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Looking for a new job in the field of psychology?

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.
 

Communications Manager

Grade 7, £42,664.00 per annum

Location: Leicester

Full-time (35 hours per week)

Are you a creative, experienced communications professional looking for a new challenge? We’re looking for a dynamic Communications Manager to lead our busy communications team focusing on both external and member communications.

You’ll be responsible for developing and delivering a multi-channel programme of activities that help to support our growing membership by bringing to life the positive impact that psychology and psychologists have on society.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience within a communication management role, have a creative flair and be passionate about the important role communications can play in membership organisations.

You will have strong writing and editing skills and extensive experience of media relations. With a track record of delivering successful campaigns on and offline, you’ll also be familiar with CRM and CMS systems, email programmes and a range of social media platforms.

An effective leader and people manager, you’ll be enthusiastic and resilient. The BPS is entering a time of exciting change and growth so you’ll need to be confident with developing, managing and delivering multiple projects at any one time.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Interviews will be held at our Leicester office on Tuesday 11 December 2018.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rachel Dufton, Interim Director of Communications at [email protected]

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter outlining how your skills meet the job criteria, to [email protected]


Senior Policy Advisor / Policy Officer / Policy Advisor

Grade 5 / 6 / 7 (see details below)

Location: London / Leicester

Permanent Full-Time

The British Psychological Society is expanding its policy department to increase the impact of psychological evidence and practice on public policy. The Society has created five new roles that offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to making a real positive change across a number of the areas where psychologists work and where psychological evidence can be applied.

We are recruiting a Senior Policy Advisor to lead the Society’s policy and influencing work in mental health. The successful candidate will already be well established in this field and be able to demonstrate a high level of relevant policy knowledge, an understanding of psychological science and an influential network of stakeholders.

In addition, we are recruiting three Policy Advisors to take on a portfolio of policy work in three key areas - health, work, and social justice - that draw on the evidence and experience of our 70,000 members. These roles are ideal for policy professionals with an interest in psychology or for those with psychological training that can demonstrate a robust understanding of policy and advocacy.

We are also recruiting a Policy Officer to provide support to the expanding London-based policy team.

To apply please provide a CV and covering letter outlining how your knowledge, skills and experience would be suitable for this post and how you meet the person specification to [email protected].

Please indicate clearly which job you are applying for and ensure that covering letters are no longer than 1,000 words.

Please note any applications received that have not been submitted with a covering letter will NOT be considered.

The closing date for applications is the 26th of November at 09:00am


Psychology Blogger

Grade 6, £35,310 (pro-rata)

Part Time (8-9 hours per week)

Fixed Term Contract (1 year)

The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest blog, which keeps hundreds of thousands of people abreast of the latest exciting findings in psychology, is seeking an additional writer.

As one of our writers, you’ll have the satisfaction of seeing your work reach our large international audience and get picked up by the world’s biggest publications, from The Guardian to New York Magazine; and published via our partnerships with other prestigious outlets including Aeon, Big Think, VICE, and others.

You must already have experience writing about psychology research for news outlets or magazines (online or print) aimed at the general public.

You must have an undergraduate degree in psychology or an equivalent related qualification.

We’ll also need to see documentation that demonstrates your right to work in the UK. Further information can be found on the Useful Information tab.

The closing date for applications is noon on 30th November 2018.

Interviews will be held via telephone at a date and time tbc.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter, outlining how your skills meet the job criteria and including links or attachments representing three published examples of your work, to [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT A COVERING LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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.


Safeguarding Advisory Group - Chair and Members

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.


Health Psychology Qualifications Board - Registrar/Chief Supervisor Elect

The Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) is one of the routes to gaining eligibility to apply for Chartered Membership of the Society, and to apply to the Health Professions Council for registration as a Health Psychologist.

The Qualification involves undertaking a period of structured supervised practice, submitting a portfolio of competence for assessment and attending a viva voce examination.

The role of the Health Psychology Qualifications Board is to formulate and manage all matters relating to policy, procedure and assessment. The Board’s work is overseen by the Society's Qualifications Standards Committee (QSC) which consists of the Chairs of all Society Qualifications Board, which in turn is answerable to the Membership Standards Board (MSB).

The Board is seeking a Registrar/Chief Supervisor Elect. This role involves shadowing the current Registrar/Chief Supervisor on a range of matters for a period prior to taking over fully as Registrar/Chief Supervisor.

The role of Registrar/Chief Supervisor Elect specifically involves the following tasks which are carried out in the shadowing period:

  • Support the Registrar/Chief Supervisor in the efficient running of the supervision process.
  • Contribute to the approval of supervisors and supervision plans/ plans of training/ placements on behalf of the Qualifications Board
  • Assist with supporting and advising supervisors
  • Contribute to the monitoring and content of the supervision process
  • Contribute to the recruitment, training and monitoring of supervisors
  • Consult with the Board, or any of its members, on any of the above matters as appropriate
  • Attend meetings of the Board
  • Contribute to internal and external validation and approval processes as appropriate

Face-to-face meetings of the Board are held at the Society’s offices in either Leicester or London and may involve overnight stays.

At the end of the shadowing period, the Registrar/Chief Supervisor Elect will take over as Registrar/Chief Supervisor for the Health Psychology Qualifications Board for a period of three years.

Responsibilities of the Registrar/Chief Supervisor are as follows:

  • To be responsible for the efficient running of the supervision process.
  • To approve, on behalf of the Qualifications Board, supervisors and supervision plans/ plans of training/ placements
  • To support and advise supervisors
  • To monitor the process and content of the supervision process
  • To report to the Board on the supervision process
  • To consult with the Board, or any of its members, on any of the above matters as appropriate
  • To contribute to internal and external validation and approval processes as appropriate
  • To communicate with candidates on behalf of the Qualifications Board

In order to successfully meet these responsibilities the Chief Supervisor will be required to recruit and train supervisors and to monitor their performance.

Person Specification:

To qualify for the position the successful candidate must normally have at least five years’ experience as a Chartered Psychologist and Full Member of the Division of Health Psychology and must also be registered with the HPC as a Health Psychologist. The successful candidate will also have:

  • knowledge and understanding of qualification processes
  • good communication skills
  • good decision making skills
  • facilitation skills
  • willingness to maintain level and advance standards of the QHP

Plus experience of:

  • Board or committee functioning
  • committee work involving establishing and maintaining standards on behalf of an organisation
  • training, including being part of Boards of Assessors, or similar process in any other context

And the following personal qualities:

  • consultative leadership style
  • attention to detail
  • ability to withstand pressure

The post requires regular attendance at meetings in London and Leicester.

Applications can be made via a Statement of Interest form which is available from [email protected] or via 0116 252 9933.

The deadline for applications is the 19th of December 2018.


Health Psychology Qualifications Board - Chair

The Board is seeking to appoint a Chartered Member of the Society who is a Health Psychologist to take on the role of Chair.

The Health Psychology Qualifications Board is concerned with the assessment of the Society’s Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2), which confers eligibility to apply to the Society for Chartered Membership and Full Membership of the Division of Health Psychology, and also confers eligibility apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Health Psychologist.

The Board’s work is overseen by the Society's Qualifications Standards Committee (QSC) which consists of the Chairs of all Society Qualifications Board, which in turn is answerable to the Membership Standards Board (MSB).

The role of Chair involves:

  • being responsible to QSC for the efficient running of the Board;
  • having overall responsibility for the efficient and effective running of the Qualification in Health Psychology and the implementation of regulations;
  • chairing meetings of the Board and ensuring equitable debate on all issues relating to the qualification;
  • contributing to the setting of the agendas for Board meetings which ensures that all aspects of the qualification assessment process are addressed and reported to the Board;
  • ensuring complaints are addressed in a timely manner;
  • attending QSC on behalf of the Board;
  • approving correspondence and results between meetings where necessary;
  • ensuring effective succession planning and replacement of Board Officers as their term of office becomes due; and
  • attendance at other committees or working parties, representing the Qualifications Board, may also be required from time to time.

The Board meets three times a year either by teleconference or face to face meeting.

Person Specification:

The successful applicant must be a Chartered Member of the Society and a Full Member of the Division of Health Psychology; they must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Health Psychologist.

The successful applicant will also have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the processes of examinations and ideally the Qualification in Health Psychology
  • experience of examining at a postgraduate level in psychology
  • good communication skills
  • good decision making skills
  • good organisational skills
  • facilitation skills

Plus experience of:

  • Board or Committee functioning
  • Committee work involving establishing and maintaining standards on behalf of an organisation

And the following personal qualities:

  • consultative leadership style
  • attention to detail
  • ability to withstand pressure

Applying:

Applications can be made via a Statement of Interest form which is available from [email protected] or via 0116 252 9933.

Interested parties are welcome to contact the current Chair, Dr. Martin Dempster, via Sophia, for an informal discussion before they put forward their statement of interest.

Please note that this is a pro bono role, and the post holder can expect to work up to 10 days per year.

The deadline for applications is the 19th of December 2018.


Education Psychology (Scotland) - Chief Supervisor/Registrar

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.

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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