The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is a global learned society, membership organisation and network acting as a focal point for academics in the fields of geography, economics, political science and planning, and for policymakers and practitioners working in rural and urban research, development and policy.
Our methods of working are via a large, well respected publishing programme (5 journals, 2 book series, online magazine, Blog and e-bulletin); a global to local conference and events programme; territorial divisions and sections including China and Latin America; a research funding programme, and an active knowledge exchange programme. We work globally and in partnership with organisations such as the European Commission, Committee of the Regions, United Nations, UN-Habitat, World Bank, OECD, Whitehall and Westminster.
The Association has currently members in 80 countries and has seen growth and global expansion over the last few years.
There is a small and international team of six staff in Brighton, East Sussex and additional employees who work outside the main office, either on our publication programme or in the territorial divisions (e.g. in Beijing and Sydney).
The RSA also has a European Foundation called RSA Europe which is based in Brussels and delivers conferences/events and other activities mainly in the EU.
As the successful candidate you will play a pivotal role in delivering on our in-person and online global conference and events programme and will be working on large and small-scale events ensuring their efficiency and high standards. You will be expected to travel domestically and internationally as part of your work.
Why work with the Regional Studies Association?
We are a lively and diverse global community with an international reputation in academic research, regional development initiatives and policy. Our values are to be a leading and impactful community. Much of our success is down to our dedicated and professional staff team and as the successful candidate you will play an important role in supporting our community and by doing so, impact on the future of the Association and the field.
At the time of writing the RSA team are working from home but we will shortly return to the office working flexibly with some days scheduled for home working. Colleagues within the team are supportive and there is a commitment to your continuing personal and professional development in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. We have a workplace pension scheme, a bike to work scheme, a health plan and 25 days of leave plus UK bank holidays.
Previous event planning and delivery experience is desirable. You will be a highly organised team player with intercultural awareness, a customer service approach and the ability to use initiative and creativity to resolve problems. You will have high standards of numeracy and literacy and fluent and easily understood English because some of your work will be conducted by telephone and Zoom/Teams.
Interested candidates may telephone to discuss the role with Deputy Chief Executive, Daniela Carl – 07866 978418
You should submit your CV and covering letter setting out your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate, including the names of two referees one of whom should be work related and preferably your major or most recent employer.
Closing date: midnight Wednesday 15th June 2022.
Applications should be addressed to Daniela Carl, Deputy Chief Executive, Regional Studies Association, Daniela.firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be held on 7th and 8th July at the Innovation Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton.
For more details, please see the attached document.