Edinburgh Science
Edinburgh Science

Charity registered in Scotland SC003790

Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wonder of the world around them.


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Senior Development Manager x2

  • Full time
  • £32,000 – £36,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 12th August 2022

Due to ambitious growth and our commitment to benefit more people with our activities, we are delighted to be recruiting not one, but two Senior Development Managers.

Edinburgh Science Foundation is an educational charity that inspires people of all ages and backgrounds around the world to experience the wonder of science and technology. Best known for their annual Science Festival and learning programmes (bringing science to life in schools throughout the year and promoting STEM careers to young adults), they share their content, passion and expertise with the wider world through an extensive portfolio of projects worldwide.

This is your chance to join Edinburgh Science as their Senior Development Manager, to raise funds for Edinburgh Science Festival, its education programme (Careers Hive and Generation Science) and other activities as appropriate, such as community engagement and climate work from corporate sponsors and donors, trusts/foundations, individuals and other funding bodies as necessary.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented, creative and experienced individual to lead on the fundraising strategy and planning for Edinburgh Science Festival. You will work closely with the Festival and Creative Director on new creative projects in order to align new projects with potential sources of funding. You will act as an ambassador for the organisation in various situations in order to create new relationships and to build on existing relationships with a wide network of funders. You will line manage the Development team in terms of pastoral care and targets and work closely with the Director of Development on development and stakeholder engagement strategy and planning.

You will have a minimum of three years’ experience of working in a fundraising environment with a demonstrable track record of writing successful grant applications and securing funds from all sectors. You will be able to work to a high standard under pressure and meet deadlines and targets. You will have excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills and experience of managing others. You will have experience of using a CRM system and good writing, editing and presentation skills. You must also be proficient in all Microsoft Office packages and able to prepare PowerPoint presentations. You will have good knowledge of the business world and UK fundraising sectors, in particular the science and technology sectors; knowledge of trusts, research councils, public sector funders and individual giving.

The post will be based in the Edinburgh offices with home working and some travel. On offer is a competitive salary and a generous benefits package comprising 34 days annual leave, workplace pension scheme, Life Assurance policy, flexible working, holiday purchase scheme, sustainable travel perks and access to personal counselling support.

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Development Officer (Fundraising)

  • Full time
  • Circa £23,460 – £26,000
  • Edinburgh (currently remote working)
  • Closing 13th June 2021

We are expanding our Fundraising team and are looking to recruit for the role of: Development Officer (Fundraising)

Each year, Edinburgh Science delivers one of Europe’s largest science festivals, a primary school education programme across Scotland, a careers event for secondary school pupils and a variety of international programming activities and projects. We believe in inspiring, encouraging, and challenging people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and understand the world around them.

About the role:

As part of our Development (Fundraising) team, you will seek out, identify, and secure financial support from a range of sources including companies, trusts, and individuals with a focus on developing giving circles across funding streams. You will also develop and strengthen relationships with existing funding partners, delivering the highest level of service.

About you:

With proven experience in a fundraising, sponsorship, or sales environment, you will have experience of making successful funding asks and hold a good working knowledge across one or several funding streams. You will be pro-active, enthusiastic, target driven, and play a key role in delivering the organisation’s fundraising targets.

You will have a flexible, creative and collaborative approach, excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and multi-task while working under pressure.

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Chair of Board

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd April 2022

The Board of Trustees is seeking to recruit a dynamic, visionary and forward-thinking Chair.

About us:

Edinburgh Science Foundation is an educational charity, founded in 1989, which stages Edinburgh Science Festival, the learning programmes Generation Science and Careers Hive along with many overseas STEM engagement projects,

Our mission is to inspire, encourage and challenge people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, understand and engage with the world around them and to communicate the educational, social and economic benefits of science and technology. As leaders in our field of Science Communication, we work year-round to create and deliver dynamic hands-on workshops and exhibitions and inspirational shows, discussions, debates and performances that continually push the boundaries of public engagement with science. Communication and engagement is at the core of all our work and we strive to ensure that this is embedded in all aspects of our organisation.

About the role:

The successful applicant will bring experience and knowledge with which to lead Edinburgh Science, Edinburgh Science Worldwide and Edinburgh Science Foundation. With a deep commitment to our mission and vision, and the ability to provide effective support and challenge to the Board of Trustees, you will play a key role in shaping the means of achieving our vision.

There are four full board meetings of Edinburgh Science Ltd and a further four executive management committee meetings that consider the work of our three entities Edinburgh Science Ltd, Edinburgh Science Worldwide Ltd (handles overseas work) and Edinburgh Science Foundation (parent charity) you would be expected to chair.

About you:

  • You have a senior / executive level background in a complex organisation with experience of working collaboratively to deliver change and increased impact.
  • You have previous governance experience with time to invest in this role.
  • You have a passion for and commitment to our vision and to diversity and inclusion.
  • You have the ability to chair meetings in a fair and impartial way with strong communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills, including public speaking.

If you have the skills, experience and time to commit to this role, then we would love to hear from you.

We are also looking to diversify the Board and we would be very interested in applicants who are:

  • Women
  • From BME or under-represented groups
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