DiSSCo UK Community Manager

Deadline: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 09:00
Employer: The Natural History Museum, London
Contract Duration: Fixed term 24 months
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £34,421

We seek a community manager to help us grow the DiSSCo UK community, and support both the managerial, governance and technical operations teams with programme management and development.

You will be responsible for convening our central group of DiSSCo UK members and prospective members; engaging with the wider UK natural science collections network; and understanding our broader stakeholders including funders, promoting our work and supporting communication activities. This includes both regional and thematic collections, including earth and life sciences collections. Your responsibilities will range from managing social media, developing formal relationships with new community members, reviewing technical documentation, to running physical and digital events.

You should be a confident, enthusiastic communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills. You will have some experience with project or programme management and be able to support our formal reporting requirements to our sponsor, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Some experience with the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) sectors, in particular AHRC or UKRI and their cultural norms would be advantageous. Experience in supporting work across relevant practitioners in our community (e.g., collections staff, digitisation teams, and software developers) would be beneficial.

Depending on funding and growth of DiSSCo-UK, you may lead and manage a small (1-2 person) team supporting community activities in future.

You will be based at the Natural History Museum London and will also leverage the development of a new £180M science and digitisation centre at the Thames Valley Science Park, University of Reading (opening 2026-27), to develop new opportunities and partnerships for the UK consortium.

You can work remotely, but we will need you to attend the Museum once a week or more to work with colleagues on-site, and occasionally travel around the UK for in person meetings and events, which may involve overnight stays. You will be based in the Digital, Data & Informatics team within NHM’s Science Group and will work alongside the senior management of many of the UK’s leading natural science collections.