Deputy Head of Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) (Maternity Cover until 29 Feb 2024)

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm Monday, 12 June 2023.

£42,300 (full-time/maternity cover until end Feb 2024) + excellent benefits

The British Academy – the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences - is seeking a Deputy Head of Early Career Researcher Network to join our Early Career Researcher Network team in the Research Directorate, providing key support in the delivery of the Early Career Researcher Network.

The role

The Deputy Head of the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) team leads on the delivery and management of the Early Career Researcher Network at the Academy. The role works closely with other members of the Early Career Researcher Network team (currently four people) and colleagues across the British Academy. The friendly ECRN Team is, part of the Academy’s Research Directorate comprising of the ECRN, Research Funding, and international teams. As a team and directorate, we take great pride in supporting Early Career Researchers through the Network and our funded schemes both nationally and internationally. We do this by providing grant funding and training opportunities to allow ECRs to develop professionally and personally, enabling them to be competitive in the job market and excel in the sector.

The Deputy Head of the ECRN manages and supports the Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) team and an allocated budget (in excess of £500k pa) to lead and deliver the Academy’s programme of activities as part of the Network for social sciences and humanities researchers across the UK.   In this role you will apply your knowledge and experience to lead and manage the staffing and budgetary resources allocated to the Network. You design, commission, and oversee the delivery of a breadth of engaging activities and events for the ECRN (informed by insights from data and the ECRs), and develop routes to communicate with ECRs inside and outside the Network. You will also lead the engagement with universities and other sector bodies to explore the issues and challenges facing ECRs and advise on and implement opportunities for the Network to respond.

About the Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, established by Royal Charter in 1902. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future. Today’s complex challenges can only be resolved by deepening our insight into people, culture, and societies. With a Fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics, the Academy invests in researchers and projects across the UK and overseas; engages the public with fresh thinking and debates; and brings together scholars, government, business, and civil society to influence policy.

The Academy currently has five directorates: Communications & Marketing; Development; Policy; Research; and Resources, plus a small Governance & Fellowship Team. We have increased staffing in the last 12 months and expect to continue to grow this year.

Working at the Academy

Our senior management team have worked with staff to foster a culture of collaboration, respect, and empathy, in which all contributions are recognised as we work towards our common goals. Our people strategy and working practices focus on building strengths and sharing insights, with learning & development, wellbeing, and equality, diversity & inclusion at the centre of how we operate as an organisation. Investing in our staff and encouraging a healthy work/life balance is central to our success, as we move forward and continue to grow. Find out more about the British Academy, including our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

Terms and conditions

The British Academy is based at 10-11, Carlton House Terrace, St James Park, London, SW1 – a Grade 1 listed building. We offer a competitive benefits package including a 35-hour working week, with hours and location worked flexibly under our hybrid-working policy; 34 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays; a subsidised restaurant and an excellent occupational pension.

How to apply

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, in line with our commitment to create a diverse and inclusive working environment, promote equal opportunity, and address under-representation. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

To apply, and to see the full job description and our workplace values, please follow the link to access the Applied recruitment platform.

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Applications must be received no later than 1200 noon on 12 June 2023.

Please contact the HR team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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