Public Engagement Officer (PSS-DIR-28)

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Category: Professional Support | Department: Directorate | Closing Date: 29 Nov 2017 | Public engagement is a key commitment within the School’s strategy and is an essential requirement for applications for research funding to the Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust and others. Through genuine dialogue with our defined local and global communities, it serves to enhance our global reputation, improve the quality of research conducted at the School and enrich the skills and confidence of staff & students. The Public Engagement Officer will contribute to the operational delivery of the School’s public engagement programme – enabling staff and students to build valuable new skills, widen the impact of their research and attract dedicated public engagement funding.    Reporting to and working alongside the Public Engagement Coordinator this will include training development and delivery, preparing internal communications and resources in public engagement, organising public engagement events that School staff & RD students can take part in, and advising on applications for public engagement funding or on public engagement sections of research funding applications.   The applicant must have higher education to degree level or equivalent. They must have excellent written and oral communication skills – presenting information in clear, concise, compelling and sometimes creative ways, experience building prosperous partnerships with external organisations and successful experience engaging public audiences with science and/or scientific research.    The ideal candidate will be highly motivated with a demonstrated understanding and experience of the key values and principles underpinning public engagement and of university research and public engagement funding mechanisms.   The position requires someone who has excellent organizational skills, capable of coordinating a varied workload with overlapping deadlines, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to successfully work both independently and in a team, and a proven ability to use initiative and judgment to solve problems.   This post is fixed term until 30 September 2018 and is offered at 0.5 FTE. The post is funded through a Research Councils UK Strategic Support to Expedite Embedding Public Engagement grant and is available from 1 January 2017. The salary will be on the Professional Support Pathway Grade 5 scale in the range £33,567 to £38,533 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.   Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference PSS-DIR-28.   The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable.    Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.  
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