Engagement and Impact Officer


Closing date: 
09 November 2017
Jennie Wallace

The Society is recruiting for a new role as part of the Professional Development and Engagement team. The Engagement and Impact Officer will be responsible for finding out more about people working in physiology (members and non-members), highlighting routes for them to engage with The Society, managing the grant giving process and looking at the impact of our support on individuals and the community.

Applicants should be passionate about science with some understanding of career pathways within the higher education sector. The role will involve travel (primarily in the UK) to enable the post-holder to assimilate knowledge about the physiology community, including prospective and current grant holders.

About us 

The Physiological Society ('The Society'), a registered charity, brings together over 3,500 members from over 60 countries. Since its foundation in 1876, our members have made significant contributions to our knowledge of biological systems and the treatment of disease. The Society promotes physiology and supports those working in the field by organising world-class scientific meetings, offering grants for research, collaboration and international travel, and by publishing the latest developments in its leading scientific journals.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  1. Managing Society-run grants: raising awareness of The Society’s funding schemes, collating applications and managing the review and grant giving process;
  2. Developing a programme of outreach and engagement activities which members can use in their institutions to increase the visibility of Physiology as a subject that important in solving global issues such as obesity; 
  3. Helping The Society to achieve its Vision of Physiology Flourishing by working with members to enable them to deliver successful outreach and public engagement programmes at their institutions;  
  4. Overseeing Physiology Friday during Biology Week;
  5. Developing a robust impact and evaluation programme for The Society’s membership and engagement activities, working in collaboration with the Head of Professional Development and Engagement;
  6. Collecting, managing and analysing data regarding grant funding. Preparing relevant impact reports and datasets and reporting these appropriately to inform future decisions on grant schemes;
  7. Developing a programme of visits to higher education institutes across the UK and Ireland working in collaboration with the Membership Engagement Manager;
  8. Developing effective relationships with members and other stakeholders, maintaining this network of contacts and recording these appropriately in our CRM;
  9. Providing any additional support as required, ensuring that the Professional Development and Engagement team and other areas of The Society meet the strategic objectives of the organisation;

Key attributes:

  • Enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude; 
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills;
  • Ability to prioritise with good administration and organisational skills;
  • Proven experience of using different approaches for capturing, handling and reporting data, with good working knowledge of Excel;
  • A Life-Science degree or experience of working within the Life Sciences;
  • A good understanding of Higher Education; 
  • Willingness to travel in the UK and Ireland.

How to Apply

Applicants should send an up-to-date copy of their CV, along with a covering letter detailing why they consider themselves a suitable candidate,  to Jennie Wallace, HR Manager at jwallace@physoc.org.
The closing date for applications is 9 November and interviews will be held on Thursday, 16 November.