Learning and Engagement Manager (Schools & Public Programmes)

Organisation: Dynamic Earth

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000

Location: Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

Reports to: Head of Learning and Engagement

Salary: c.£30,000 – £35,000 p.a. DOE.

Hours: Full time (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 the creation and delivery of a vibrant year-round programme of events and experiences which support learners, teachers, families, adults and young people engage with Dynamic Earth, our 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 the creation, delivery and resourcing of Dynamic Earth’s programming for school and public audiences; positioning the charity as a sector leader in informal science learning provision.

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 support the creation and delivery of operational plans which deliver our ambitions for audience groups you are responsible for and act as a science communication mentor and champion, leading through example in event and experience delivery with audiences and colleagues.

2. School Learners: You will lead on the management of our programmes for learners aged 3-18 which support national educational priorities, and evolve our school programming to increasingly focus on repeat engagement models, including supporting delivery of programmes for learners and CLPL for teachers.

3. Training Programmes: You will lead the management of our Career Long Professional Learning offer for practitioners across Scotland and our Public Engagement training offer for scientists.

4. Family Programmes: You will manage our family programme offer, including workshops, drop-in experiences, special events in both indoor and outdoor settings.

5. Public Programmes: You will manage our evolving public engagement programme for adults and young people e.g. Science Lates and adult talks.

6. Partnerships: You will play a key role in managing a range of partnerships, including initiation, development and stewardship, for example, with the Edinburgh Science Festival, with universities and government agencies such as SSERC and Education Scotland.

7. Management: You will line manage colleagues responsible for school, family and public programmes.

8. Budget and Finances: You will manage budgets for school and public programming in collaboration with the Head of Learning and Engagement.

9. 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.

10. 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(prioritise) a varied workload of multiple concurrent programme areas and projects
– Experience of supporting fundraising activity
– Line management experience including recruitment, training and development and supporting a development culture in teams
– Experience of creating and delivering high-quality learning and engagement experiences from inception to point of delivery with a range of audiences including school learners, teachers, academics, families and adults
– Experience of creating, maintaining, evolving and stewarding programme partnerships
– Awareness and experience of developing evaluation methodologies, including social impact


– 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

To apply, please email a copy of your CV and cover letter to

Application Deadline: Sunday 21/07/2024