Head of Communications & Engagement role


The Royal Economic Society is recruiting for a Head of Communications & Engagement. To apply please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Deadline is 9 September 2019, 5pm.

Job Summary

Title: Head of Communications & Engagement
Reports to: Chief Executive
Location: Westminster, Central London (occasional travel to meetings within the UK may be required)
Salary: £42-45K dependent on experience
Hours: 35 hours per week
Job Type: Permanent
Closing date: 9 September 2019, 5pm

Job Overview

This is a senior role with responsibility for develop and executing the Society’s communications and engagement strategy and overseeing key activities, working in partnership with relevant RES committees and in line with the Society strategy. The role involves communicating to and engaging with Society members and prospective members, the media, policy professionals, and the wider public.

Society Background

Our purpose is to promote the study of economics. With over 4,000 members worldwide, we are one of the oldest economic associations in the world. Founded as the British Economic Association in 1890, we became the Royal Economic Society upon receiving our Royal Charter in 1902. We are a registered charity and membership is open to anyone who shares our aims and objectives. We have a small staff team based in Westminster.

The Society publishes two scientific journals – The Economic Journal and The Econometrics Journal – containing high quality peer-reviewed papers from an international authorship. Our popular annual conference provides a forum for research, debate, and networking. We also provide resources for economists and support for education and the training of students, teachers and researchers.  Increasingly we are focussed on improving the public understanding of economics through engagement with schools and the wider public.

Our 2019-2023 strategy guides our work through four key priorities:

  • Enhancing the credibility and visibility of economics
  • Supporting economists
  • Improving diversity
  • Working effectively

Job Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver an implementation plan for communications and engagement activities, in line with the Society strategy and in partnership with relevant committees and staff
  • Oversee the Society’s key communication channels (including website, social media, event attendance/promotion and printed marketing materials), ensuring a joined-up approach
  • Work collaboratively with officers, volunteers and staff delivering RES and journal activities to provide appropriate communications support
  • Line management of the Digital & Media Officer
  • Oversee media engagement work, including media briefings and press releases
  • Foster partnerships with other relevant organisations to support the strategy
  • Manage an assigned budget and contribute to budgeting and reforecasting process
  • Promote Society membership and lead campaign to renew existing members
  • Oversee communications support for Society campaigns, such as Discover Economics
  • Manage the Society brand and associated guidelines and policies
  • Provide secretariat support for relevant committees and working groups

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  1. Degree level of education or equivalent
  2. Proven, experience in a senior communications or engagement role
  3. Knowledge of and enthusiasm for economics
  4. Excellent communication skills, with experience of creating written or digital content
  5. Demonstrable experience of working collaboratively with committees and working groups
  6. Demonstrable experience of public engagement and media work
  7. Line management experience
  8. The ability to effectively plan and manage budgets and resources
  9. The ability to work well within a team with a flexible can-do approach to work

Desired Skills

  1. Knowledge and experience of the academic sector, including learned societies
  2. Knowledge of membership organisations
  3. Economics degree or equivalent
  4. Knowledge and experience of placing content in the media
  5. Knowledge and experience of Content Management Systems and Customer Relationship Management systems.

Application Process: Please submit your CV along with a personal statement using the form below by 9 September 2019, 5pm, outlining how you meet each person specification point. Applications without an accompanying personal statement addressing these points will not be considered. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Enquiries: For further information, or if you require any reasonable adjustments in submitting your application, please contact the office via e-mail at resoffice@res.org.uk

Please note, no agencies.

The Royal Economic Society is committed to equality and valuing diversity.