Web and Communications Officer

Since 1951, the History of Parliament has been researching and publishing one of the most highly regarded works of historical reference.  Its volumes provide summary biographies of Members of Parliament, surveys of politics and elections in each constituency, and introductory material from the fourteenth century to the nineteenth.  We are currently working on periods in the fifteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth centuries

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Web and Communications Officer to raise the profile of the History of Parliament by developing our online presence on our newly launched site at http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/  in new and imaginative ways to attract and engage with new audiences; and to enhance and systemise our outreach activities particularly in media and in the education sector.

The Web and Communications Officer’s principal tasks will be

History of Parliament Online

  • To contribute to the further development of the History of Parliament Online, particularly in the area of educational and explanatory material; to commission and edit articles from staff and external contributors; to identify, procure and load suitable visual content onto the site

Publicity and media

  • To develop the History’s presence in social media
  • To create publicity material for the History
  • To develop and manage contacts with media, including BBC Parliament

Outreach  activities

  • To be responsible for the execution of events in which the History of Parliament is involved, including the annual lecture, conferences, seminars and workshops and the Oral History project
  • To manage and develop the  annual essay competitions for schools and universities

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and should ideally have a first degree in British History as well as postgraduate work in a field related to web editing and communications.  An interest in parliamentary politics would also be helpful.  The appointment is initially for a fixed term of three years commencing on a salary of £28,138 per annum.

Further particulars can be found here, or downloaded from our website at www.histparl.ac.uk or by email to smacquire@histparl.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th June 2012.

History of Parliament, 18 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NS

http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/

30 May 2012