• Public Engagement Officer

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(01/11/2018 17:19)
    Job ID
    Marketing and Public Engagement
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £29,376.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The public engagement team deliver a programme of activities to inspire and enthuse the public about science, including book prizes, festivals, our flagship Summer Science Exhibition, and regional and cultural events. Alongside this, the team plays an important role advocating public engagement as an integral part of research culture, and run training and grant schemes to support researchers taking part in public engagement.

    The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Public Engagement Manager and will work closely with fellow members of the marketing and public engagement team, and across multiple internal and external partners to develop and build their projects.
    The Royal Society is dedicated to recognising, promoting, and supporting excellence in science, and encouraging the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

    The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

    To apply, please submit a CV and a covering letter, of no more than one page of A4 paper, outlining the following:

    • Why you would like to work for the Royal Society
    • Why this role specifically appeals to you
    • How your background and skills are suited to this role

    Applications that do not follow this guidance will not be progressed.


    Reports to: Assistant Public Engagement Manager

    Line manages: None

    Location: Carlton House Terrace, London

    Hours: 35 hours per week (including some evening and weekend working)

    Pay band: C

    Salary: £29,376 per annum, plus unconsolidated allowance of £2,000 per annum



    The closing date for applications is 23 November 2018.
    Interviews will be held on 6 and 11 December 2018.



    The work of the Public Engagement Officer will include:


    • Taking responsibility for the delivery of allocated parts of the public engagement programme, maximising their success and ensuring they are delivered to time and to budget. This may include all aspects of events management, from conception to completion
    • Working with the Assistant Public Engagement Manager to develop and implement plans for the future of the Meet the Scientists programme, undertaking research and providing guidance to inform its direction.
    • Managing project budgets within their remit, ensuring they are kept within the agreed limit and that expenditure is documented clearly, and feeding information into the team budget processes.
    • Developing and implementing communications, marketing and stewardship strategies that meet the needs of their audiences and maximise the effectiveness of their associated projects.
    • Writing a variety of materials for use in digital marketing, printed advertising and internal documentation and reporting.
    • Drafting a range of written materials for speakers and for internal reporting
    • Using appropriate evaluation methods to produce accurate, clear reports for key stakeholders.
    • Liaising with a variety of service providers, internal and external, e.g. digital marketing, design services, event venues and freelancers.
    • Administering some selection processes, including procurement activities and call for proposals for specific events or activities
    • Sharing experience and ideas with others in the section and the Society, and contributing broadly to the Royal Society’s mission and priorities.
    • Planning and developing additional projects, as agreed with the Assistant Public Engagement Manager.


    Key Knowledge and Skills Required

    Education / qualifications / knowledge / interests

    • Evidenced interest and knowledge of science, mathematics, technology and its broader social significance - Highly desirable
    • Excellent knowledge of office systems and procedures, including computer skills in Microsoft Office - Essential
    • Working knowledge of communications and marketing practices - Highly desirable
    • Knowledge of the importance of public engagement and activities within UK Higher education - Desirable


    • Experience of working in a team environment - Essential
    • Experience of project management - Essential
    • Experience of event management - Essential
    • Experience of identifying and targeting a variety of audiences - Essential
    • Experience of implementing communication and marketing strategies - Highly Desirable
    • Experience of managing contractors working on outsourced projects - Desirable
    • Experience of establishing and maintaining a network of contacts - Desirable
    • Experience of producing promotional material for a variety of media - Desirable
    • Experience of writing for a variety of audiences - Desirable
    • Experience of project evaluation - Desirable
    • Experience of managing a budget - Desirable 
    • Experience of administering selection processes, for example for grants or awards - Desirable


    • Able to be flexible about working hours, including working evenings and weekends on occasion, and travel across the UK - Essential



    • Works unsupervised and can motivate self
    • Produces results under pressure
    • Can manage in stressful situations
    • Pushes for the best results

    Working with others 

    • Contributes ideas and identifies opportunities to work with others both within the team and across the organisation
    • Willing to provide feedback to sectional colleagues when requested
    • Produces succinct presentations and papers for senior colleagues
    • Understands when to seek senior advice on potentially delicate negotiations

    Resource management

    • Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society
    • Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors
    • Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets.
    • Focuses on both short and long-term goals

    Critical thinking

    • Determines and clarifies the exact requirements of any situation
    • Checks information for accuracy and raises concerns if information is inaccurate
    • Extracts the key points succinctly, clearly and accurately
    • Puts forward suggestions for improvement concerning current processes or systems
    • Tries different ways of doing things to get the best results


    • Overcomes obstacles and is not deterred by setbacks; checks assumptions and first principles and works out alternative approaches
    • Reacts proactively to new challenges and works in a flexible manner to produce solutions
    • Provides feedback and participates in discussions surrounding new ideas approaches or projects

    Managing people and relationships

    • Delegates effectively, setting clear expectations and authority
    • Monitors results and feedbacks to team on a regular basis
    • Recognises others’ contributions and acknowledges their limits
    • Helps others to identify ways to improve their performance
    • Prioritises supervisory responsibilities and carries them out in a timely fashion
    • Understands and can identify client/stakeholder/staff needs and looks for opportunities to improve their experiences


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