09 Jul 2018

Job Opportunity- Research and Development Officer

Position:                              Full Time

Location:                            Solar House, The Brentano Suite, 915 High Road, Finchley, N12 8QJ

Work hours:                       Mon – Fri 0900-1700 Occasional out-of-hours work

Start date:                           August

Salary:                                  £21,000 per annum

Holidays:                             14 days – plus Jewish high holy days (9 days) and English bank holidays


Role description: to help research, develop and deliver the GENEius programme and support the other on-going activities of Jnetics.
About Jnetics

Jnetics is the only charity dedicated to improving the management and prevention of Jewish genetic disorders (JGDs) in the UK. Jewish people, like all ethnic groups are at increased risk of developing certain genetic conditions. It is estimated that 1 in 5 is a carrier for a severe, life- limiting recessive disorder. Though healthy themselves, these carriers risk passing on the condition to their future children.

Jnetics collaborates with the NHS to deliver carrier screening for 9 of the most severe JGDs to reduce the incidence of these devastating conditions.  Over the last year over 750 young adults have been screened through the GENEius programme and the Jnetics’ clinic has been launched at Barnet Hospital.
About the GENEius Programme

In November 2016, Jnetics is launched its flagship GENEius Programme targeted at young Jewish adults. This involves developing and delivering education about JGDs and the importance of screening to Jewish sixth formers, Jewish university students and couples going through the synagogue pre-marriage process.

With the support and endorsement from across all synagogue movements, leaders of the Jewish community and the Jewish press, the GENEius programme aims to change the mindset of the UK Jewish community so that JGD education and screening becomes standard practice as it has been for many years in other Jewish communities abroad.

For more information see: www.jnetics.org and www.geneius.org
Key areas:
GENEius Programme

  • Support the on-going delivery and evaluation of GENEius in schools
  • Lead the development and facilitate delivery of GENEius for Jewish university students
  • Continue to develop and integrate GENEius pre-marriage resources
  • Continue to develop and help disseminate our hereditary cancer resources                                              

Barnet clinic – support the on-going promotion of the Barnet Clinic and work with our NHS partners to support professional service delivery.
Communications – manage and deliver social media activities and other communications that will raise awareness and improve engagement with our GENEius and other activities.
Website – help maintain and develop the content of the Jnetics and GENEius websites to ensure they are accurate, up-to-date and engaging.
Other activities – respond to general calls/emails, use and help maintain the database, support discrete research projects and admin needs
Key tasks:
GENEius Programme

  • Working with the GENEius project manager, draft and bespoke key letters and materials; collate resources and equipment; and liaise with volunteers and schools to facilitate professional delivery of the schools’ programme
  • Help develop and manage school programme evaluation including analysis of feedback and results
  • Working with the Exec Director, develop a model and resources for effective delivery of the university programme, based on the research stage
  • Liaise with key university stakeholder organisations e.g. UJS/JSoc, Jewish Chaplaincy, JMed etc. to promote programme uptake.
  • Working with the GENEius project manager, deliver the university programme with the first target group of students including recruiting, training and managing local volunteers.
  • Monitor and evaluate university programme quality and impact.
  • Establish relationships with key personal in the different synagogue movements, and work together to ensure that engaged couples and other relevant members are aware of screening and how to access it
  • Develop the necessary resources for the pre-marriage programme and disseminate to key contacts and community agencies
  • Monitor and evaluate pre-marriage programme quality and impact.
  • Continue to research, develop and help disseminate information resources about hereditary cancer working with the BYB team
  • Create reference resources about screening opportunities both in the public and private sector.
  • Work with the BYB programme to monitor its progress and help develop resources.
  • Develop resources regarding BYB and breast cancer for the website.
  • Develop hereditary cancer leaflets/flyers (as needed in the future)
  • Support GENEius website development with the provision of content

Barnet Clinic

  • Manage participant registration process and communication including phone inquiries, follow-up emails
  • Manage clinic promotion – including contacting shuls, GPs, young adult organisations and others to organise education sessions, publishing of articles and dissemination of clinic posters and flyers.
  • Monitor promotion activities, track and evaluate service feedback


  • Collaborate on social media strategy and on-going tasks working with GENEius project manager
  • Write and upload social media posts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Monitor social media presence and identify and implement ways to increase Jnetics and GENEius profile/following
  • Help draft volunteer emails and newsletters

Jnetics website

  • On-going addition of new content reflecting Jnetics activities e.g. news and events; about us, GENEius programme related.
  • Periodic checking of site content – ensuring that it has updated expert reviews and working links
  • Periodic monitoring of google analytics to evaluate engagement
  • Help maintain the new rabbi resource section of the website
  • Help develop and maintain the hereditary cancer area of Jnetics.
  • Ensure that the Jnetics and GENEius websites are complementary – cross-reference content on sites

Other activities

  • Respond to telephone calls and email enquiries, demonstrating ability to replicate the charity’s standard responses to common queries and directing the caller to another member of staff if needed
  • Support with the transfer of data and maintenance of the database.
  • Support the Jnetics team with events
  • Support the Jnetics team/administrator with some admin needs e.g. material collation and sending, resource filing etc. related to delivery of Jnetics activities
  • Help manage volunteer communication – this mainly include volunteer recruitment for school and other events.

* These tasks represent key elements of work that we envisage this role will cover, however, the list is not fixed and may change slightly (with certain tasks added and/or delegated to other staff) as our activities and team evolves.

Person specification 



  • Strong project management experience – able to deliver agreed outcomes.
  • Ability to prioritise demanding workload
  • Working independently and as part of a team to reach set targets and achieve shared goals


  • Experience of working in/across Jewish community organisations.
  • Work in education – informal and/or formal
  • Event experience



  • Educated to degree level – preferably in genetics or biosciences


  • 2:1 or above in a genetics or biomedical science degree.

Skills and knowledge


  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to identify and build positive relations with stakeholders.
  • Strong oral and written skills to communicate, influence and persuade a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong time-management and organisational skills with the ability to manage conflicting priorities and to work flexibly.
  • Good research and presentation skills – ability to identify and review suitable resources and present key information in an accessible way to varied audiences.
  • Operational knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and relational databases – able to produce, manipulate and effectively present information to diverse audiences.


  • Experience of working with a CRM database (ideally ThankQ)
  • Ability to use social media channels e.g. Facebook and Twitter
  • Marketing experience
  • Understanding and ability to work with Jewish community / partner organisations including sensitivities with regards to religious observance.

Personal qualities


  • Able to collaborate with others within own and wider teams
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently operating under own initiative
  • Able to work with enthusiasm and creativity to address challenges
  • Able to manage multiple relationships


  • Interest in genetics and health issues in the wider Jewish community

Other requirements


  • Willing to travel throughout the UK (or as designated) with prior notice to events, meetings and workshops

To apply, email your CV and a covering letter to greg@jnetics.org