Head of Events

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm Monday 3 October 2022.

£54,000 (full-time/permanent role) + excellent benefits

The British Academy – the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences - is seeking a Head of Events to join the leadership team of an integrated Communications and Marketing department and drive the organisation’s events strategy and delivery.

The role

The Head of Events will lead the strategy, management and delivery of the British Academy’s programme of events, prizes and medals. This role holder will ensure that all events are delivered to a high standard, partnerships are stewarded effectively and develop a high performing team of staff members. The Head of Events will also act as a source of expertise and advice and setting standards and providing advice to other departments hosting events. The Head will lead a highly performing team of events professionals and contribute to the strategic development of the Academy’s Communications and Marketing as a member of the directorate leadership team. You will be joining at a time of exciting change, with construction about to begin on brand-new events spaces at our home on Carlton House Terrace. You will be instrumental in defining the opening and ongoing programme for this new development.

You will be someone who thrives on delivering live events, whether in-person or online, and has an audience-first approach to programming, reflecting the latest trends and insights to ensure the Academy events are effective and of the highest quality. You will be experienced in managing and developing people, whether directly managing staff or leading on a task or dotted line basis. A core part of this role is working in partnership with teams across the organisation, and so we are looking for someone who is collegiate, flexible and understands how to build positive working relationships across a diverse range of skillsets and experiences. Externally, you will develop and nurture partnerships with a wide range of external organisations in order to deliver our strategic goals.

About the Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, established by Royal Charter in 1902. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future. Today’s complex challenges can only be resolved by deepening our insight into people, culture, and societies. With a Fellowship of around 1,400 leading national and international academics, the Academy invests in researchers and projects across the UK and overseas; engages the public with fresh thinking and debates; and brings together scholars, government, business, and civil society to influence policy.

The Academy currently has five directorates: Communications & Marketing; Development; Policy; Research; and Resources, plus a small Governance & Fellowship Team. We have increased staffing in the last 12 months and expect to continue to grow this year.

Working at the Academy

Our senior management team have worked with staff to foster a culture of collaboration, respect, and empathy, in which all contributions are recognised as we work towards our common goals. Our people strategy and working practices focus on building strengths and sharing insights, with learning & development, wellbeing, and equality, diversity & inclusion at the centre of how we operate as an organisation. Investing in our staff and encouraging a healthy work/life balance is central to our success, as we move forward and continue to grow. Find out more about the British Academy, including our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

Terms and conditions

The British Academy is based at 10-11, Carlton House Terrace, St James Park, London, SW1 – a Grade 1 listed building. We offer a competitive benefits package including a 35-hour working week, with hours and location worked flexibly under our hybrid-working policy; 34 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays; and a defined benefit occupational pension.

How to apply

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, in line with our commitment to create a diverse and inclusive working environment, promote equal opportunity, and address under-representation. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

To apply, and to see the full job description and our workplace values, please follow the link to access the Applied recruitment platform.

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Applications must be received no later than 1200 noon on Monday, 3 October 2022.

Please contact the HR team at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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