Vacancy: CaSE Director (£47,000 – £52,000)

Science Minister David Willetts speaking at CaSE's 25th anniversary celebration in 2011

Science Minister David Willetts at CaSE’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2011

Central London – deadline 28th Feb 2013

The deadline for this position has now passed.

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) is looking for a strategic, articulate, and highly motivated individual who is passionate about science and engineering to lead the organisation.

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About CaSE and the position:

CaSE is the UK’s leading independent advocate for the science and engineering sectors, and we work to ensure these are high on the political agenda. Our mission is to campaign for sustainable funding for world-leading research and education, policies to ensure we have skilled scientists and engineers, a more innovative and research-led economy, and a more scientific political discourse.

In recent years we have worked closely with everyone from Cabinet ministers to science teachers to multi-national companies. Our work has been featured on BBC Newsnight and the front page of The Times. Our most recent Annual Lecture was delivered by Lord Heseltine, and our work has been praised by David Cameron, Ed Miliband, and Nick Clegg.

Our current director, Imran Khan, is leaving the organisation after three years in post. During his tenure CaSE has significantly expanded its public profile, strengthened its existing income streams, undergone a rebrand, and modernised its governance.

His successor will be responsible for building on CaSE’s current strengths to influence high-level decision makers across a range of sectors, developing and delivering a new strategic vision for the organisation, and in particular managing CaSE’s activities during the 2015 General Election. They will also manage the day-to-day running of a small but growing charity. Our current annual turnover is between £200,000 and £250,000.

Person specification:

The ideal applicant will have the following skills and experience:

  • A background in science, technology, engineering, or maths – or at least a demonstrable passion for these subjects
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and a demonstrable ability to use these as part of a small team
  • Proven ability in engaging with government, media, industry, and academia
  • Experience of working in partnership with other organisations and managing external stakeholder interests
  • Significant policy experience in one or more of CaSE’s main areas of focus would be desirable (research funding, education and skills, innovation in the economy, and science and engineering in government and politics)
  • Proven management experience, the ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment, and the ability to ‘manage upwards’ in order to work with our Trustees
  • Experience of raising income from non-government sources to fund projects and organisations, and of sound financial management

Job description:

Location:                  CaSE offices in Gordon Square, central London. Occasional UK travel

Reporting to:           CaSE Chair, and Board of Trustees

Direct reports:        Three permanent members of staff, occasional paid interns

Main tasks:

  • Develop a strategic vision about the role of CaSE in shaping the UK’s science and engineering policy, and manage the organisation in implementing that vision – including ensuring the financial security and sustainability of the organisation. In particular, working with the Board to create an ambitious replacement for CaSE’s 2009-14 Strategy
  • Manage and participate in the development of CaSE’s positions on science and engineering policies, and advocate these positions to decision-makers and opinion-formers at all levels, including by acting as the focal point and public face of the organisation
  • Further develop the financial sustainability of CaSE, consolidating existing income and developing new funding streams through increased membership subscriptions, sponsorship, donations, and other avenues
  • Manage and supervise CaSE’s staff, creating an enterprising culture and providing inspirational leadership that also shapes our relationships with our members, partners, and those we seek to influence

How to apply:

The strict deadline for applications is the 28th of February 2013. Interviews will be held on 15th March 2013.

The deadline for this position has now passed.

To apply, please email CaSE Chair Prof Hugh Griffiths at with:

  • A covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the role
  • Your CV (maximum two pages)
  • A 800-1000 word outline of your proposed strategy for CaSE over the next three years

Applications which do not fulfil these three criteria will not be considered. We will confirm receipt of all other applications that are received by the deadline.

Please email Imran Khan ( with any questions about the post, the application process, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the position.

More information:

The starting salary for this position will be negotiable based on how closely the successful applicant fulfils our skills & experience criteria, within a range of £47,000 to £52,000. We provide an annual pension contribution equal to 11% of an employee’s gross salary.

CaSE offers 25 days paid leave per year. We are based in University College London (UCL) office accommodation in Bloomsbury, a few minutes’ walk from Euston and Euston Square underground stations. Currently, all members of staff become Honorary Research Associates at UCL upon appointment, with consequent university privileges.

We participate in a tax-free Cycle Scheme, offer loans for TfL season tickets, and our office is across the road from the Bloomsbury Fitness gym.  CaSE is a registered charity (charity number 1147492).

CaSE currently has three other permanent staff. Our assistant director leads on policy development and deputises for the director. Our member liaison is responsible for funding development and managing subscription relationships with our members. Our researcher & administrator provides a range of support from policy work to office administration.

CaSE welcomes applicants regardless of ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or lack thereof, or marital status.

The successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK.

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