  • 35 hours per week. A pilot flexible working system is currently being used so there will be flexibility to work the 35 hours between 0830 and 1930 across the contracted days. There will be occasional work required out-with the flexi-periods.
  • Group Pension Plan with AVIVA
  • All staff receive the following annual allowances (pro-rata for part time staff):

·25 days up until completion of 3 years employment

· 27 days following completion of 3 years employment (+ 2 days)

· 30 days following completion of 5 years employment (+ 3 days)

· You get 9 days public holiday (pro-rata for part time staff). This is built into your total holiday allowance (annual leave + public holidays) each year

For an informal chat or if you have any questions about the role, please contact William Hardie on 0131 240 5000. For any queries regarding the recruitment process, please contact the HR Team at vacancies@therse.org.uk

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Marketing Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th March 2020

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is on a journey of change to enhance its impact and reach and has an exciting opportunity for a marketing officer to support the development and lead on the delivery of the RSE’s marketing activities.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Head of Communications, your key responsibilities in this role will be to:

  • Develop and lead marketing campaigns for the RSE public engagement, awards and venue teams’ activities across traditional and digital platforms
  • Co-ordinate and deliver designed materials for marketing campaigns
  • Engage with internal / external stakeholders and contractors to raise RSE profile
  • Collaborate and support on RSE 2020 summer exhibition
  • Maintain communication planning systems to manage trafficking and delivery
  • Produce reports for marketing and other activity
  • Prepare copy for range of internal and external publications

Requirements

The successful candidate will have relevant experience in leading and managing high quality marketing campaigns, excellent written and oral communication skills to engage with people in a creative and interactive way, excellent organisational skills and experience of working within a similar environment.

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Marketing Officer (Maternity Cover)

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th July 2020

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is continuing on its journey of change to enhance its impact and reach and has an exciting opportunity for a marketing officer to support the development and lead on the delivery of the RSE’s marketing activities.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Head of Communications, your key responsibilities in this role will be to develop and lead on the marketing for the RSE programmes relating to Enterprise Fellowships (60%), Research Awards and Public Engagement activities (40%). You will be required to:

· Plan and deliver marketing activities for the Enterprise Fellowship programmes, Public Engagement events (online and physical) and Research Awards activities

· Engage with internal and external stakeholders and contractors to raise RSE profile

· Maintain communication planning systems to manage trafficking and delivery

· Produce reports for marketing and other activity

· Prepare copy for range of internal and external publications

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have relevant experience in leading and managing high quality marketing campaigns, excellent written and oral communication skills to engage with people in a creative and interactive way, excellent organisational skills and experience of working within a similar environment.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Sharon Simpson, Head of Communications by email ssimpson@therse.org.uk

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Research Awards Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,432
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st August 2020

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Awards Officer to join our team and support the delivery of the new RSE awards and grants programme.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Research Awards Team Leader, your key responsibilities in this role will be to:

• Administer all Research Awards applications

• Provide administrative services to relevant award selection committees

• Capture impact information on the successes of the grants and engage with awardees

• Maintain research awards administrative systems

• Support with promotional activities & presentations and events organising

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have relevant experience of research awards / grants administration, excellent communication skills to engage with awardees and committee members, excellent organisational and planning skills. Some experience of working with assessment panels and committees is essential as is the ability to work with integrity and confidentiality.

What we will offer

Permanent Contract of Employment- Please note that all our staff are currently working from home due to COVID19

£ 22432 pa

35 hours per week - Occasional work may be required out-with normal office hours and part time hours may be considered

34 days annual leave pro rata

AVIVA pension fund

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact David Nisbet, Research Awards Team Leader by email dnisbet@therse.org.uk

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Communications Officer

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,000
  • Edinburgh. Due to COVID19, working remotely in a first instance
  • Closing 8th February 2021

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. During these difficult times, the RSE is continuing on its journey of change, and has an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer to develop and lead on communications projects, particularly relating to corporate activity and internal communications.

Working closely with, and reporting to the Head of Communications, your key responsibilities will be to:

• Develop internal communications tools and processes to ensure timely and effective communications for staff

• Support the Head of Communications on producing the thrice-yearly magazine ‘Resource’ and other corporate publications

• Lead on other communication activities as defined by Head of Communications in response to business need such as the regional strategy and public engagement activity

• Plan and deliver communications activities relating to Fellows

• Engage with internal and external stakeholders and contractors to raise RSE profile

• Maintain communication planning systems to manage trafficking and delivery

• Produce reports for marketing and other activity

• Prepare copy and media for range of internal and external publications

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have excellent communication storytelling skills combined with excellent organisational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously and within budget. We expect you to have experience in corporate and internal communications, and to be sensitive to our organisation’s goals and values in order to create and explain communication techniques/messages to all staff. You will have excellent relationship building skills to work with us.

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International Officer

  • Full time
  • £22,432
  • Edinburgh - Due to COVID19, working remotely in a first instance
  • Closing 13th April 2021

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy, and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. We have an exciting opportunity for an International Officer to help promote Scotland’s interests; strengthen its research, innovation profile, and connections with the world by supporting the delivery of a high quality RSE international programme of activity.

Working closely with, and reporting to the International Relations and Awards Manager, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Support and deliver research and innovation-led collaboration activities
  • Coordinate with other RSE teams to ensure delivery of activities
  • Develop and support the ongoing maintenance of international relationships with partners and networks
  • Provide secretariat support to the International Committee and Africa Working Group
  • Undertake the capture of impact information and evaluation of international activities
  • Coordinate the RSE’s responses to academic-related international Human Rights case alerts
  • Maintain the international section of the RSE website and CRM records

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have previous experience in working in an international context, the ability to coordinate projects, the ability to develop and deliver activity collaboratively, excellent planning and organisational skills while demonstrating some awareness of international issues. A strong commitment to equality, diversity and human rights coupled with excellent communication skill.

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SAHA is a joint initiative of ten Scottish Higher Education institutions, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH). It was established in 2019 to promote the value of arts and humanities to society and provide a collective voice for the arts and humanities community within higher education. You can read more about the Alliance here

The strategic direction and activity of the Alliance is determined by a Steering Group comprising representatives from contributing organisations. The Steering Group now seeks to appoint a Policy and Communications Officer to support the development of SAHA’s strategy and to build and maintain our communications network and profile.

Reporting to the Chairs of the Steering Group (Professor Catherine O’Leary, University of St Andrews and Professor Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow), this is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter to help develop and embed the Alliance and work with leading academics working in the arts and humanities field in Scotland. The post is for two years in the first instance.

The successful candidate will be employed by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the Alliance. The RSE, Scotland’s National Academy is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. Working remotely, in the first instance, an office space at a member institution may be possible at a future date.

Key responsibilities:

• To provide day to day policy support for the Alliance

• To ensure effective communication of the Alliance and its outputs

• To provide logistical and administrative support

What we would like you to bring

The successful candidate will have an extensive knowledge of the arts and humanities landscape in Scotland, an understanding of policy and exceptional written and oral communications skills. Some prior experience in writing for a policy audience and using a range of media and digital platforms is desirable.

What we offer

• Fixed-term Contract of Employment for 2 years

• Salary of £24-28K per annum

• Group Pension Plan with AVIVA

• Generous annual leave package

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Policy Advice Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Edinburgh Due to COVID19, working remotely in a first instance.
  • Closing 22nd June 2021

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy, and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. The RSE is continuing on its journey of change and has an exciting opportunity for a Policy Advice Officer to support the delivery of the RSE’s policy advice activities.

Working closely with, and reporting to the Policy Advice Manager, your key responsibilities will be to:

• Support the delivery and communication of wide-ranging policy advice activity, including preparing policy positions and responses.

• Provide secretariat support to RSE policy committees, including the Economy and Enterprise Committee.

• Provide secretariat support to the Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology.

• Support the development and maintenance of relationships with decision makers and policy influencers.

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have the ability to produce clear and concise policy advice type papers/reports with excellent written and oral communications skills. You will be able to work autonomously as part of a small team, know when to take initiative, and be able to work across

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Finance Assistant

  • Part time
  • £17,042 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th September 2021

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity that provides public benefit throughout Scotland through a diverse range of activity including awarding research funding, informing public policy, and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning. We have an exciting opportunity for a Finance Assistant to help assist with the day-to-day processes within the finance team.

Working closely with, and reporting to the Financial Controller, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Process support claims including storing and checking
  • Process acceptance forms including payments
  • Review statements of expenditure
  • Maintain filing system
  • Process claims, grants, invoices through purchase ledger
  • Monitor finance accounts inbox and process emails accordingly
  • Undertake any other finance administrative tasks as required

What we are expecting from you

The successful candidate will have previous experience in financial procedures within a small organisation. Experience of using SAGE200 or similar packages, excellent attention to detail and good numerical skills is essential, experience of working with a charitable organisation is desirable

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