Vacancy: Campaign Manager, Discover Economics

Job Summary

  • Title: Campaign Manager
  • Reports to: Chief Executive, RES and Co-chairs, Discover Economics Campaign
  • Location base: Bristol or Coventry – Flexible working also possible
  • Salary: £35K (pro-rata) dependent on experience
  • Hours: 21 hours per week
  • Job Type: Temporary. One-year with the possibility of extension, depending on funding.  
  • Closing date: 6 July 2020

Job Overview

This role is to drive forward an exciting new outreach campaign, launched by the RES in October 2019 in partnership with leading economics organisations, to promote diversity among economics students. The role involves delivering a student ambassador programme, establishing a student-facing website, identifying and applying for funding and developing an effective communications strategy to promote the campaign to a broad audience.

Campaign Background

Discover Economics is a new campaign that aims to increase diversity among economics undergraduate students, where women, students from state schools and colleges and many BAME groups are under-represented. A big challenge is that economics is not a subject that is taught in all schools and many students may have little idea what the subject is about, mis-perceiving it as narrowly focused on money and finance. The campaign aims to showcase the breadth of economics – and to show economists who aren’t “boring men in suits, crunching numbers”. Its current activities and plans include a student-facing website (www.discovereconomics.ac.uk), featuring a COVID19 blog, school/college outreach events and a student ambassador programme. To date, work on the campaign has been done by its co-Chairs Sarah Smith (Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol) and Arun Advani (Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick) with support from the RES executive team and an active working group. The campaign has recently secured funding from the RES and the Health Foundation allowing it to make its first dedicated appointment and helping to take the campaign to a new level.

Society Background

The purpose of the RES is to promote the study of economics. With over 4,000 members worldwide, we are one of the oldest economic associations in the world. Founded as the British Economic Association in 1890, we became the Royal Economic Society upon receiving our Royal Charter in 1902. We are a registered charity and membership is open to anyone who shares our aims and objectives.

The Society publishes two scientific journals - The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal – containing high quality peer-reviewed papers from an international authorship. Our popular annual conference provides a forum for research, debate, and networking. We also provide resources for economists and support for education and the training of students, teachers and researchers.  Increasingly we are focussed on improving the public understanding of economics through engagement with schools and the wider public.

 Our 2019-2023 strategy guides our work through four key priorities:

  • Enhancing the credibility and visibility of economics
  • Supporting economists
  • Improving diversity
  • Working effectively

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinating the student ambassador programme (organising ambassador training material and sessions, helping to recruit students and working with universities to promote the scheme to schools/colleges, collecting data for evaluation purposes).  
  • Developing and promoting the campaign website (creating, identifying and commissioning relevant content and identifying improvements to the website).
  • Identifying and applying for funding to extend the reach of the project.
  • Developing an effective communications strategy with key stakeholders (liaising with working group members and partners; identifying key stakeholder groups; promoting the campaign via different media to a broad audience).
  • Organising, coordinating and managing outreach events (within any social distancing requirements).
  • Providing secretariat support for the working group, including producing regular reports.

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  1. Degree level of education or equivalent
  2. Demonstrable experience of project management
  3. A strong commitment to promoting diversity in education
  4. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for economics
  5. Excellent communication skills, with experience of creating written or digital content
  6. Demonstrable experience of working collaboratively with committees and working groups (or equivalent)
  7. Experience of working independently with a flexible, can-do approach to work
  8. Demonstrable experience of multi-tasking and excellent organisations skills with the ability to manage varied tasks at the same time
  9. The ability to effectively plan and manage budgets and resources

Desired Skills

  1. Knowledge and experience of the education (including higher education) sector
  2. Knowledge and experience of working with school/college students
  3. Knowledge and experience of making successful funding applications
  4. Economics degree or equivalent
  5. Experience of managing events
  6. Experience of public engagement and media work

Application Process: Please submit your CV along with a short personal statement explaining your suitability for the role to resoffice@res.org.uk by 6 July 2020. Applications without an accompanying personal statement and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Enquiries: For further information, or if you require any reasonable adjustments in submitting your application, please contact sarah.smith@bristol.ac.uk for an informal chat.

Please note, no agencies.

The Royal Economic Society is committed to equality and valuing diversity.