Influencing and Engagement Manager - Midlands (Education experience welcomed)

Department: Learning and Skills
Location: Midlands Central - Covering the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia
Salary: £40,000 - £42,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Job Advert Description:

We are seeking a candidate in the Central area of England, with experience of influencing a wide range of stakeholders, to join the Learning and Skills team at the Institute of Physics on a permanent basis.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with knowledge and skills in education, including the ability to build influential relationships with high-level stakeholders in primary, secondary, HE, FE, and/or the wider education sector.

The Role

This exciting role is integral to the IOP’s objectives of building influential relationships in England with stakeholders across society, including education and training providers in primary, secondary, HE, FE, the wider education sector, the physics community, business and industry, local and regional policy makers, third sector charities, and community groups.

The successful candidates will join an expanding team that is bolstering the IOP’s influencing and engagement capability, enabling the organisation to leverage new relationships and deliver impact against its strategic aspirations. Ideally a specialist in education, they will work across the IOP strategy, in a matrix managed structure.

The Influencing and Engagement Manager (Central) will work in a flexible and agile manner to support the successful delivery of the IOP’s strategy, Unlocking the Future, to drive the change required to achieve our ambitious aims on improving access to high quality physics teaching, increasing diversity and inclusion, improving skills, unlocking capabilities and public dialogue. This will be achieved by raising the profile of the IOP and physics itself to diverse audiences across the Central areas of England, to engage with and influence key organisations and individuals.

Within the Central area of England, specific activities will be delivered in line with the identified strategic need and desired impact. This will involve maintaining existing relationships and creating new ones to amplify the work of colleagues, members, and external partners, to drive measurable change with schools and other education organisations, amongst others.

Employment Locations Available (Remote)

2 FTE in total to cover the Central region, which includes the East Midlands, West Midlands and East Anglia

The Person

You will have outstanding relationship and stakeholder management skills and demonstrable experience of influencing external and internal stakeholders with often differing needs, interests, and motivations. You will have the ability to identify opportunities, make connections and facilitate collaboration between stakeholders with areas of mutual interest that may not appear immediately obvious.

An understanding of how to influence stakeholders to take action in contexts related to any of the challenges and aspirations set out in our strategy would be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will work across the whole IOP strategy. However, specialist skills in education would be particularly welcome in this role. Specialist knowledge of any one of the following: teaching, the school system, the FE system, the skills agenda, or higher education would also be particularly advantageous in this role.

Future of Work

The Institute of Physics is an equal opportunities employer and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative and exciting trust-based model of flexible working. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact.

This role is remote from our London office. Ability to travel within the Central area of England will be required.

This is a full time role (35 hours per week). We are open to requests to work these hours outside a standard 09:00 – 17:00 schedule, including compressed hours.

We recognise that applicants currently working in education may have long notice periods, and would be willing to delay the start date for a suitable candidate.


Alongside your CV, please ensure you include a cover letter stating how you meet the person specification.

Why work with us?

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland, we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

We have an ambitious new corporate strategy and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it. There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our new film to find out more about our work.

As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including, gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.


Employment Type: Full time
Employment Basis: Permanent
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 12 July 2022 Interviews to be held: 22 & 25 July 2022 Via Teams

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