Membership & Programmes Manager

Application deadline: 14 April 2021 (noon)

Website polstudiesassoc Political Studies Association

To develop and promote the study of politics.

Job Seniority: Manager
Job Function: Management

Main job purpose:

Work with team members and trustees to manage the association’s membership services and programmes dedicated to developing our membership types and networks, policy positions and other initiatives relating to:

·        Teaching and Learning

·        Engaging young people and school educators

·        Undergraduate and master’s students

·        Postgraduate and early career academics

·        Specialist Groups

·        Equality, Inclusion, and diversity.


The postholder will strive to deliver the PSA’s strategy and annual business plans and reflect our values of excellence, sustainability and diversity in everything that they and their team do. The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to the association’s income targets and work within assigned budgets.


This post is line managed by the CEO and will have the following team members reporting in:

·        Membership Officer

·        On occasion, other team members, interns or gap-year students. This currently includes the PSA’s Communications and Media Officer.

On occasion the role also instructs third party consultants and contractors to deliver services.


Main responsibilities:

1.       Membership services and communications:

a.       To line manage the Membership Officer and ensure the development and delivery of the organisation’s membership services and package of benefits

b.       Work with the PSA Communications and Media Officer on a member communications programme including e-newsletters and social media as well as the efficient and effective running of the website and CRM so we can give our members the best experience possible.


2.       Schools – post 16 education and teachers:

a.       Develop close working relationships and regular communication of resources and development opportunities with teachers and education stakeholders to advance A level (or equivalent) Politics or citizenship education across the UK

b.       Organising and supporting events aimed at A level or equivalent politics students or teachers across the whole of the UK and ensuring the appropriate involvement of PSA members in these

c.       Lead on PSA engagement with exam boards and the departments for Education across the UK

d.       Contributing to inquiries and consultations on secondary and tertiary education, including the A Level Politics curriculum and related matters and co-ordinating PSA responses to these where appropriate

e.       To support the PSA’s commitment to increasing its membership by developing plans for attracting a larger number of teachers to join.


3.       Supporting University Students and Academics:

a.       To support the PSA’s Teaching and Learning (T&L) Network and its communications and events

b.       To commission or carry out work agreed by the T&L Network or the PSA Executive Committee to demonstrate the value of studying politics to students, teachers, and employers. This may include the collection and analysis of quantitative data; reviewing the relevant literature; and/or speaking to key people and organisations.

c.       To support the PSA’s engagement with, and responses to, policy changes and strategic developments relating to teaching and learning in the HE sectors as they relate to the PSA’s interests e.g., the Teaching Excellence Framework

d.       To work with the PSA’s Event Manager to organise and develop the annual PSA undergraduate Conference, and develop a wider programme of work with opportunities to undergraduate students to engage with the PSA

e.       With support from the team, support the effective operation of the PSA’s family of specialist groups in particular the management and growth of their own membership and communications as well as providing guidance and links to Finance and Event colleagues

f.        Supporting and working with academics to raise the profile of teaching and learning through a variety of activities and events including an annual conference, workshops, and online forums.


4.       Supporting Early Career Academics:

a.       To support and participate in the work of the PSA’s Early Career Network (ECN), working closely with its chair and elected officers to deliver its programme of communications and events

b.       Oversee the training and handover of the Early Career Network Committee officers

c.       To support the growth of the ECN and develop the PSA membership offer for Early Career Academics in terms of the range of services and opportunities provided and how to encourage members to take advantage of these.


5.       Other duties and responsibilities:

·        These duties are subject to change from time to time as determined by business priorities and communicated by the CEO

·        These are likely to include supporting PSA conferences and events and general support in running the PSA offices

·        On occasion supporting colleagues in work areas outside of this job description

·        Compliance with PSA policy including absence, appraisal, health & safety as well as the GDPR.


Additional information: the role is full-time and there is some requirement to work outside normal office hours to attend various PSA events. In addition, occasional travel would be expected within the UK.


Terms of Employment

1. Salary for this post starts from £32,000 per annum.

2. 37.5 hour working week excluding lunch; willingness to work very occasional evenings and weekends with no overtime payments

3. 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and the week between Christmas and new year

4. Employer contribution to pension (10% for employee contribution of 5% of salary)


How to apply

Click here to download the job pack.

Please send a CV (no more than three sides of A4) and a short covering letter explaining why you are suited to the role by noon on Wednesday 14 April 2021 to

We would be grateful if you could also complete and submit a PSA equal opportunities monitoring form.

First-round interviews are likely to be held during w/c Monday 19 April 2021 over Zoom while our offices in Camden are closed due to Covid restrictions.

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