Director of Physics Programmes

Institute of Physics


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    £90-£100k per annum

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  • Expiry date

    09 April 2019

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    Institute of Physics

Ref: GSe46332

This is an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional individual to join the Institute of Physics, to take the executive lead for the IOP’s physics-facing programmes during an exciting time of significant change and transition.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a leading scientific society, with a membership ranging from students to those at the top of their fields in academia, business, education and government. Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. And, in our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.  Our programmes range from driving the excellence of physics teaching in our schools to programmes that will inspire the public about the role physics has in our lives. The IOP has been driving significant changes to its culture, strategy and vision to drive the Institute’s ambitious plans to challenge the traditional concept of Learned Society and Professional Body to become a modern, innovative and outward facing organisation which can advance physics for the benefit of all.

We are seeking an exceptional Director to play a critical role on our executive team, to support the development and implementation of the IOP’s strategy and business plan and to work with key partners and stakeholders to design and deliver programmes of work which promote innovation, diversity and inclusion and new ways of working. Reporting to the Chief Executive and leading a broad team, your remit will cover education in schools, activities in science and innovation with further and higher education and physics-based businesses.  

An inspiring and senior leader, you will drive a culture of collaboration and high performance and will bring a proven track record of leading and delivering significant programmes in a relevant organisation in the higher education, research or research funding sectors, preferably with demonstrable expertise in one of the physical sciences. Personal qualities are equally important and outstanding communication skills, the ability to think innovatively and challenge the status quo are essential. You will bring powerful credentials in motivating teams, the ability to play a key strategic role as part of our executive team, the credibility to influence others to deliver change and will be able to combine a strategic overview with first class programme design and delivery experience.  

Closing Date5pm 10th April 2019
Longlist MeetingEnd of w/c Monday 8th April 2019
Preliminary InterviewsFriday 12th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2018
Shortlist MeetingEnd of w/c Monday 22nd April 2019
Final Panelw/c Monday 6th May 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please provide the following:

• an up to date CV (maximum 3 pages);

• Supporting Statement (max 3 pages) addressing the criteria in the Experience and Skills section of the Person Specification;

• the names and contact details of two referees who we may contact after the shortlisting stage (please note that we will not take up these references without advising you first).

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092