Media and Outreach Officer

Job description

Can you help us build a cleaner, greener, fairer future for all? The Grantham Institute is looking for a dedicated person to promote our work to the media and deliver programmes that engage people with Imperial research on climate change and the environment.

You will join our communication team to enthusiastically find opportunities to engage the media and be the first point of call for journalists' enquiries, influencing debate and helping to communicate helpful narratives around climate change understanding and action. You will help to craft and deliver programmes that engage diverse audiences with our campaign objectives, working with the Media and Events Officer, Communications Manager, and Director of Policy and Translation.

Grantham Institute is a supportive and considerate community and open to different ways of working. We want to remove the barriers that some applicants face, so you are invited to discuss the role with us informally to find out if it’s for you, and if you are unsure how to approach your application before you submit it, please contact us for assistance. Any candidates who declare a disability and meet the Essential criteria will be invited to interview.

 

Duties and responsibilities

Current projects include engaging communities living around Imperial’s White City Campus with solutions to local air pollution, and developing the Grantham Art Prize for 2020-21, a collaborative art-science competition that commissions and exhibits works of fine art that reflect on the subject of climate change.

We particularly want to hear from you if you can bring experience of working with local communities and underserved audience groups. A key part of this role will be building connections and being the driving force behind collaborations between Imperial’s research on climate change and local residents and groups around our White City Campus.

 

Essential requirements

Interest in climate change and the environment, and the culture sector

  • Experience delivering of a wide range of communications projects, including media relations, outreach and engagement with research

  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team, such as working flexibly, assisting colleagues and adapting to new ways of working

  • Creative thinking and problem solving 

  • Ability to grasp and understand scientific or technical concepts

 

Further information

The College cannot normally apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UKVI’s Points Based System. Any candidate, who is considering applying for this position and requires sponsorship, must ensure that they are able to obtain permission to work in the UK through an appropriate immigration route.

Interviews will be held w/c 19 October 2020.

We will meet (on Teams) all suitable candidates for an interview with questions designed to understand how you meet the essential criteria. We will ask you to present an outreach/engagement activity that you have devised prior to the interview, based on a brief that we provide, and we will assess your writing skills in a timed exercise.

 

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Imperial College London is a place where talented people bring their best ideas and hard work to address many of the great challenges in the world. In order to be at the forefront of this effort, we must draw upon the talents of staff and students from all backgrounds and from all over the world. We are an inclusive workplace, seeking out the creative vigour of diversity by being open to all people, whatever their background, experience or identity. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. Please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to find out how we are working to ensure that Imperial fulfils its mission to achieve enduring excellence in research and teaching for the benefit of society.