Public Engagement Manager

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Job Title Public Engagement Manager
Job Reference DIA0860/TH
Post Type
Division CEO's Office
Salary information Circa £30k
Application deadline 18/08/2013
Date of interviews 12/09/2013

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

We are looking for a maternity cover to join our team as Public Engagement Manager. You will be expected to deliver plans for 2014 from the organisation of our Saturday open days to the organisation’s presence at appropriate festivals.

As we have just launched a new training programme for our staff, you will lead the delivery of the portfolio of activities available and ensure appropriate evaluation of the work is undertaken.

You will need to have a dynamic and proactive approach matched to the ability to form relationships quickly and effectively with both staff and members of our user community.

For an informal conversation, please contact Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Head of Communications on 01235 778130.

AIM: To proactively undertake resourcing, content planning and delivery for educational outreach and public engagement activities. To identify and manage partnerships where these will deliver maximum value for the facility.

Public Engagement

  • Create and update strategies and plans for public engagement, in line with best practice in the field of science communication and the wider communications strategy for Diamond;
  • Together with the Head of Communications, initiate new projects proposals, agree budgets and timetables for them and identify partners or sources of funding where appropriate;
  • Deliver engagement activities on and off site, managing internal and external staff to ensure effective delivery against strategic and operational objectives. Plan and manage budgeting and delivery;
  • Develop and deliver education activities in line with curriculum and with input from teachers and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Manage and deliver/contract the training portfolio for Diamond staff and users in communication and engagement;
  • Manage evaluation of outreach events/projects, creation of statistics for evaluation and tracking. Utilise evaluation data to created audience segmentations and profiles for future projects;
  • Develop contacts and liaise with stakeholders, educationalists, scientists and related organisations;
  • Manage staff working in engagement,  including freelance and casual workers where appropriate
  • Act as a key contact for outreach and educational activities at Diamond;

Events & visits management (Education, public and small bespoke/VIP visits)

  • Plan, manage and deliver small bespoke visits for Diamond from VIPs and other relevant groups, with support from local team coordinators. Feed into events planning process and reporting;
  • Deliver presentations showcasing Diamond for visits and events. Develop materials to showcase the science output from the facility for a range of audiences;
  • Enhance and develop new content for corporate and technical presentations.


  • Coordinate other projects as the Departmental workload requires;
  • Work closely with other members of the communications team, Diamond staff and users who are involved in outreach projects;
  • Keep up to date with current health and safety and safeguarding issues. Update and advise on  departmental policy as required;
  • Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required from time to time.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Science graduate or equivalent;
  • Experience of organising and co-ordinating events on both a large and small scale;
  • Experience of presenting to large and small groups;
  • Experience of working in a busy communications office;
  • A knowledge or understanding of data protection issues;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Strong sense of initiative;
  • Strong presentation & communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong IT  skills – standard MS office and in particular outlook and access packages;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to make information accessible to lay audiences in an engaging way;
  • Strong interest in science communication.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Strong copywriting skills (i.e. grants, bids etc)
  • Experience of website systems.

Further Information

For an informal conversation, please contact Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Head of Communications on 01235 778130.

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

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