Future Food Beacon: Outreach & Engagement Manager 

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (GB)
£29,799 to £38,833 per annum
26 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Future Food Beacon: Outreach & Engagement Manager 

Future Food Beacon (Biosciences)
Location:     Sutton Bonington
Salary:     £29,799 to £38,833 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance. 
Closing Date:     Sunday 11 March 2018
Reference:     SCI479517

The Future Food Beacon (Beacon) is one of six multi-million pound research Beacons of Excellence that is being funded through the University's ambitious Research Strategy.

The Beacon is looking to recruit an Outreach and Engagement Manager who will report to the Beacon Head of Operations but will be required to work with a wide range of individuals within the Beacon, aligned Faculties and Schools, and Professional Service Units. The role will be focused on developing and implementing a comprehensive outreach & engagement plan. Main responsibilities will include:

  • Design, implement and continuously update a comprehensive outreach & engagement plan. The aim is to make the Future Food Beacon known both locally (UK and Europe) and globally as a world leader in research that underpins food security. This will be achieved by designing promotional campaigns using traditional and modern media and reporting to the Beacon Leadership Team on progress made using quantifiable and subjective measures (website hits; satisfaction surveys etc)
  • Engaging with Future Food Beacon researchers to highlight and communicate scientific research to the general public and the wider academic community. This will be achieved by holding open days at the University and by representing the Beacon at local, national and international events. Interaction with University departments such as External Relations and Research & Innovation is critical in achieving positive outcomes
  • Promoting interest in the Beacon's research activities through maintaining a dynamic presence on the web, on social media and other online platforms. This will involve creating and maintaining the Beacon’s on-line presence through maintaining and regularly updating the Beacon’s website with new content reflecting activities in the beacon and more widely in the field of food security, and by managing accounts on various social media platforms for example, Twitter, Facebook etc
  • Supporting the delivery of engagement programmes for schools and the general public by organising various activities, including delivering presentations both in schools and by hosting visits from local and national schools at the University, working with the creative industries and others to identify new avenues for the delivery of Beacon related impact (e.g. museums, galleries, botanic gardens, NGOs)

Applicants must:

  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent 
  • Be an experienced science communicator
  • Have understanding of the research lifecycle and the associated outputs
  • Have a structured, planned and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Have substantial experience managing and maintaining a public website
  • Be experienced in delivering public outreach and education programmes.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be self motivated with the ability to motivate others
  • Be able to demonstrate ability to work independently

This is a full-time post offered on a 3 year fixed term contract initially with a possible two year extension.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.