Communications and Engagement Officer (Part-time 0.8 FTE with funding for 24 months)

  • Location

    London

  • Sector:

    Education & Academia

  • Salary:

    £30,046

  • Published:

    4 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2020-11-22

  • Client:

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Background

Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realizing its vision of being a leading global university.

The mission of the Centre for Food Policy is to advance an integrated and inclusive approach to food policy that works for everyone, through education, research, and engagement with the world of food policy. The Centre is interdisciplinary and located in the School of Health Sciences, at City, University of London.

The Food Research Collaboration (FRC) is based at the Centre for Food Policy, and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Founded in 2014, it aims to catalyse change by making academic knowledge accessible to campaigners, policy-makers and entrepreneurs working for nature-friendly, healthy and equitable food systems. It sees collaboration among diverse stakeholders as a way to broker knowledge, improve understanding and overcome barriers to change in the food system. In its next phase of work, FRC will look at three key challenges – Covid-19, Brexit and climate change – and produce and communicate evidence to strengthen sustainable food systems through these turbulent times, with a focus on the needs of small and medium sized sustainable businesses in the food sector.

Responsibilities

To help meet these goals, FRC is seeking a proactive and energetic Communications and Engagement Officer, to ensure its outputs and activities reach and expand relevant audiences and achieve impact, using all media plus direct engagement.

The appointed candidate will plan, deliver and track appropriate communications and engagement activities, including maintaining the website, supervising social media, producing newsletters and publications, organising events, and helping to identify and build relationships with target audiences.

Person Specification

The successful candidate should have an undergraduate or Master’s degree relevant to food system sustainability or communications, be a clear, literate writer and communicator, and have knowledge of both communications software and sustainable food systems. Experience of running websites and social media, and producing publications, is essential. We are also looking for a candidate who can proactively engage with target audiences and develop effective dissemination strategies that are compatible with Covid restrictions.

This is an excellent post for an individual with a background in communications or journalism and a strong interest in UK food sustainability issues, who wants to stretch ‘communication’ into ‘engagement’ to help drive food systems change. It will provide opportunities to interact with a variety of stakeholders and work at the cutting edge of food policy.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development. 

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm, 22nd November 2020

The role is available from 15 November 2020, to start earlier or later by negotiation. 

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