London, UK

RAI Education and Communications Officer

DEADLINE Monday 1 November 2021 - UK

Full-time

Further particulars

The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is seeking to appoint a full-time Education and Communications Officer, starting 1 January 2022. The Education and Communications Officer will be expected to work from the RAI’s offices in London and take an active role in the RAI’s core activities and programmes alongside other members of staff. Anthropology education, in its widest sense, is a significant part of the RAI’s mission and activity in this area is led by the RAI’s Education Committee. The post holder will have special responsibilities for supporting and developing the RAI’s educational activities, services and resources, with particular focus on developing the RAI Teaching and Learning Platform, supporting non-university anthropology education, as well as organising out-reach events, engaging in broader communication activities, and contributing to the day-to-day administration of the RAI, including providing administrative support to the Education Committee.

It is expected that the Education and Communications Officer will have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology, and to have a genuine enthusiasm for the discipline. Equally important is a demonstrable interest and familiarity with teaching and learning in secondary education, since the role will involve close liaison with teachers at schools and further education colleges. The Education and Communications Officer will need to be a good communicator, competent at using social and other online media, as well as good at face-to-face contact. Event coordination skills and experience will also be especially valuable. Working as part of a small and dedicated team, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out tasks under their own initiative, to work unsupervised, and to lend a hand in more general tasks as required.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for leading the RAI’s educational activities, services and resources under the guidance of the RAI’s Education Committee and Director;
  • To liaise with schools, teachers and university departments in order to strengthen the capacity for the teaching of anthropology in non-university learning environments;
  • To assist in the development of the RAI’s planned Teaching and Learning Platform, and otherwise facilitate the teaching of anthropology in non-university learning environments;
  • To manage and develop the RAI’s educational websites and social media platforms, including www.discoveranthropology.org.uk, www.londonanthropologyday.co.uk, and Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter groups/pages;
  • To be proactive in developing new education and communication related initiatives in consultation with the RAI’s Education Committee and Director, including conducting research and visiting schools, colleges, teachers, etc.;
  • To act as secretary to the RAI Education Committee, including organising regular meeting, minute taking, communicating with Committee members, managing administrative matters, and implementing action points as required;
  • To act as event manager for the annual London Anthropology Day, including managing logistical arrangements, recruiting volunteers and speakers, producing publicity, developing exhibitions, marketing the event, etc.;
  • To develop and organize educational outreach events, public lectures, etc.;
  • To assist with other RAI events, including research seminars and workshops, and the RAI’s Bi-Annual Anthropology Conference;
  • To interact with other RAI staff members and fellows as part of a small but busy team, and lend a hand in other tasks as required (e.g. receiving visitors to the RAI, covering telephone enquiries when the Office Manager is on leave, generally contributing to the day-to-day administration of the RAI).

Person specification

PERSON SPECIFICATION   Essential

Desirable

Post name: RAI Education and Communications Officer (full-time)    
Knowledge & experience Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology *  
  Postgraduate degree in anthropology   *
  Commitment to working with pre-university education environments to encourage the teaching of anthropology *  
  Knowledge and experience of secondary education teaching/learning practice   *
  Experience in using (or willing to take training to learn) desk-top packages to produce publicity material   *
  Experience managing/developing remote teaching resources   *
  Experience managing/developing online social media platforms and forums   *
Communication Excellent command of English, written and oral *  
  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills *  
  Ability and willingness to engage with teachers and other education providers *  
  Ability and willingness to work in a small team and contribute to collegiality *  
Decision making Ability and willingness to take responsibility for leading educational activities, services and resources under the guidance of the RAI’s Education Committee and Director *  
  Ability and willingness to take independent decisions *  
General Ability and willingness to work from the RAI’s offices in London *  
  Permission to reside and work in the UK *  

 

Salary

The salary will be £30,530 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Application process

The closing date for applications is Monday 1 November 2021. Applications, which should consist of letter and CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent
to admin@therai.org.uk. References will be taken up for short-listed candidates only. If for any reason, a reference should not be taken up at the short-listing stage, this should be clearly indicated.

It is likely that interviews will be held on or around 16 November 2021. Informal enquiries may be addressed to admin@therai.org.uk.