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22 Jul 2021
British Antarctic Survey, NERC
Head of Communications
£61,227 - £76,925 per annum
The British Antarctic Survey are looking for a new Head of Communications
We are seeking an experienced professional to join our award-winning Communications Team. As Head of Communications you will play a central role in developing and delivering engagement strategies that promote and explain our science & innovation and operational activities and outcomes to a wide range of public and stakeholder audiences.
British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the UKRI-NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world. We deliver excellent and relevant polar science, provide British presence in the British Antarctic Territory on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.
This is a senior leadership role. You will work closely with the BAS Director, be part of the BAS Executive Team as well as a number of major project and programme boards. You will interact with and support colleagues at all levels across the organisation to develop and deliver external, corporate and internal communication policies and strategies for BAS.
You will be experienced in a wide range of communications and engagement disciplines, including corporate reputation management, media relations, digital content creation, external affairs, internal communication and public engagement in research.
This unique role is critical for embedding excellent communication across our organisation, promoting our research & innovation outcomes, delivering UKRI-NERC-BAS major campaigns and enhancing our national and international visibility and reputation.
You will develop and deliver a strategic communications and engagement portfolio that supports the BAS vision to be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence. You will lead and support a skilled and talented team of communications professionals who deliver a comprehensive suite of communications functions. You will ensure that the BAS Communications portfolio and function is aligned to and supports UKRI-NERC corporate aspirations. Your role will, from time to time, involve travel within the UK, overseas and potentially the polar regions. The latter requires medical fitness.
Minimum of a degree or appropriate senior-level experience in communications and external affairs
As an active member of the BAS Executive Team and strategic programme boards you will contribute to organisation-wide strategy development and change management planning to drive best organisational performance
You will direct and lead large communication programmes, devising multi-channel campaigns that engage different sectors in BAS science and organisational priorities through effective use of all BAS media including websites, publications, films and other media platforms
You will provide policy leadership and direction to the BAS Communications team, overseeing the development of the annual communications plan, and providing effective management of the team, supporting team members to achieve their full potential and deliver high levels of performance
You will ensure the health, safety and well-being policies are embedded within the Communications function
You will act as a role model and champion in relation to BAS’s commitment to equality, diversity and the creation of an inclusive working environment.
Expertise and advice
Advise the Directors and leadership teams on internal and external consultation strategies to support delivery of major programmes or projects
Providing expert media relations advice and sound judgement to shape the handling of announcements relating to reputation management and/or publicly-sensitive issues
Support Directors, Executive Team and Science Leaders in the development of BAS position statements or evidence sessions relating to response to Parliamentary inquiries, audits and scientific issues of societal relevance
You will work with UKRI-NERC and Government department (BEIS, FCDO) colleagues to anticipate and identify issues that may have an impact on UK investment in polar sciences
You will ensure that BAS strategic communication and external affairs portfolio supports and builds influential internal and external relationships with key stakeholders/ partners
You will gather business intelligence that supports colleagues across the organisation who manage mutually beneficial stakeholder relationship
You will take responsibility for developing positive relationships with media
You will develop strategies and campaigns to support employee engagement
As a member of the national and international polar community you will work with colleagues within HEIs, the Antarctic Treaty System, and other national Antarctic programmes to ensure best practice in science communication, education and outreach
Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/91 Publication date: 29 June 2021 Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 22 July 2021 Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 3rd August 2021
At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.
We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.