Press and Social Media Officer
Press and Social Media Officer - IRC241721
GBP24,193 per annum
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world- class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity. It supports research and postgraduate training in a wide range of subject areas, from ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content. Research into these areas helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda.
About the Role
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is currently looking for a Press and Social Media Officer to join its communications team to help deepen links with existing audiences and build links with new audiences. You'll lead on sharing content via social media channels, work with the media to promote the research the AHRC funds and help build relationships with university press offices and researchers.
The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include:
- work with the Communications Manager on delivering an ambitious media outreach strategy - building links with a target media list that links to our strategic focus.
- provide media relations support to researchers who we fund, making sure we work with them at the start of their research work in terms of building communications awareness (for the AHRC brand) and creating on-going opportunities.
- liaise with university press offices, building pro-active and mutually beneficial relationships
- monitor our social media communications on a day-to-day basis, engaging audiences about AHRC's activities, , arts and humanities research and the wider arts and culture sector.
For this role, it is essential to have a PR or communications qualification or relevant experience.
You will have an excellent standard of written English and the ability to write press releases, social media content, reports and complex correspondence as required.
You must have knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges facing research in the UK and arts and humanities in particular.
Excellent copy writing and editing skills with proven ability to translate complex stories into headline news that is accessible to a range of audiences including academics, media and the general public is essential.
You will be organised and able to prioritise and work under pressure while also having a flexible, dynamic and proactive approach.
Full job description and person specification is available through our job board.
The reward package we offer includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days' annual leave allowance plus bank holidays and 2.5 privilege days per year, and a number of other benefits.
Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd; to apply please visit our job board at our website via the button below and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role (when saving your documents please include the IRC number in the file name). If you are unable to apply online please contact us on quoting reference IRC241721.
Closing date: 23 rd July 2017
This position is subject to a pre-employment screening
The Arts and Humanities Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer