Publications Officer

£25k-30k (dependent on experience)
17 February 2020

Adam Donnan, +44 (0)20 3862 7484

Send CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") & equal opportunities monitoring form by Noon on 17th February

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, scientist and for the natural world. You can learn more about us by exploring our website.

As a small but rapidly growing charity, we are currently recruiting for four positions to increase our headcount to ten.

Main Purpose of the Post

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 have strong writing skills and a keen eye for layout and design. Relishing the chance to engage with a wide range of environmental topics, you will need to be highly flexible, motivated and able to fit into the collaborative culture of the office. You will be an individual who takes pride in their work and can deliver projects to tight deadlines.


Job Role

  • Responsible for originating ideas for the IES environmental SCIENTIST journal, collating content, editing, articulating a design vision for the journal, and managing designers, editors and printers.
  • Manage, update and contribute to the IES web presence, e-newsletter and social media channels, originating novel approaches to communicating with members and the public.
  • Originate report ideas, collate content, sub-edit and engage with appropriate experts and contributors.
  • Curate a diversity of articles for the analysis pages that adequately reflect the make-up and interests of our members and actively engage with emerging topics.  
  • Strive for high levels of creativity and new ways to engage members, seeking appropriate methods and technologies for communicating information.
  • Target new audiences (both within and outside of our membership) and devise appropriate mediums and messages to reach them. 
  • With the CEO and Engagement & Communities Officer, identify and coordinate the production of appropriate professional guidance to aid members in their work.
  • Work with the CEO to create an annual publications plan that ensures a steady flow of publications throughout the year.
  • Develop processes to engage members in suggesting themes and contributing to publications.
  • Adopt appropriate feedback mechanisms to ensure that publications are relevant to members’ interests and attract new visitors to the IES website.
  • Ensure that publications reflect organisational values and achieve high levels of accuracy and scientific integrity.
  • Deliver publications within the agreed budgets.
  • 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 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 (all IES roles) Desirable (all IES roles)
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional practice)
  • Office-based experience of at least 1 year
  • Demonstrable ability to quickly pick up new tasks and communicate complex or technical concepts effectively
  • Flexible approach with the ability to use own initiative and rapidly respond to varying stakeholder needs
  • Comfortable working within a small team as well as autonomously
  • Recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion
  • Interest in the environment, sustainability and/or science
  • Experience in the environmental or NGO/charity sector
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and databases



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

About the Role
The position is full time. Interviews will take place on Friday 21st February, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

How to Apply
Please send a CV, cover letter (stating "why us and why you?") and equal opportunities monitoring form to Adam Donnan by Noon on Monday 17th February.  If you want to apply to more than one of the vacancies at the IES, you can do so with one application, but please address both sets of the role-specific competencies in your cover letter.

Why work for us?
At the IES, we know that the secret of a successful professional body is the quality of the people behind the membership services.

Our small, inclusive team work collaboratively with one another, as well as our fantastic trustees, members and partner organisations, to fulfil our mission of advocating for science and the environment.

With a good list of employee benefits and a social calendar connected to the office, we are sure you will enjoy the culture of working at the IES. We care about nurturing your career development with individualised professional development plans and a separate budget that you can spend on your learning.

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