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Whether you are newly qualified or are looking to change your career, the best place to start looking is our Jobs In Psychology site, which is regularly updated with new roles and opportunities from a variety of different employers and recruiters.

For details on current Society Office Staff Vacancies, Vacancies for Service Contracts or Consultancy Posts, or Voluntary Posts within the Society, please consult the tabs below.
 

Deputy Editor, The Psychologist

Full time (35 hours per week)

Location: Leicester

Salary Grade 6 (£32,264.00 pa)

The Psychologist is the magazine sent out to 50,000+ members of the British Psychological Society each month, alongside a website at thepsychologist.bps.org.uk which reaches out to a large and international audience.

We are looking for a diligent, creative full-time team member to work with an experienced editor in order to help take us to the next level. If you are passionate about psychology and science communication, this is a rare opportunity to make a real impact.

You will build connections across psychology and beyond in order to source regular, high quality content; your attention to detail and drive will help to maintain standards and regular output; and your ideas will help to ensure the magazine continues to evolve.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter outlining how your skills meet the job criteria you should outline, in not more than 800 words, why you want the role and what you would bring to it (including an idea for a format, topic or author which you feel would engage and inform our audience) to the Personnel Team at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is the 14th of February 2019.

This tab contains information about vacancies for contract for services and consultancy posts. 

Opportunities listed here are not staff posts and therefore are not subject to the Society's general terms and conditions of employment.

There are currently no vacancies being advertised.

This page contains information about volunteer opportunities with the Society.

Opportunities listed on this page are not remunerated and therefore are not subject to the Society's general terms and conditions of employment.

Volunteers working for the Society are subject to the Code of Conduct for Members undertaking activities on behalf of the Society.

The Public Policy Board will maximise the impact of psychology on public policy so that policy makers and the public know the value of psychological evidence and the contribution of psychologists.

We are looking for an exceptional psychologist to take on this exciting volunteer role to help the BPS to dramatically increase our impact. The successful candidate will also become members of the Board of Trustees.

We actively encourage applications from members of the Society from diverse backgrounds.

A mover and a shaker in policy circles, you will be well connected, a strategic thinker and politically astute. You will be able to cut through jargon and clearly articulate the Society’s recommendations whether it’s in a tweet, while briefing a journalist or when giving evidence to a parliamentary committee.

You will have first-hand experience of using evidence to achieve change and will demonstrate an understanding of how to influence policy making in the four nations of the UK.

Working closely with the Senior Management Team and office staff, you will help develop and implement an ambitious long-term strategy to deliver on our Senate priorities and to bring psychological evidence to the heart of government to make real and lasting policy change.

Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss the role or email [email protected] to request a copy of the role description and person specification.

To apply please send a 500 word statement of interest outlining your suitability for the role, along with your CV, to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is the 21st of January, 2019.

The Education and Training Board aims to promote excellence in psychology education and training so that students and academics have access to high-quality education and training, now and in the future.

We are looking for an exceptional psychologist to take on this exciting volunteer role to help the BPS to dramatically increase our impact. The successful candidate will also become a member of the Board of Trustees.

We actively encourage applications from members of the Society from diverse backgrounds.

A well respected academic, with a focus on excellence in learning and teaching, you will be well-tuned into the challenges faced by students, teachers and other stakeholders across the educational landscape (inc. schools and colleges and higher education).

You will be a strategic thinker that is able to work across the vast ranging education and training priorities, bringing focus for the Society, its members and wider academic community.

You will be able to identify the strategic links between education, training and workforce planning, in England and across the devolved nations.

Please contact [email protected] if you would like to discuss the role or email [email protected] to request a copy of the role description and person specification.

To apply please send a 500 word statement of interest outlining your suitability for the role, along with your CV, to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is the 21st of January, 2019.

The Society is seeking to appoint Members to join the above Expert Reference Group (ERG) from spring 2019.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an active role in delivering the Society’s campaign on mental health and psychological wellbeing in children and young people that was chosen at the BPS Senate in October.

We are looking for 15 members from across the Society who can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience in this area and every effort will be made to ensure the group has range of experience across domains, contexts of research and practice.

We particularly welcome BAME and LGBT applicants who are currently under-represented in the Society and will also be seeking input from Experts by Experience.

The group will support the campaign Steering Group to achieve policy change by:

  • Prioritising where we can make the biggest difference to policy
  • Highlighting the best psychological evidence to share with policy makers
  • Sharing frontline experience, expertise and best practice to influence service delivery
  • Building external networks and partnerships with external stakeholders.

To apply, please send a Statement of Interest of no more than 500 words outlining your relevant skills and experience to [email protected].

Statements of Interest must be received by 21 January 2019.

The first meeting of the ERG will take place in February 2019.

The Board is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Occupational Psychologist to the role of Chief Supervisor/Registrar.

The Chief Supervisors is the link and the official channel of communication between the Board, candidates and their Co-ordinating Supervisors, and  will act on behalf of the Board in all matters concerning the provision of initial advice and information for potential candidates, enrolment, ongoing development and registration for assessment of all candidates, as well as in all matters to do with communicating the results of assessments.

The Chief Supervisor/Registrar also has responsibility for overseeing the supervision process and for developing links and training for Coordinating Supervisors who provide the direct mentoring and support for candidates. The Chief Supervisor/Registrar will be required to work closely with another Chief Supervisor/Registrar, sharing the same responsibilities.

This commitment for this role is 8 sessions per month per Chief Supervisor/Registrar, where a session is half a day. The post attracts a payment of £122.00 per session.

In addition, the post holder is expected to attend and contribute to Board meetings. The Board meets three times a year either face to face or by teleconference. Meetings usually take place in Leicester.

Attendance at other working parties to represent the Board may also be required.

This role will commence from 1st February 2019.

Applications can be made via a Statement of Interest form which is available from [email protected]. Please also enclose a copy of your curriculum vitae.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 17th January 2019 at 5pm and telephone interviews are expected to take place on Friday 25th January 2019.

The Society’s Research Board is seeking to appoint a Chair and Members to a new Task and Finish Group.

The Task and Finish Group will comprise experts in memory based evidence. It is anticipated that there will be around 10-15 members.

It is expected the group will start work in spring 2019 and will report directly to the Research Board.

The Society first published a guidance document on Memory and the Law in 2008.

The remit of the Group will be to provide expert input into a new plain English psychologically informed guide to memory based evidence, for non-psychologists.

The audience for this work is primarily legal professionals and others working in the Courts and with expert witnesses.

To request a Statement of Interest Form please contact [email protected]

Statements of Interest should reach the Society’s office no later than Monday 4th February 2019.

The Society’s Professional Practice Board (PPB) is seeking to appoint a Member of the Society to act as Chair and several Members to join the above Group from early 2019.

It is anticipated that there will be around 15 members and the group will report directly to the Professional Practice Board.

The remit of the advisory group is to advise and guide members and the Society on safeguarding issues. This will include safeguarding vulnerable adults as well as children and young people.

The group will advise on professional standards and good practice for psychologists including the production and updating of guidance documents as relevant; promotion and advice on training opportunities as part of BPS CPD initiatives; and respond to relevant correspondence from members and external parties.

For full details or to request a Statement of Interest Form contact [email protected].

The posts will commence in early 2019.

Statements of Interest should reach the Society no later than the 04th of January 2019.

The role of the Educational Psychology (Scotland) Qualifications Board is to formulate and manage all matters relating to policy, procedure and assessment for the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2).

The Society is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced educational psychologist working in Scotland to the role of Chief Supervisor/Registrar who will serve as the official channel of communication between the Board, candidates, and their Co-ordinating Supervisors.

The Chief Supervisor/Registrar will act on behalf of the Board in all matters concerning the provision of initial advice and information for potential candidates, enrolment, ongoing development and registration for assessment of all candidates, and in all matters to do with communicating the results of assessments. The Chief Supervisor/Registrar also has responsibility for overseeing the supervision process and for developing links and training for Co-ordinating Supervisors who provide the direct mentoring and support for candidates.

The Chief Supervisor/Registrar will be required to work closely with another Chief Supervisor/Registrar, sharing the same responsibilities.

Role Description

  • To approve Co-ordinating Supervisors in line with the regulations
  • To review applications and approve enrolments
  • To review applications for Accreditation of Existing Competence and agree exemptions on behalf of the Board
  • To correspond with the candidates as necessary on behalf of the Board via the Qualifications Office
  • To provide ongoing pastoral support to all candidates, including undertaking registrar clinics as necessary
  • To liaise with the Qualifications Team to track candidates’ progress from enrolment to completion of the qualification
  • To attend Qualifications Board meetings as required&
  • To design and deliver high quality supervision workshops
  • To ensure efficient and effective operation of the supervision process
  • To approve plans of training where appropriate
  • To support and advise supervisors as needed
  • To design and deliver candidate induction events
  • To review and approve annual progress reports
  • To review supervisor appraisal documentation and identify areas for improvement
  • To provide input to the Qualifications Team to support the development and maintenance of appropriate documentation that adheres to the Regulations and the Candidate Handbook
  • To comply with all Society policies, procedures and regulations, including those concerning confidentiality and data protection
  • To work collaboratively as part of the Chief Supervisor team

Person Specification

  • Significant experience as a Chartered Psychologist, Full Membership of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an educational psychologist.
  • Knowledge and understanding of assessment processes
  • Experience of supervising, coaching or mentoring
  • Substantial experience assessing at postgraduate level in educational psychology or evaluating professional practice against clear competency frameworks
  • Knowledge of professional standards of training for the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Stage 2)
  • Experience working on boards or committees
  • Experience designing and delivering effective training workshops

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent decision making skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Facilitation skills

Applying

If you are interested in applying for this post please send a Statement of Interest Form.

These can be requested by contacting [email protected]

Interested parties are welcome to contact the current Chief Supervisor/Registrar, via the Qualifications Office, for an informal discussion before they put forward their statement of interest.

Where travel is necessary for face to face meetings the Society will pay travel and subsistence claims in line with current policy.

The BPS is grateful to the successful candidate as this is a pro-bono role that may take up to the equivalent of 10 days spread over the calendar year.

Your skills and experience

We’re looking for members of the Society from academic and/or practitioner backgrounds with expertise in:

  • Running or teaching on accredited programmes; and/or
  • Supervising or managing trainee or qualified psychologists working in a range of practice environments.

Previous experience of participation in quality assurance or governance processes is desirable, but if you have other experience that you think is relevant, please let us know.

Our approach and ethos

Our approach is known as accreditation through partnership: we work collaboratively with the providers whose programmes we accredit, and we see our reviewers as key partners in that process.

Benefits of involvement

Current reviewers tell us that their involvement in accreditation through partnership gives them valuable insight into different approaches to training the psychologists of the future, and offers them the opportunity to network with and learn alongside a diverse range of professional colleagues.

Their involvement in our work provides opportunities to explore alternative approaches to common challenges, and to stay up-to-date with current education, training and practice in a range of areas.

What sort of work is involved?

Our reviewers work as part of the Society’s Undergraduate Education Committee or postgraduate Training Committees, with responsibility for accrediting programmes and enhancing quality. We ask our reviewers to engage in both paper-based programme reviews and in one or two-day partnership visits to universities across the UK.

The nature and number of reviews and visits will vary year on year, but we will work closely with you to ensure that you are able to balance any work you undertake on our behalf with your other commitments.

Each Committee holds 3 face-to-face meetings during the year to provide an opportunity for discussion of key policy and practice issues, and to facilitate peer support and training. There are also opportunities to further shape standards and produce guidance through special interest working groups.

We reimburse travel and subsistence expenses for any meetings or visits you attend as part of your role.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered as a reviewer please contact [email protected] or call 0116 252 9563 for an application form and information pack, indicating the area or Division that most closely reflects your experience.

We will select and appoint members on the basis of the skills and experience demonstrated in their application, and will seek wherever possible to achieve a balance of expertise across the reviewer community as a whole.

The following information and documents give background to the Society, the types of role and the terms and conditions we offer to all posts:

The Society operates generous holiday, pension and sickness policies and flexible working arrangements.

For all posts, exposure to the current Higher Education or charities sectors would be an advantage.

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