The Institute for Research in Schools is seeking to appoint a Communications Officer to provide support to our communications and marketing work.
Under the management of the Communications Manager, the Communications Officer will help to ensure the highest standard of effective communications, strengthening our relationship with schools and partners, in support of the delivery of IRIS’s strategic objectives.
The Communications Officer will work closely with colleagues and external partners in delivery of their duties. The ideal candidate will bring experience from a similar communications role, have a track record in delivering high quality communications content and have good knowledge of social media platforms and digital marketing.
The right candidate will be passionate about social mobility and have the desire to capture talent and break down barriers that impact young people, particularly those from underrepresented groups, in STEM. The Communications Officer will play an important part in ensuring that IRIS is able to develop its services so that the next generation have good career opportunities in STEM and can contribute to establishing the UK as a ‘science superpower’.
This is an exciting time to be joining IRIS. After a period of sustained growth and development we are on the verge of moving into a position where we will be able to influence and inform practice and policy across the UK, reaching many thousands of young people. This role will help us achieve our mission in the coming years.
We are keen to recruit from as wide a talent pool as possible, in terms of both personal and professional background. We welcome applications from any individuals regardless of age, sex, disability, ethnicity, gender or personal circumstances.
The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) was founded on the belief that young people have the capacity to change the world. If their education empowers them with the right tools, school-aged students can contribute to the community of scientific research right now.
Despite the evolution of IRIS over the last few years, this founding belief continues to be central to what we do. Our mission is to change the culture in UK education so that authentic research and innovation is part of every young person’s experience. We do this by:
Creating opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge STEM research and collaborate with leading universities and institutions while still at school
Evidencing the impact of students carrying out research while still at school
Facilitating a research culture by influencing and demonstrating best practice of STEM research and innovation in schools.
As a charity, everything we do is driven by our moral purpose; to capture talent and break down barriers that impact underrepresented young people in STEM.
How to apply
We are inviting application via submission of an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae along with a letter of application. Each should be no longer than 3 sides of A4 with a font size no smaller than 11pt. All applications should be accompanied by a completed Diversity Monitoring form.
Applications should address:
Why the candidate wishes to take on this role.
What they can bring to the post.
How they meet the criteria as stated in the job description and person specification.
If you wish to have an informal conversation about the role prior to applying, please contact Jennifer Storemski, Communications Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ensuring that the subject of your email is ‘Communications Officer Recruitment.’
The key dates to note for the recruitment process:
6th July 2022: Deadline for applications, which should be emailed via the button below with the subject heading IRIS – Communications Manager.
8th July 2022: Candidates will be notified of their invitation to interview. If you have not received an invitation to interview by this date you should assume that you have not been shortlisted.
13th July 2022: formal interviews for all shortlisted candidates which will take place in London.