Learning Manager

Organisation: Dynamic Earth

Salary: c 30000

Location: Edinburgh


The Learning Manager is an important and high-profile role within Dynamic Earth and we are looking for an enthusiastic and confident individual who will be able to lead a team of highly competent staff and deliver an outstanding science learning service.

This post is a full time, permanent position. Core working hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:30, with occasional weekend and evening work required.

The salary is c. £30,000 pa but a higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate.


Reporting to the Scientific Director, the Learning Manager manages the content, delivery and strategic direction of Dynamic Earth’s formal science learning provision for schools as well as wider activity of the Science Learning Team that includes engagement work with community participants and public audiences both on-site (indoors and outdoors) and via outreach. They are responsible for a team of staff including two Senior Learning Officers, Learning Officer, Community Learning Officer and Online Learning Coordinator. In addition, they have responsibility for children’s club, summer schools and placement staff.

They are responsible for meeting school engagement targets, managing Learning Service budgets and ensuring that the learning strategy, school workshop choices, CLPL provision and other aspects of the Learning Service meet the needs of schools and wider audiences in the context of Curriculum for Excellence, local and national policies, and societal priorities. In conjunction with the Scientific Director, they are responsible for providing a diverse and exciting science learning programme with materials that are updated on a regular basis in line with curriculum changes, emerging educational and cultural priorities, and current scientific thinking.

They oversee the Scottish Government community subsidy as well as contributing to development of a wider strategy for engaging community audiences and systemically overlooked groups, as delivered by all members of the Learning Team, led by the Community Learning Officer. They coordinate and deliver Dynamic Earth’s role in the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy; representing Dynamic Earth at strategy meetings, developing and delivering projects which align with strategic objectives. In addition, they are responsible for managing and/or contributing to a variety of educational initiatives such as promotion and development of outdoor learning, a careers programme, holiday club provisions, uniform group sleepovers and improved scientific communication across Dynamic Earth’s engagement programmes and visitor experience.


• Contribute to and implement a strategy for the Learning Service developed in collaboration with the Scientific Director and approved by Board and Directors. This should align with current national policies and cultural priorities and be aligned with EDI best practice.
• Manage delivery of a wide-ranging science learning programme supported by the Scientific Director and the staff of the Learning Team to include school workshops, teacher CLPL, careers events, holiday clubs, other special events and outreach.
• Coordinate and direct the development of activities and education materials relevant to various strands of the Learning Service in line with the Curriculum for Excellence as needed,
• Manage the staff of the Learning Team (including temporary holiday club staff, Dino’s staff and placement students/volunteers with the assistance of HR); identify training opportunities, manage annual leave and undertake annual appraisals. Manage the recruitment and training of new Learning Team staff as required.
• Pursue collaborative initiatives which position Dynamic Earth as a leader in science education provision and develop and extend strong working relations with external organisations in the education and academic sector.
• Oversee and contribute to delivering the Scottish Government community subsidy and contribute to development of a wider strategy for engaging community audiences and under-served groups, working closely with the Community Learning Officer.
• Assist with managing delivery of formal/informal outreach activities in conjunction with the Science Engagement Officer and other Learning Team staff for both local and remote/rural locations.
• Support fundraising activity and participate in grant applications and delivery of funded initiatives.
• Manage the facilities of the Learning Department comprising three classrooms, education resources and equipment (with assistance from the Facilities Team and Learning Team).
• Responsible for overseeing and implementing appropriate company-wide safeguarding procedures for children and vulnerable adults in collaboration with HR.
• Ensuring any Health and Safety matters in relation to learning activity are properly planned and accounted for.
• Ensure timely and effective internal communication and schedule/chair regular team meetings.
• Contribute to setting targets and goals for the Learning Programme in collaboration with the Director team and ensure these are suitably ambitious, workable and delivered effectively by the Learning Team.
• Liaise with other departments across Dynamic Earth to ensure Learning Team activities are effectively supported by Marketing, Visitor Services, Finance, Facilities, Technical and others.
• Contribute to effective marketing of the Learning Service by preparing and managing a timetable of justified activities such as brochure production, newsletter mail out, conferences etc in conjunction with the Marketing team. Review website content relating to Learning Team activity and providing regular updates to Marketing Team.
• Recording and reporting: ensure engagement numbers are effectively recorded across Learning Team activity by working with the relevant Dynamic Earth staff (e.g. Group Booking Officers); report on Learning Team activity throughout the year as required for DECT Board papers, Management reports, an Annual Review, and Schedule 5 and 6 Scottish Government reports.
• Manage effective evaluation of Learning Service activity, 6 monthly independent evaluation of the formal service for schools currently undertaken by Glamis Consultancy.
• Manage Learning resources budget, contribute to Dino’s budget with the help of the Senior Learning Officer and review the Learning marketing budget alongside the Marketing Director.
• Take a lead role in public relations related to Learning Team activity and liaison with teachers.
• Any other tasks as required.

Person Specification:

To apply, you should be able to demonstrate your relevant educational, professional, and any other experience as it relates to the role summary and main duties. Please also refer to the desired qualifications and personal attributes below of which you should meet as many as possible:

Experience and Qualifications:

• Educated to degree level, preferably in a STEM related discipline but this is not essential.
• Experience of managing delivery of a range of informal STEM learning activities.
• Working knowledge of the needs of service users i.e. teachers, school pupils, community audiences, families in a variety of science learning contexts.
• Knowledge and understanding of relevant local and national policies and priorities
• Experience of project management and partnership working.
• Experience of managing and supporting staff and/or volunteers.
• Knowledge of risk assessment and health and safety processes
• Experience of developing and maintaining safeguarding policies and procedures.
• Confident leading learning outdoors.

Personal Attributes:

• A confident manager with the ability to inspire your team.
• A confident communicator with the ability to relate to a wide range of people.
• Able to bring creativity to the role.
• Able to work to deadlines and under occasional time pressures.
• Ability to manage a varied and complex workload and be able to problem solve.
• Possess a keen interest in the connections between science and society.
• Display an understanding of Dynamic Earth’s mission and the activities that support this.

Dynamic Earth Employment Benefits

• Limited complimentary entry to Dynamic Earth for family and friends
• Free staff car-parking
• 25% Discount in the Natural Selection Gift Shop
• Subsidised meals from the Food Chain Café
• Free entry to ASVA member Visitor attractions (subject to conditions)
• Limited Gym Membership at MacDonald Holyrood Hotel
• Staff Canteen (complimentary tea, coffee, bread)
• Matched company pension contribution of 5%
• Life assurance benefit of 4 times annual salary
• Critical Illness cover
• Confidential advice-line through Health Assured
• Annual leave entitlement of 34 days (including public holidays).
• Free entry to ASVA member Visitor attractions (subject to conditions)

Please apply with your CV (2 pages) and a covering letter (1-2 pages) explaining why you feel you are a good fit for the role.
Please send both documents as pdfs attached to an email to:
Dr Hermione Cockburn,
Deadline for applications is Monday 12th July 2021, but we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Monday 12/07/2021