Head of Communications

Plymouth, Devon
08 Oct 2019
05 Nov 2019
Head of Communications
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Head of Communications at the MBA to convey thought-provoking, exciting and intelligent communication of marine biology discoveries and why these matter to society. It is a new role to lead the communication activities for a marine society with members throughout the world and with a laboratory where a large and enthusiastic team of scientists carry out world-class research. The aim of the role is to help ensure a strong, positive and consistent message for the MBA across its activities and to promote its wider mission.

As one of the world’s longest running learned societies (founded in 1884) the MBA is dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life that they support. Many eminent scientists, including twelve Nobel Prize winners, have conducted their research at the MBA’s famous Citadel Hill laboratory. With our Royal Charter and over 1600 members in 37 countries worldwide, we have the mandate to provide an authoritative and independent voice for the international marine biological community. One of the top-level strategic goals of the MBA is to “Strengthen external communication to be the primary voice on behalf of marine biological community”. We believe an ethos of excellent communication must be pervasive through the MBA and the foundation for delivery of all MBA outputs.

The Head of Communications will increase the visibility of all MBA activities in support of their individual strategic goals. We are particularly keen to hear from proactive individuals with expertise in translating science to the wider public, ideally with strong media connections.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a science background
  • Be proactive at seeking out high impact stories
  • Have extensive connections to media outlets
  • Have a strong record of publishing journalistic articles to promote science
  • Be responsible for coordinating media enquiries to act as the voice of the MBA
  • Be responsible for organising and delivering a comprehensive science communications programme including strategy implementation, financial management, and monitoring actions and outcomes
  • Have experience of motivating and managing diverse teams
  • Interact with a wide international membership

The work location will be the MBA Laboratory in Plymouth, UK.

Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the UCEA scale (MBA Grade 5: £40,792 - £48,677).

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Application details and Job Description are available from www.mba.ac.uk/about/vacancies. Informal enquiries can be made to the MBA Director (wilwil@mba.ac.uk). Applications should be submitted via email to hr@mba.ac.uk by the closing date of Thursday 31 October, 2019

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