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Learning And Engagement Manager (Community Programmes)

  • Full time
  • £28,000 – £33,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 24th September 2023

  • Advertised from 7th September 2023
  • £28,000 - £33,000 p.a. D.O.E. 37.5hrs/week, permanent. Standard working hours are 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday. Reasonable flexibility required for evening and weekend work out with these times to facilitate opportunities including outreach and special events.


Dynamic Earth is a national educational charity with a mission of empowering everyone with understanding and empathy for the Earth. We deliver this mission through our exhibition, planetarium and through our learning and engagement programmes in Edinburgh and nationally across Scotland. We have recently published a new 10-year strategic plan – From Beginning to Mend - with a series of strategic priorities including delivering outstanding science engagement and reaching more people in more ways.

Role Purpose:

To manage Dynamic Earth’s community learning and engagement programme in support of our strategic priorities, charitable mission and purpose.

Role Description:

Role Summary - Working closely with the Head of Learning and Engagement, you will play an active and hands-on role in managing and delivering our community learning and engagement programmes and partnerships, which ensure Dynamic Earth provides high-quality and in-depth repeat engagement opportunities for a wide range of underserved and underrepresented audiences.

Key Results Areas:

  1. Strategy and Culture: You will champion a culture of excellence in science engagement and play a key role in delivering our programming and organisational strategies. You will act as a science communication mentor and champion, leading through example in delivery with community audiences and colleagues.
  2. Community Events and Experiences: You will lead on the management of our programmes with underserved and underrepresented community audiences; placing evolved co-creation and values driven practice at the heart of our programmes with a focus on repeat engagement models in an in-reach and outreach capacity. You will play and active, regular and hands-on role in delivering our community events and experiences with colleagues and audiences.
  3. Project Management: You will lead on the planning and execution of a number of funded community initiatives in partnership with colleagues from Fundraising.
  4. Partnerships: You will play a key role in managing a range of partnerships, including initiation, development and stewardship
  5. Management: You will line manage colleague(s) responsible for community programming
  6. Budget and Finances: You will manage budgets for community programming with the Head of Learning and Engagement
  7. Health and Safety: You will take an active role in health and safety processes and procedure for the activity areas you are responsible for, such as SOPs and Risk Assessments.
  8. Evaluation and Impact: You will play an active role in sharing the work of the charity across a range of channels for a broad range of stakeholders in partnership with colleagues from Marketing and Communications.


- Educated to degree level in a STEM subject area or related discipline, or alternatively lived experience as an alternative to a formal qualification

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Excellent planning and organisational skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Excellent time management skills, including the ability to effectively re(prioritize) a varied workload of multiple concurrent programme areas and projects

- Line management experience including recruitment, training and development

- Experience of creating and delivering high-quality learning and engagement experiences from inception to point of delivery

- Experience of creating, maintaining, evolving and stewarding partnerships

- Experience of working with a broad range of audiences who are underserved and underrepresented in informal science learning

- Awareness and experience of implementing sector-wide community best practice

- Awareness and experience of developing evaluation methodologies


- A pro-active, warm, enthusiastic and friendly disposition with the ability to build rapport with people quickly

- An enabling and pro-active attitude and commitment to a culture of continuous improvement

- A flexible approach which helps deliver results

- A pro-active and enabling approach to problem solving

- A reflective practitioner with the ability to reflect both on self and situation

Application notes

Please send a cover letter and CV (circa 2 pages each max) to Conor Ellis – Head of Learning and Engagement – at outlining why you are the best candidate for the position by the deadline of Sunday 24th September at 23:59.

Initial interviews for this position are expected to take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 and ideally take place in-person at Dynamic Earth.