Head of Communications & Public Affairs - Maternity Leave Cover (12-month FTC)

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm, Monday 22 August 2022

Salary: £54,000 per annum, plus excellent benefits

The British Academy – the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences – is seeking a Head of Communications and Public Affairs to lead a busy team within an integrated Communications Department. The successful candidate, who will already have senior level experience in a comparable organisation, will take responsibility for the overall management, planning and delivery of the Academy’s press and public affairs as well as playing a key role in the delivery of the overall communications strategy.

He/she will ensure effective promotion of the full range of the Academy’s growing range of activities to help build the Academy’s reach and impact and particularly for our programmes aimed at policy-makers and civil society on subjects varying from purposeful business to childhood development and the societal and cultural implications of the pandemic.

He/she will seek innovative ways of increasing public awareness of the importance and public value of our disciplines and support our research award holders in securing coverage for their work.

Due to the fixed term nature of the role, we are looking for the successful candidate to be able to start in the role by early October. Please let us know in your application if this is going to be an issue.

The Academy offers 34 days of annual holiday (not including bank holidays), excellent benefits (including a defined benefit pension scheme) and one of the best locations in London.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion statement

As a key part of our People Strategy, the British Academy is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, promoting equal opportunity, and addressing under-representation. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We will make reasonable adjustments to support applicants with a disability and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

Find out more information on the Academy’s vision and current activities.

How to apply

The recruitment pack including the job description and person specification is available below. Once you have had an opportunity to read through both documents carefully, please send a copy of your CV accompanied by a covering letter, outlining why you are particularly suited to this role and how you fulfil the criteria listed within the person specification.

Equality Data Monitoring

We are asking all applicants to complete our equality data monitoring survey. Completing this form will help us establish a better baseline for future equality, diversity and inclusion action. The information collected will be held securely and handled sensitively in line with the Academy’s data protection policy. We encourage all job applicants to complete this survey; every question has a “Prefer not to say” response option if you would rather not disclose certain details.

Download the recruitment pack

Access to the equality data monitoring survey

All applications should be e-mailed to: recruitment@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

Important to note

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm GMT Monday 22 August 2022.

All applications received after the closing date will not be reviewed.

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by the Friday 26 August 2022.

If you do not hear from us by this date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Interviews will take place on the Monday 12 September 2022.

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