Public Engagement Officer

University of London - Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study

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 Public Engagement Officer is a new role responsible for coordinating and delivering the volunteer and learning programmes of the HLF-funded Layers of London project, based at the Institute of Historical Research. This key post will play a major role in the delivery phase of the project, determining its success as a large, metropolitan, heritage-related public engagement platform, and ensuring broad and diverse engagement with Londoners of different ages and walks of life. It will involve developing systems that optimise the use of available project resources in order to maximise engagement with this digital heritage project.

The post holder will work as a member of a team that includes the Project Manager, the Project Administrator, the Volunteer Coordinator and other colleagues from the Centre for Metropolitan History, overseen by the Project Director. Other professional relationships will include working with the appointed website development agency and colleagues from London Metropolitan Archives, Museum of London Archaeology, The National Archives, and Historic England. 

This is a full-time fixed-term appointment for 30 months.

About you
As the successful candidate, you will bring to this role demonstrated experience of initiating, planning, developing, implementing and evaluating public engagement initiatives.  A confident communicator, you excel in environments where you are responsible for networking and establishing successful partnerships, in order to lead on the promotion of high-profile projects to a wide range of audiences.  Demonstrated experience of crowdsourcing and recruitment of project volunteers is essential in this role.  Proven experience of public engagement work in the heritage sector is advantageous.

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

Further Information
If you want to make a valuable contribution to the Institute of Historical Research in this unique role then we want to hear from you.  Click ‘Apply’ below to submit your cover letter and CV online.

Applications close midnight, Tuesday 7 November 2017.  Interviews are expected to take place the week commencing 13 November 2017.

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