Policy Manager - 9 Month Fixed Term Contract

British Ecological Society

£35,261 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.britishecologicalsociety.org recruitment@charlesdarwinhouse.co.uk

Sectors: ecology, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Monday, 9th April 2018  

Policy Manager - 9 Months Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover)

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to build on the successes of our previous Policy Manager and further develop the profile of the Society and its’ policy work. You will have excellent communication skills to assist the BES in promoting the importance of ecological science to policymakers and to promote the importance of engaging in policy-making to members of the society. This will require a relevant science (e.g. ecology, environmental, biological or natural science) degree or masters. You will be managing two Policy Officers, who are new in post, therefore we are looking for someone with the skills to lead a new team.

Key responsibilities for the Policy Manager maternity cover will include:

  • Effectively communicate the views of the BES to policymakers through consultation responses, parliamentary briefings, other policy documents and meetings.
  • Advise the Society on key areas of policy and prepare and deliver papers as required by the Policy Committee and BES Council.
  • Track legislation and policies at the devolved, national and European levels and identify opportunities for BES input.
  • Represent the BES and its views at meetings with external partners.
  • Organise events for ecological and policy audiences, independently and in partnership with other organisations, to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • Implement a range of activities to facilitate communication between the ecological community and policy makers in the administrations and governments of all the countries in the UK (e.g. shadowing schemes, POST Fellows, Policy Fellow, collaborative workshops, meetings etc)
  • Produce regular reports on policy developments for BES members, including writing for the BES News and Opinion web pages, maintaining the BES website policy pages and writing regular features for the BES Bulletin.
  • Provide secretariat support to ad hoc policy advisory groups and the Policy Committee, including arrangement of meetings and production of minutes.
  • Work collaboratively with the Policy Committee, and direct the work of Policy Interns and Policy Officers to deliver the BES’s policy strategic aims and objectives.
  • Support other BES initiatives as required.
  • Manage the Policy Officers, and the Policy Intern.
  • Sit on the NCI Steering Group and the CaSE Steering Group for their Policy Officer
  • Deputise for the External Affairs Manager where appropriate.
  • Prepare, manage and monitor the Policy budget, making best use of resources to achieve the required outcome to deadline and within budget

A full job description and person specification is available on our vacancy pages

This role is also open as a secondment, and must be agreed to by your current employer. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for the role as a secondment opportunity or otherwise from your current employer

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact the Policy Manager, Camilla Morrison-Bell.


Please submit your CV, and covering letter via email to the HR Team

Applications must be received no later Monday 9th April 2018 at 08:00

Interviews will be held at the Society’s offices in central London on 24th April 2018

Please note that due to limited resources it is not possible for the BES to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.


The Society is based in bright, modern offices in central London, a few minutes’ walk from Russell Square and Chancery Lane underground stations. Our building, Charles Darwin House, is a thriving community for other learned societies and like-minded organisations from across the biosciences.


The British Ecological Society offers a contributory personal pension scheme. The BES will match up to 7.5 % of an employee’s monthly salary in contributions to the pension scheme.

Annual Leave

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year.

Childcare Vouchers

Employees can take part in the childcare salary sacrifice scheme saving tax and National Insurance contributions in line with HMRC limits on their eligible childcare costs.

The Society also offers interest free season ticket loans for London travel and participates in the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.

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