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|John Innes Centre
JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.
The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN charter recognizes and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). JIC was the first research institute to win a Silver Award. For more information, go to https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
|Job Title||Communications & Engagement Officer|
|Closing Date||15 Jun 2017|
|Starting Salary||£30,750 - £37,750|
|Hours per week
|Main purpose of the job
||* To communicate to John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory science to target segments of the UK public and identified stakeholders, through events, online activities and articles.|
* To contribute to science communication and engagement strategies that ensure the institutes research is continuously informed by society's hopes, concerns and aspirations for science; and raises awareness and understanding, among senior stakeholders and the public of the institutes' strategic objectives.
* To advise and deliver opportunities that motivate staff to engage with and deliver institute (and funders') objectives in this area.
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||The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory are ranked as the world's strongest research organisations in the animal or plant sciences, as measured by the impact of their research outputs. Some of the world's very best scientists come together in Norwich to undertake ground-breaking and world-changing research in plant and microbial sciences.|
Applications are sought for a part-time Communications and Engagement Officer for these two co-located institutes.
The Communications and Engagement Officer will be responsible for communicating the institutes’ science to target segments of the UK public and identified stakeholders, through events, online activities and articles. An important objective will be to ensure the institutes’ research is continuously informed by society’s hopes, concerns and aspirations for science. The successful applicant will possess exceptional communication skills and an ability to engage a wide range of potential interlocutors. They will also have a strong track record in scientific public engagement activities.
This part-time post offers the opportunity to work with two institutes at the top of their scientific field and to have an impact on their future. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We are equal opportunity employers and actively support inclusivity and diversity. Interviews will be held on 28 June 2017.
||Internal: All staff at JIC and TSL, including scientists, the Director, the Head of Communications & Engagement, the Director of International Strategy and the Head of Business Development.|
External: RCUK, BBSRC, Gatsby Foundation, UEA, the Norwich Research Park, other educational bodies and scientific institutions, the public, and the science communication community.
|Main Activities & Responsibilities||Percentage|
|Identify and develop the range of outreach and engagement activities and opportunities.||15|
|Seek innovative ways in which to develop the institutes' outreach activities, including digital options and events.||15|
|Identify and develop engagement activities to support delivery of ISP pathways to impact||10|
|Monitor research on UK public attitudes to science and on specific issues (e.g. GM and gene editing technologies) and work with the Head of Communications and Engagement to ensure the institutes' engage effectively to inform public discourse on biotechnology and to be informed by public opinion and expectation.||10|
|Represent JIC and TSL at local, regional and national events. Ensure written, digital and verbal engagement reflect JIC and TSL brand values and takes into account principles of equality and diversity.||5|
|Make new links with stakeholders and respond to requests from external enquirers - advise on proactive visit invitations.||5|
|Liaise with peer and partner organisations providing support for external organisations/campaigns to achieve mutual engagement objectives as appropriate.||5|
|Supervise and support development of creative, interactive materials for science communication events and outreach activities at local, national and international level.||5|
|Support and coach speakers and volunteers through participation public engagement and outreach events and activities||5|
|Evaluate and report on impact of public engagement and outreach activities||5|
|Ensure the C&E team-lead engagement activities align with the institutes' communications and engagement strategies, are targeted at priority stakeholders and deliver identified objectives.||5|
|Maintain a calendar of C&E team-led activities and outcomes and track investment (time and cost)||5|
|Work closely with colleagues in the Communications and Engagement team using project management tools and techniques to deliver the communication and engagement strategies of both institutes.||5|
|Use internal communications channels and events to drive employee engagement to meet the institutes' strategic objectives.||5|
|As agreed with the line manager any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post. ||
|Education & Qualifications||Requirement||Importance|
|Education to degree level or equivalent||Essential|
|Qualification in a communications discipline or equivalent||Desirable|
|Bio or life science background||Desirable|
|Project management qualification or equivalent||Desirable||
|Specialist Knowledge & Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Knowledge of science communication and public engagement||Essential|
|Specialist knowledge in the area of communications||Essential|
|Excellent budget and time management skills||Essential|
|A broad theoretical and practical knowledge across the communications portfolio||Desirable||
|Project management expertise with a proven track record of delivering complex projects to deadline||Essential|
|Substantial experience in a similiar role, with experience of working with a range of high level stakeholders, ||Essential|
|Experience in influencing and persuading senior members of staff||Essential|
|Experience of managing complex stakeholder relationships and communicating sensitive or complex issues to a variety of audiences||Essential|
|Experience of delivering engaging and effective internal communications and events||Essential|
|Experience of managing issues under pressure||Essential|
|Experience of working effectively in a small team with diverse skills||Essential||
|Interpersonal & Communication Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Excellent writing and communication skills with a high level of attention to detail||Essential|
|Ability to process complex information and present targeted messages to different audiences||Essential|
|Promote quality approaches making others aware of the impact of quality||Essential|
|Highly organised, priorities own workload and manages own time effectively||Essential|
|Ability to work as part of a team and establish and maintain good working relationships||Essential|
|Interacts enthusiastically with science leads||Essential|
|Appraise, interpret and apply suggestions, recommendations and directives to improve services||Desirable||
|Promotes equality and values diversity||Essential|
|Provide professional public engagement support out of working hours when needed||Essential|
|Takes responsibility for meeting own development needs||Essential||