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External Communications and Engagement Manager

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:London
  • Salary:£34,421 - £35,692 per annum

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity’s needs with those of the natural world.

It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes – which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet.

Over 300 scientists based at the Museum tackle important global challenges, spanning mineral scarcity, food security and biodiversity loss. The Museum is globally renowned for excellence in science and research and championing digital capacity and innovation.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats.  Building on our world-leading collection, global reputation for science and as one of the world’s leading visitor attractions, the NHM has ambitious plans leading up to the 150 anniversary of the opening of the Waterhouse Building in 2031, making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

You will develop and implement a multi-year communications strategy aligned with the development of a new site at Harwell, to increase engagement with scientific users of the NHM’s collections and scientific partners, both national and international.

You will be working in a fast-paced and varied environment, playing a crucial role in shifting perceptions of the Museum, helping us to fully realise the benefits of the new site.

This role is suitable for flexible working and could be filled at any level between 3 to 5 days a week or an alternative arrangement such as term time only. Please note that a pro rata salary will be applied for arrangements below a full time equivalent.

About you

A talented self-starter, you will be an experienced communications professional with the ability to establish key relationships quickly.

You will be able to consistently and accurately communicate complex ideas to specialist and non-specialists, ideally gained through working with academics, scientists or technical specialists.
Fixed Term Contract: 7 years

Closing date: 9am on Monday 17 August 2020

Interviews will be held: 31 August & 1 September                      

What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution up to 10%)
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across the country, such as the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Royal Academy and Tate
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including a free digital Tastecard, discounted cinema tickets and corporate membership of English Heritage sites (including Dover Castle and Stonehenge). For more details, visit
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi
  • Staff discounts at a range of local businesses and services
  • Up to 50% staff discount at our shops and cafes
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loans
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Professional development opportunities – We are committed to the professional development of our staff and offer a range of courses to ensure they reach their potential.  We also sponsor professional qualifications and job-related professional membership fees.


How to apply


How to apply

If that sounds like you please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, and provide:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
  • A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the person specification
  • Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome applications from everyone – diversity, inclusion and the feeling of belonging matters to us.  By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of diverse backgrounds we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.  We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work. This is a remarkable place we look for staff who can work according to our values – we champion diversity, encourage creativity, we are connected, and we value evidence.


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