Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31 January 2017
Interview Date: 6 February 2017
BBSRC’s Communications and Engagement Team (CET) works to secure and maintain the best possible environment for the UK bioscience community to undertake research and to realise the potential of bioscience to deliver economic growth, wellbeing and improved quality of life in the UK and beyond.
CET leads BBSRC programmes to raise awareness of BBSRC, BBSRC research, its impact and relevance with the aim of creating advocates and supporters. It owns strategies to build and maintain trust with stakeholders by being open, transparent and by considering a diversity of views in strategic decision making.
The team works across projects and campaigns to deliver communications and engagement objectives using integrated campaign approaches employing media, social media, public affairs, digital communications, events, content development, stakeholder management and advocacy, public engagement and audience insight.
CET staff work closely with the other Research Councils as part of the Research Councils Communications and Engagement Group and with partners such as BBSRC strategically funded institutes, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, strategic partner universities, charities and industry.
The team has been independently assessed through a Government Communications Service review as high-performing.
The focus of this role is to:
- identify research and write media releases, and create social media content, features and other placed articles as part of a self-managed programme of proactive communications activity
- contribute to normal newsroom and social media channel cover, with flexibility for extraordinary reactive media office cover as required. Take responsibility, in discussion with colleagues, for responding to media requests and delivering a high quality reactive service
- develop or manage the delivery of appropriate and supportive content in support of integrated communications plans, for example use of social media, visuals, animation, video and, in discussion with colleagues, consider opportunities for utilising alternative channels and platforms
- deliver a bespoke media training programme for the BBSRC research community, including providing personalised advice
- contribute proactively to wider Research Councils UK (RCUK) group activities and work streams – including the RCUK News Planning Group
- gather news for, edit and manage BBSRC’s monthly e-news
- work in a supportive, collaborative and integrated manner with colleagues to ensure integrated communications campaigns including a digital element
- contribute to evaluation programmes and take responsibility for evaluating own programmes of work.
Further details of the Council’s activities can be found on the BBSRC website
Underlying these aims is our belief in valuing the diversity of our employees and stakeholders in the scientific community. We are committed to eliminating unjustified discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and good relations across and between equality groups. BBSRC strives to make decisions based on individual merit and ability and does not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender reassignment or on other grounds that cannot be justified.
Please submit your CV (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded) detailing your educational and professional background and a covering letter (no more than two pages) outlining how your experience meets the criteria described within this advertisement, coupled with your reasons for applying to BBSRC.
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