Head of Festivals



Job Type

Full Time


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Head of Festivals
Full time (35 hours/week)
£41,600 to £50,960

Our Head Office is based in London, but we?have an agile working policy enabling people to?work?at another UK location up to 4 days/week.? Permanent remote working in the UK is possible and we welcome applications?from people based in other parts of the UK.

The Head of Festivals is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the development and delivery of the British Science Festival, Europe’s longest running science festival, and leading the UK Science Festivals Network and associated projects.

You will lead the curation of an engaging programme for the British Science Festival with relevant speakers and content which attract a range of audiences, particularly those that are underrepresented in science.

In addition, you will lead the UK Science Festivals Network which meets several times a year to share best practice and discuss the future of the science festivals sector. You will oversee delivery of associated projects.

The Head of Festivals will have festival management experience and expertise in engagement/communication with public audiences, either in science or other disciplines. You will have a track record of developing and implementing successful, innovative projects and partnerships in engagement/communication. You will have a strong understanding of how to engage underrepresented audiences.

You will also have experience of managing high performing teams, overseeing budgets and fundraising. While you do not need to be a scientist to work for us, experience of science communication is desirable.

Travel to the Festival location in the South of England will be required for this post, including a week on-site during the Festival (September 2023).

The BSA is an equal opportunities employer and a champion of equality, diversity and inclusion. We aim to recruit the person most suited to the job and welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and from different sectors, and from people who've gained their skills outside formal employment. We would particularly welcome applications from people and communities who are currently under-represented in our staff team, which includes people from minority ethnic groups, disabled people and men.

Closing date: midnight on Wednesday 7th December 2022
Interviews: 14th and 15th December 2022

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications

You will be informed as soon as possible after the application deadline whether you have been selected for interview.

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