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Communications and Events Officer, UKICE

London (Greater)
£37,332 - £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Professional Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

About the role:

A fantastic opportunity to join UK in a Changing Europe’s friendly communications team for the final portion of this award-winning think tank’s current three-year grant. The fixed-term role involves planning, promoting, and delivering UKICE’s range of online and in-person events, including (among others) our regular panel events and our in-conversation series with high profile guests from the UK politics scene. Our events attract hundreds of attendees, and recordings and clips can attract thousands more views on YouTube. We are looking for someone who is building a career in the world of academic, political, or public policy events. Experience of event organisation, multi-tasking, and the ability to reach out to secure speakers enthusiastically and confidently and find new audiences will be key. With a general election on the horizon, this is an especially exciting period for UKICE.  

About UK in a Changing Europe:

UK in a Changing Europe is an academic think tank providing impartial, research-based analysis of the critical issues facing the UK. We are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and hosted by King’s College London’s Policy Institute. Led by Professor Anand Menon, UKICE promotes quality, timely and accessible social science research. We provide a platform allowing academics across the UK and beyond to ensure their research reaches a wider audience. Our work explores the numerous domestic challenges confronting the UK, its evolving relationship with the European Union, and its place in the world. 

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 30th April 2025. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Producing and implementing strategic and detailed event plans, working closely, and sharing key information with the UKICE Communications Manager and Stakeholder & Engagement Officer, and liaising with key contacts in the UKICE research team.   
  • Identifying and securing suitable venues (both internal at King’s College London and external), catering and AV solutions, liaising with the UKICE Communications Manager and Operations Manager to monitor expenditure. 
  • Writing and sending formal and informal invites to potential event participants, including some who are high-profile academics or senior politicians from various political parties, and being the point of contact for ongoing communications with them at all stages of the event.    
  • Liaising with external UKICE partners for co-branded and / or joint events.     
  • Promoting upcoming UKICE events to audiences old and new, utilising UKICE’s Twitter and LinkedIn channels, website, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, email, and other channels as appropriate to increase the visibility and accessibility of our events.   
  • Supporting the production of event marketing materials, including drafting advertising and invite copy, graphics, and videos, with the possibility of leading on these if the applicant has relevant experience.  
  • Attending events, including our events held in the evening, with time off in lieu provided.       
  • Leading the ‘on the day’ logistics, including associated venue, AV, catering, security, Zoom, YouTube, Slido, event set-up, guest registration, trouble-shooting and other tasks as appropriate.    
  • Maintaining accurate records and assisting with the events element of the quarterly UKICE communications outputs reporting.   
  • Assisting with any other reasonable communications related tasks within the UKICE team as and when required.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.      Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience). 

2.      Experience of planning, promoting, and delivering a range of online and in-person events. 

3.      A high standard of spoken and written English.  

4.      Experience of communicating with a range of internal and external stakeholders of different levels of seniority.   

5.      Experience of using a range of events-related online platforms such as Zoom, YouTube Live, EventBrite and/or Slido. 

6.      Experience of using online content management systems (such as WordPress or Squarespace) for events related website content creation.   

7.      Ability to multitask and prioritise under pressure, contributing towards multiple projects/events/deadlines simultaneously.  

8.      Good general IT skills. 

Desirable criteria

1.      Experience of working in either a higher education, politics, or public policy related organisation. 

2.      Some knowledge of, or demonstrable interest in, contemporary UK politics.    

3.      Some experience of working with graphics or other marketing materials. 

Further information

The selection process will include a panel interview and a short-written test.


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