Academic and Digital Engagement Officer

University of London - Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study at the University of London brings together nine internationally renowned research institutes to form the UK's national centre for the support of researchers and the promotion of research in the humanities. The Institute of Historical Research was founded in 1921 by A. F. Pollard and is an important resource and meeting place for researchers from all over the world.

About the role
The Academic and Digital Engagement Officer is a newly created position that will be responsible for undertaking academic-related engagement, marketing, and communications roles for the IHR.  Reporting to the Head of Digital, the postholder will act as the web editor for the IHR website ( as well as manage and develop the Institute’s blogs and social media profiles. You will play a key role in the development and management of the Institute’s institutional and public engagement strategy and lead on the promotion of major IHR research projects and publications, including British History Online and the online Bibliography of British and Irish History. The role will also be responsible for coordinating data collection for resources such as the IHR’s History Online, with a view to its development as a linked data record.

About you
We are interested in meeting experienced candidates with wide-ranging expertise in web writing, editing, and publishing, as well as experience of social media management and communication strategy development, from within a UK/US historical environment. Importantly, you will have a proven understanding of aspects of British history and its sources, coupled with understanding of the key interests, themes, and challenges facing historical researches and academics today. Technically adept, you will demonstrate sound working knowledge of HTML, coupled with previous experience using content management systems (i.e. Drupal). Finally, sound communication skills and the ability to communicate complex academic topics to diverse and non-specialist audiences is critical to your success in this role.

For a full Person Specification please refer to the Job Description below.

Further Information 
If you believe you have the right experience and skills to bring to the team then we want to hear from you. Click ‘Apply’ below to upload your cover letter and CV.

Applications close midnight Sunday, 22 October 2017. Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing 6 November.

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