We are looking for a creative, hardworking and flexible engagement professional to join the School of Advanced Study's Public Engagement team on a 2 year fixed term contract. The role represents an excellent opportunity for a candidate looking to build experience in marketing and communications in both the HE and arts sectors. Liaising with both cultural and HE partners at the university and across the UK, you will help us to coordinate and promote activities such as our flagship Being Human festival, and support internal and external communications across a number of public engagement projects run by the School of Advanced Study.
Public Engagement at the School of Advanced Study, University of London
Our Public Engagement Officer (Projects and Communications) will be a key member of our small and friendly Public Engagement team, based in Senate House, central London. The appointee will assist the team in ensuring the visibility and impact of our public engagement programme, including our flagship Being Human festival. The role also supports internal and external communications across a number of public engagement projects run by the School of Advanced Study, including training activities, short courses and one off events.
The School of Advanced Study, University of London is the UK's national centre for the promotion and facilitation of humanities research. Public engagement is an important part of its mission, and is supported by a central team across the School's nine research institutes as well as nationally via the Being Human festival. We run training programmes for researchers, organise showcase events, and promote and support activities across a range of digital platforms including blogs and social media.
Being Human festival
Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Established in 2014, it provides a forum for people to engage with research taking place in the humanities across the UK. From art history to classics, history, languages, literature, philosophy and more—the festival takes cutting-edge research and presents it in ways that are unusual, accessible, vibrant and fun. The Public Engagement Officer will assist on aspects of the festival’s delivery including (but not limited to):
- Acting as a liaison point with festival partners across the country via telephone and email.
- Producing content for social media and digital marketing (including opportunities to input creative ideas, basic design work and opportunities to input on strategy).
- Assistance with general festival administration and other marketing and communications duties as needed.
The role represents an excellent opportunity for a candidate looking for a next career step in public engagement/communication in both the HE and arts sectors. Liaising with both cultural and HE partners across the UK, you will gain a unique insight into coordinating and marketing large events and will develop skills essential to working across sectors.
You will be:
- Enthusiastic, committed and conscientious – with good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Able to work flexibly and creatively within a small team to respond to short and sometimes challenging deadlines.
- Independently motivated and hardworking, with a keen eye for detail.
- Experienced in using social media platforms and WordPress.
Although not essential, the festival’s strong focus on research in the humanities means that the role would suit a candidate with a background in and/or enthusiasm for, this subject area.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please submit an application before the closing date at midnight on Monday 18 March 2019.
Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 29 March 2019 and candidates are advised to have availability on this day.
Pursing excellence in education and equal opportunities.