Press and Public Affairs Assistant

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Salary: £23,750 per annum, plus excellent benefits

The Communications and Marketing Directorate is responsible for raising the profile of the Academy among a wide range of audiences. The Directorate is organised into four small teams but is a collaborative and integrated team working closely together on all aspects of our work. The four teams are; Digital, Brand and Marketing, Events, News and Public Affairs and Publishing.

The News and Public Affairs Team manages the British Academy’s profile and relationships with people of influence in politics and the media, making sure that these people understand the organisation’s purpose and ambitions. The team coordinates engagement across the Academy’s diverse teams and policy portfolios, providing strategic communications advice and leading on forward planning and horizon scanning.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Press and Public Affairs Assistant who will contribute to the work of the British Academy’s News and Public Affairs team, supporting the Deputy Head of Public Affairs, and helping to build the Academy’s profile and increase public awareness of the value and importance of humanities and social science research.

The role‐holder will assist with the day‐to‐day running of the British Academy’s News and Public Affairs work, helping to increase awareness of the Academy’s work among policy, parliamentary and media stakeholders, build the Academy’s profile and increase public awareness of the value of the humanities and social sciences.

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 disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

You can find 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:

Important to note

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm (GMT) Tuesday 21 September 2021.

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

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by Thursday 30 September 2021

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 Thursday 7 October 2021.

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