Mar 15, 2019

News and Media Executive

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • United Kingdom
Full-time Print

Job Description

News and Media Executive

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation with a thriving international community of over 50,000 members in 125 countries. As an internationally renowned publisher of high-quality chemical science knowledge and the professional body for chemists in the UK, we have a reputation as an influential champion for the chemical sciences. We reinvest all our income to achieve our charitable objectives in support of the chemical sciences community and advancing chemistry.

Our global community spans hundreds of thousands of scientists, librarians, teachers, students, pupils and people who love chemistry. We also connect our community by holding scientific conferences, symposia, workshops and webinars and we partner globally for the benefit of the chemical sciences.

Position: News and Media Executive
Location: London or Cambridge
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: £33,662 to £37,402 (plus £3,974 London allowances if based at our London office) per annum plus benefits
Benefits: Generous paid holidays, generous contributory Group Personal Pension scheme, 35-hour (for full-time staff) working week, learning and career development, subsidised staff restaurant (Cambridge office), staff sports and social club, free private healthcare plan, income protection scheme, critical illness insurance, life assurance, free on-site parking (Cambridge office), season ticket, car/motor cycle and cycle to work schemes, membership subscription, employee assistance programme, eye-care at work scheme, wellness initiatives, flexible work environment, employee recognition, long service awards, membership subscription to professional body and RSC, two discounted staff flats on-site (Cambridge office) and more.

Closing Date: 25 March 2019
First interviews will be held on: 15 or 17 April and final interviews on 22 or 24 or 25 April 2019.

About the role:

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and creative person to join the Royal Society of Chemistry's news and media team.

Being part of the Royal Society of Chemistry is to be at the heart of a dedicated, forward-thinking and passionate collection of people. You will find opportunities to work with our colleagues across communications, publishing, membership, sales, marketing, technology and finance, community outreach, and many others, in locations including Cambridge, London, Beijing, Washington and Bangalore.

As an organisation, we want our news and media offering to raise the voice of the chemical sciences, in the UK and around the world. Everything we do supports a global scientific community and the groups we work with are exceptionally diverse - from teachers, scientists and academics, librarians and corporates to politicians and the public.

This role will be based in either our Cambridge or London offices (spending at least one day per week in our other office), which provides an opportunity for a talented individual looking to build their career in communications. You will bring creativity, ideas and enthusiasm to hugely varied projects across our communications channels and you will need to be able to demonstrate your potential to make a positive contribution to our team.


- Play a key role in the news and media team, helping to shape and deliver the Royal Society of Chemistry's news and media content.
- Produce news about the Royal Society of Chemistry and our community, for publication on our website and in our magazine Voice, which is distributed to over 50,000 members worldwide.
- Contribute to editorial planning and coordination of news.
- Secure national and international third-party media coverage, to help achieve the Royal Society of Chemistry's strategic objectives through promoting key messages.
- Play an active role in managing the Royal Society of Chemistry's reputation, including through monitoring coverage, spotting risks, and following crisis communications procedures.
- Represent the wider communications team to colleagues, providing support and advice on how to communicate effectively and the different ways in which the team can help them.

About you:

- Experience of collaborating with others to produce content, including supporting non-specialist colleagues and commissioning and editing work from external contributors (e.g. freelancers).
- Experience of working with and incorporating rich, digital content.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, critical judgement, resilience, and composure under pressure.
- A desire to promote and enable the positive impact of chemistry, and science generally, on social, political, and economic issues.
- Experience in an editorial and / or production role in a digital-first news outlet, including sourcing and producing stories and theming and scheduling content.
- Knowledge and experience of UK and international print and broadcast media.
- Experience of interacting with senior figures in the media.
- Degree or equivalent experience. A background, knowledge, or qualifications in science and / or chemistry may be an advantage, but is not required.
- Qualifications in news, media, journalism or communications (e.g. Masters or Bachelor's degree, CIPR or PRCA qualification etc.), or equivalent experience demonstrating a knowledge of news and media as a discipline.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will reward your contribution with excellent benefits.

You may have experience of the following: News and Media Executive, Media Executive, Media Officer, Journalist, Journalism, Press Officer, PR Officer, PR Executive, Communications, Communications Assistant, Communications Executive, etc.

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