Press and Digital Communications Officer – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 109/18
Contract type:
Part-Time (16 hours per week)
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years).
Starting from £24,435 per annum pro rata.
We offer generous benefits
Communications team
Closing date:
20 January, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking a Press & Digital Communications Officer to join its busy Communications Team. The position is part time, working either mornings or afternoons, five days per week. Experience of working in a scientific environment is an advantage.

You will contribute to the co-ordination and delivery of exciting and interesting media and public engagement campaigns that promote and explain BAS science and operations to a wide range of stakeholders.

You will have at least 2 years’ experience working in a press office or communications team and be able to work effectively. You will have opportunities to be proactive and contribute your ideas and skills to our team portfolio.


Your role will be to support the campaign delivery by creating/editing press releases and editorial content for online and social media publishing. You will be a point of contact for media enquiries. You will work directly to the BAS Senior Science Communications Manager.

You will play a full role in the BAS Communications Team, support Operational teams across BAS and undertake other tasks as requested by the BAS Head of Communications.


Educated to degree level or have equivalent relevant experience.


- Dealing with media enquiries and setting up media interviews.
- Drafting press releases, news stories and online content.
- Supporting social media campaigns.
- Providing Press Office support.
- Contributing to campaign evaluation.
- General office duties to support public engagement.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 109/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 20th January 2019
Interview date: 30th January 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Experience of media relations. - Essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, in plain language, for all forms of business and external communication. - Essential
  • Ability to develop and write engaging editorial narratives that incorporate key messages; are targeted for distinct audiences; and are appropriate for different media (printed/online/social). - Essential
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills. - Essential
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the communication objectives and how these support the overall business/policy objectives. - Essential
  • Understanding of how to optimise audience reach through a mix of media channels, including news aggregators. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good computer / IT skills. - Essential
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office applications especially Word and Excel. - Essential
  • Experience of publishing in WORDPRESS and SharePoint. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of publishing on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to take a balanced approach to decision making, and an understanding of the potential wider impacts of decisions. - Essential
  • Use insight to identify target audiences and partners, support decision making and help inform the overall communication approach. - Essential
  • Understanding of when to consult or take advice. - Essential
  • Capability to undertake appropriate analysis to support decisions or recommendations. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Flexible approach to work tasking. - Essential
  • Strong listening skills. - Essential
  • Self-confidence and able to deal effectively with people at all levels within the organisation and externally. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to see the ‘Big Picture’ and keep up-to-date with a broad set of issues relating to the work of Government Department (BEIS), NERC and BAS. - Essential
  • Ability to gather information from a range of relevant sources inside and outside the organisation to inform own work. - Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to analyse and interpret evaluation data for reporting purposes. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Good team player. - Essential
  • Ability to engage people by collaborating and partnering; demonstrate an interest in others and develop a range of contacts outside own team to help get the job done. - Essential

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