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Lightyear Foundation

Lightyear Foundation

Lightyear Foundation

Lightyear Foundation is a charity devoted to changing public perceptions about science and encouraging young people to be curious about the world around them.


London, United Kingdom

1 May 2013

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Compensation details:
£45,000pa, pro rata at 1 day / week

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Chief Executive Officer, Lightyear Foundation

WLTM creative, scientific communicator to drive organisational change and development for one of London's foremost and fastest growing NGOs...

London, United Kingdom

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Compensation details:
£45,000pa, pro rata at 1 day / week

Job Type:
Senior Level
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Business Development
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Lightyear Foundation is a registered charity which aims to improve the understanding of science amongst children, principally in developing countries. It works to bring science to life through delivering lively practical science sessions, using cheap, locally-sourced materials, in schools and teacher training institutes.

In our 3 years of operation we have grown significantly from a tiny group of like-minded scientists to a small but professional charity with many regular volunteers and participants. In October 2012 we took 16 volunteers to Ghana and reached over 3000 students and 200 teachers with practical science classes over a two-week period. Our approach is very successful and the demand for our services is far greater than our ability to supply them. Our volunteers are mostly young scientists chosen for their ability to communicate their knowledge and passion for their subject.

For the next stage in our evolution the Board of Trustees has recognised that we cannot continue to meet the demand for our existing services, nor develop new offerings, as a volunteer-only organisation. Whilst the bulk of our work will always be done by volunteers, we need a small nucleus of paid management and administration staff. As a first step we are seeking to appoint a Chief Executive to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the organisation, definition and delegation of tasks, fundraising, and working with the Executive (10 members) and Board (6 members) to develop our long term strategy.

The appointment will be part time (we expect ca 1 day per week) and for an initial period of 6 months. During that time the CEO is expected to generate sufficient additional income for the organisation to fund further contracts, both for their own salary and those of other part-time staff members.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Hands-on Management
  • Overseeing the planning and execution of field trips (“Roadshows”) in developing countries. You will be expected to participate on at least one per year.
  • Ensuring a steady supply of new activities for the Roadshows to demonstrate low-cost practical science in action.
  • Continuing our thought leadership at the nexus of low-cost practical science and the role of science in development
  • Ensuring we are represented at UK science events to promote ourselves, recruit new volunteers, and instil our message in adults and children in the UK
  • Ensuring our presence on the web and social media stays up to date and relevant.

  • Overseeing all financial aspects of the organisation, including delivering the charity’s AGM
  • Seeking out new sources of funding and ensuring the continuation of existing income streams, through timely and accurate donor reporting, activity evaluation, etc

Strategy and development
  • Working with the Board to develop the strategic direction of the organisation, including continually evaluating existing processes and bringing new ideas to fruition
  • Ensuring a continuing supply of new volunteers, bringing in new
  • skillsets, delegating and triaging work to meet these new goals
  • This could include developing our offerings:
  • o In new countries
  • o With new methods of delivery (such as franchising our activities
  • to suitable partner organisations)
  • o Or into completely new activities in keeping with our aims

  • Have proven experience in management of staff (ideally volunteers), with an ability to delegate effectively, communicate concisely and rally teams
  • Have the ability to step back and evaluate the effectiveness of any aspect of an organisation
  • Have proven experience in successful networking and fundraising for organisations
  • Are flexible with your time – our team are all volunteers with full time jobs, so meetings often happen in the evenings or at weekends
  • Are based in or near London, or are able to meet in London on a regular basis
  • Have a passion for science and education – but first and foremost are a motivational and inspirational manager
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