Vacancy: Assistant Director

October 2, 2017

The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the UK for the public benefit. It is composed of around 1200 individual Fellows, 43 member Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists. Fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most learned societies in the social sciences in the UK are represented within the Academy.

We promote research, publish learned material, distribute information, organise workshops and events, and contribute to public debates on issues affecting the social sciences. We also respond to Government and other consultations for the social science community. Our focus is multidisciplinary and encompasses both theoretical and applied work.

The Academy sponsors the Campaign for Social Science, which was launched in 2011 to promote social science to UK Governments and the wider public. We campaign for policies that support social science inquiry in the UK, such as the retention of large-scale longitudinal research programmes. We raise the profile of social science in the public, press and parliaments and seek to:

  • inform and influence public policy with social science evidence
  • be regularly in the media with comment on social science issues
  • speak with authority on the state of social science
  • promote the benefits of investment in social science education and research

The role

This is an exciting and varied role working at the very heart of the Academy of Social Sciences, responsible for day-to-day management and long term planning of operational activities. You will lead and manage our operations across communications, income generation and engagement for the Academy and its Campaign for Social Science. You will form an important part of the Senior Management Team alongside the Executive Director, Assistant Director [Secretariat] and Head of Policy. Working with the Campaign Board and Academy Council, you will engage with a wide range of stakeholders across senior levels of academia, government and the third and private sectors. You will support and manage a high-performing team of colleagues in a warm, friendly and flexible working environment. The post-holder in this vital position will have a real opportunity to drive and shape the Academy’s operations. 


Central coordination and management of every aspect of Academy and Campaign operational activity, comprising:

  • Member, Supporter and stakeholder management and engagement
  • Operational strategic planning and follow-up, backed up by tactical intelligence gathering and market monitoring
  • Line management and development of an office team comprising Communications Manager, Supporter Relations Officer, Membership Officer and Campaign Manager
  • Our high profile event programme, including the Campaign Annual Lecture, Academy President’s Lunch, AGM, Westminster publication launches and conferences and lectures ad hoc
  • Attendance and presentation as appropriate at Council, Campaign Board and other Committees of the Academy
  • Strategic projects ad hoc (e.g. current incumbent has led implementation of new websites for both Academy and Campaign, a CRM, periodic member surveys and analysis, a premises move, etc)

Financial oversight and monitoring of:

  • income generation and collection
  • expenditure against project and overall budget targets
  • bookkeeping

Oversight of back office operations including:

  • Human Resources and Recruitment
  • Procurement
  • Archiving and GDPR
  • IT and Information Management, including CRM (ThankQ)


Salary: £36,000 pro rata + benefits including pension and generous holiday allowance

Hours: 28-35, flexible across 4 – 5 days. Core office hours 10.30-4pm Monday-Friday.


Please forward a CV and tailored letter of application detailing your interest in the role and the organisation, as well as experience and skills relevant to the above range of responsibilities, to [email protected] by 9am Monday 23rd October 2017.

If you have any questions about the role or application process please contact Helen Spriggs on 0207 682 4662.

Please apply as soon as you can as we may contact candidates before the deadline.

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