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Association Manager (SSSR)

Salary:   £27,929 to £34,308
Closing Date:   Monday 28 November 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1122-22

We are looking for a highly motivated Association Manager to support the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR). 

SSSR was founded in 1993. The current President, Prof Kate Cain, is located at Lancaster University in the Department of Psychology. The Association Manager will provide leadership and co-ordination in the administration of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), and to manage the interactions with the membership through the committee procedures, adhering to the bylaws of the Society, as well as wider engagement with the global community of users of research. The post-holder will liaise with the Executive Board (Vice President, President Elect, President, and Past President) and Elected Officers of the Society, primarily through the President (currently based at Lancaster University) to meet its objectives. The Association Manager duties include: (1) ongoing support for the society committees (currently Awards, Membership, and Publications), the SSSR Treasurer, and the Executive Board meetings; (2) management of the society website and social media accounts; (3) the organization and co-ordination of an international conference (350-700 delegates) each year, including management of the paper submission and review process, programme schedule, online conference app, registration etc.; and (4) supporting the leadership to undertake a strategic review and restructure of committees, revise of bylaws, and develop and implement communications plan.


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: 

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • high attention to detail
  • proven organisational skills 
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines 
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Experience of working with administration, communications, or event planning would be an advantage.


  • Generous holiday leave - 25 days (pro-rata) annual leave plus University closure days and bank holidays.
  • Access to employee pension scheme, and annual flexible benefits scheme.
  • We are committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across the Faculty, and supporting family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.  

The Psychology Department is a busy teaching and research active Department.   It is home to a friendly group of over 40 Academic staff, with teams of Research and Professional Services and Technical staff.  The Department supports a large cohort of Undergraduate students; a thriving group of Masters and Postgraduate research students; and a wide range of research projects including several cross-institution grants. 

Further information about the Department is available at:

Please upload a cover letter with your application.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups, and for this full-time post, we expect a start date no later than 2 January 2023.

The post is funded by the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. The post is indefinite, subject to funding, which is currently availably only until December 2024. 

Informal enquiries to Kate Cain (President, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading)

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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