Campaigns director/Deputy director

Sense about Science is a unique campaigning charity that has turned the case for sound science and evidence into a popular cause. It has launched important initiatives to expand and protect open discussions of evidence, including Transparency of Evidence to secure openness for the public about the evidence behind policy, AllTrials, a global campaign for the reporting of clinical trial results; ‘Ask for Evidence’, which engages the public in requesting and making sense of evidence for claims; and Making Sense of Risk, a global self-education initiative for communities. It has challenged practices and changed the behaviour of governments, media and corporations in the use of scientific evidence.

This is a new senior role, created to support the director and increase our leadership team to build substantially on these gains and meet ambitious goals for public empowerment with evidence know-how. This will include, in addition to the above, international development of our work on data science accountability, a UK inquiry into the evidence people needed during the pandemic and internationally promoting a public-centred approach to official statistics. The Campaigns director will both lead on the planning and delivery of significant areas of campaigns, research and policy work, with direct reports from the policy, research and communications team, and deputise for the director in these areas.

Job description

The campaigns director will:

  • Have primary responsibility for maintaining and promoting progress achieved in campaigns to improve discussion of evidence in public life. These include AllTrials, libel reform, the Maddox prize, Evidence Matters in parliament and transparency of evidence in government decision making.
  • Lead our Ask for Evidence campaign, developing a renewed strategy that builds on the national ambassador scheme and resource hub.
  • Develop and direct a programme of comment based on our experience, approach and values.
  • Ensure our communications have the impact we require in a wide range of arenas, including government and media and among our expert networks and members of the public who support and donate to our work.
  • Support the director on our global campaign to establish ‘evidence know-how’ as a duty of nations, with a particular focus on data science, statistics and risk.
  • Support the director in the preparation of influential meetings and activities; and deputise for the director in internal and external activities, meetings and talks.

The role will involve:

  • Representing Sense about Science and building relationships with community, research, government and media organisations, including convening and leading meetings and presenting at events.
  • Writing effective reports and communications.
  • Ensuring that the work of the team reflects our tone and approach and helps to achieve our goals.
  • Integrating responsive decisions with programmed work.
  • Engaging other organisations in efforts to achieve our charitable objectives.
  • Supporting the effectiveness of the director and board, and contributing to the overall goals of the charity by:
    • Providing good assessments of progress and early warnings of conditions that may affect it.
    • Ensuring effective management of the policy, research and communications team, supporting staff to develop plans and the skills and confidence to deliver them. 
    • Working closely with the Head of programmes and operations to manage the planning and delivery of Sense about Science’s strategic objectives, financial needs and organisational goals.
  • Trouble shooting, problem solving and finding ways to make our incredible networks and small resources achieve the best outcomes.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong commitment to achieving the aims of Sense about Science
  • Significant experience in investigating issues related to evidence, policy making and society – including securing participation and information, and presenting research and insights in a way that is influential and accessible.
  • A bold and competent approach to research methods, evidential standards and assessing and analysing information.
  • A portfolio of well-written reports, briefings and presentations.
  • Experience in running presentations and training.
  • Experience in speaking, chairing and interviewing, with a diverse range of people.
  • Experience in supporting director and board level activity.
  • Competence in managing relationships and resources in an effective, imaginative way, suited to a small charity.
  • A university degree and good general knowledge of public life
  • Confidence and unflappability

However, if you don’t have a CV that matches all these requirements but you are absolutely convinced you are right for the post, feel free to write to us to make the case. There is great scope in this job to develop the role.

Salary £65,000 p/a. Central London (W1). Will include some travel and out of hours activity.

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter no longer than one page to [email protected] by 5.30pm Wednesday 20th October.

We expect to receive a large number of applications for this post. So, unfortunately, we will be unable to notify unsuccessful applicants.


We are pleased to be offering six positions for young graduates through the UK government’s Kickstart Scheme to work 25 hours per week for six months, paying minimum wage.

We want to stress that we would normally pay more than minimum wage, but see this as an opportunity to provide some training and experience for young graduates in difficult economic times and are hopeful that a couple of these will turn into permanent salaried positions. Applicants need to be in receipt of universal credit and can be referred through their work coach. The positions we are offering are: 


If you are interested in applying for an internship please email [email protected] Please note we can only consider internship applications as part of a funded scheme, such as the PIPS professional internship scheme, for PhD students.

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