Publications Officer

Institution of Environmental Sciences
24k – 26k (depending on experience)
26 September 2017

Adam Donnan 020 7601 1920

CV, cover letter (stating “why us and why you?”) and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

The IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science. We activate our global network of leading education institutions, researchers, professionals and policy makers to stand up for science, scientists and for the natural world. You can learn more about us by exploring our website.

We are looking for a multi-talented Publications Officer to be responsible for the development, layout, production and dissemination of key publications and outputs. You will be an expansive thinker who can fit with the friendly and collaborative culture of the office.

We are a small team with a flat hierarchy and a fast pace of work. Our office is located in the heart of London.

Job Role

  1. Responsible for originating ideas for our journal, the environmental SCIENTIST, collating content, editing, and articulating a design vision for the journal, and managing designers, sub-editors and printers..
  2. Manage, update and contribute to the IES web presence, e-newsletter and social media channels, originating novel approaches to communicating with members and the general public.
  3. Originate report ideas, collate content, sub-edit and engage with appropriate experts and contributors.
  4. Curate a diversity of articles for the analysis page of our website, that adequately reflect the make-up and interests of our members and actively engage with emerging topics. 
  5. Strive for high levels of creativity and new ways to engage members, seeking appropriate methods and technologies for communicating information.
  6. Target new audiences (both within and outside of our membership) and devise appropriate media and messages to reach them.
  7. With the CEO and Policy & Communities Officer, identify and coordinate the production of appropriate professional guidance to aid members in their work.
  8. Work with the CEO to create an annual publications plan that ensures a steady flow of publications throughout the year.
  9. Develop processes to engage members in suggesting themes and contributing to publications.
  10. Adopt appropriate feedback mechanisms to ensure that publications are relevant to members’ interests and attract new visitors to the IES website.
  11. Ensure that publications reflect organisational values and achieve high levels of accuracy and scientific integrity.
  12. Deliver publications within the agreed budgets.
  13. Work with other staff to ensure that they are aware of and engaged with upcoming publications and that appropriate links are maintained and built between your work and the membership, marketing, policy and events functions.

Person specification
This is a multi-skilled position and we recognise that no candidate is likely to have all the desirable skills.

Essential Desirable
Bachelors degree A Masters degree in Science Communication, Environmental Science, Journalism or similar
Clear and persuasive writer Professional experience in writing and communicating on scientific topics
Interest in science and the natural world Experience of working for a non-profit organisation in science or the environment
A knowledge of communication practices Proven experience in communicating to diverse audiences and evaluating impact (e.g. website analytics)
An appreciation of statistics Demonstrable understanding of statistical analysis
An understanding of graphic design programs Experience of creating content in Adobe Creative Cloud/Suite
Keen eye for detail, proofing and copy-editing Experience of working in an editorial capacity
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and work to deadlines Experience of managing complex projects with competing priorities in a professional environment
Interest in new media (e.g. podcasts, interactive publications) Experience of producing outputs for social media channels and podcasts

About the role
The position is full time. The initial contract will be for one year (subject to a three-month probation period) with the possibility of extending. Interviews will take place on the Thursday 5th October with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

How to apply
CV, cover letter (stating “why us and why you?”) and equal opportunities monitoring form (doc) sent by email to Please state in your cover letter where you first heard about this vacancy.

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