*Job, Woking* Pirbright Inst, Head of Communications, £42.7-47.5k, clos 13 June 2013 #scicommjobs

The Pirbright Institute
Head of Communications

Organisation Detail The Pirbright Institute (PIR)
Reference Number IRC95010
Location Woking See on Map
Salary £42769 – £47521
Date Posted 13 May 2013
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 June 2013



The Head of Communications is responsible for:
• maintaining and enhancing the reputation of The Institute by proactive interactions with stakeholders and the media
• public engagement (science in society)
• internal communications
• liaison with the External Relations Unit of BBSRC for coordinated promotion of BBSRC-sponsored science and with the other National Institutes of Bioscience

Organisation Position

The post will:
• Report to the Director of the Institute
• Manage and Public Engagement (Outreach) Officer, a Communications Officer, a Digital Imaging and Graphics Officer and an IT Officer
• Work closely with the Heads of Information Services, Knowledge Exchange and Business Development, the Directors of Science and Operations and the Change Management Director

Main Duties and Resposibilities

Responsible for which will include:

• Formulating and implementing a science-driven strategy for engagement with the Institute’s stakeholders, including active personal participation and contributions. This will include on-site and external events, communication by publications, corporate website and other channels, potentially social media, and writing for stakeholder publications.  40%
• Proactive, reactive and interactive relationships with the media, including media releases, initiating and organising briefings, liaising with the Science Media Centre and facilitating visits by print, radio and TV journalists to the Institute or at other locations. 25%
• Encouraging, facilitating, contributing to and monitoring internal communication 15%
• Overseeing a programme of public engagement/science in society allied to the public engagement strategy of BBSRC and managing the Public Engagement Officer.
• Managing the Digital Imaging and Graphics Officer in support of scientific and stakeholder engagement activities  5%
• Liaising with the External Relations Unit at BBSRC Swindon Office and with counterparts in sister institutes (National Institutes of Bioscience) to maximise the promotion of The Pirbright Institute and BBSRC-sponsored science, develop joint communications strategies, and to work together in respect of national level corporate communications, national media relations, stakeholder and public engagement  5%
• Overseeing external and internal web and social media based communications and management of the Communications and IT Officers  5%

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of the Human Resources Division and The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute- wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Job requirements

Qualifications and Experience

• Degree level science qualification or equivalent
• Qualifications in media/public relations/public engagement or related areas or equivalent significant demonstrable experience.
• A demonstrable understanding of the nature and workings of scientific research and the UK research system.

• A degree or higher level qualification in biological science or allied subject.
• A professional or postgraduate qualification in communications, public relations or journalism.

Specific skills

• Excellent command of oral and written English and ability to communicate complicated or technical information to range of audiences
• Understanding of news values and different routes for disseminating stories, ability to select most appropriate channel.
• A demonstrable understanding of the fundamentals of communications, including message formulation, audience identification, scheduling, tactical channel selection and evaluation.
• Ability to anticipate, identify and plan for handling potentially sensitive or difficult corporate issues, demonstrable ability to present mitigation strategies.
• A demonstrable ability to assimilate and communicate the outputs of research.

• Ability to write appropriately for wide range of audiences
• Ability to work as part of a team, both formally and with large number of external partners.
• Demonstrable written and oral communication skills and ability to tailor for wide range of audiences.
• Evidence of communication/stakeholder engagement activity.
• Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, demonstrable track record of interacting with and influencing range of internal and external contacts at all levels.
• Experience of line management
• Ability to organise resources and manage and encourage input from direct staff and institute colleagues.
• Demonstrable understanding of the workings of UK national and trade media, including experience of interacting with journalists, placing stories, working to media deadlines and of building media networks.
• Demonstrable understanding of role of digital communications and new media in delivering communications and public engagement strategies.

Personal Skills

• A demonstrable ability to assimilate and communicate the outputs of research.

Special Requirements

• Flexible approach to working in order to respond to potential out-of-hours contacts
• Full UK driving license

• Ability to present science to range of audiences at interactive public exhibitions.
• Understanding of the field of infectious animal/human diseases or track record of work.
• Understanding of role and place of public engagement with research




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