Public Engagement Development Coordinator (Major Projects)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic Public Engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus as a Public Engagement Development Coordinator on a fixed term contract.

You will support staff across the Wellcome Genome Campus in the development and delivery of effective public engagement activities, with a particular focus on embedding public engagement within major research projects.

About the role:

You will take a leading role in implementing public engagement strategies and activities for some of our larger research projects. This will involve working closely with academic/research leads, senior managers and research staff across campus, in particular those involved in two major research projects – the CRUK Grand Challenge Project and the Human Cell Atlas.

You will get involved in developing and coordinating the public engagement (PE) and patient and public involvement (PPI) work associated with these research projects, and providing support and training for the scientific staff involved. Whilst the purpose of this role is to take a lead on these projects, you will also work closely with the wider PE team to utilise specific expertise in engagement and education, as well as contribute to initiatives around our wider campus public engagement culture.

About us:

The Public Engagement team is part of Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science – a programme with four teams whose overall mission is to enable everyone to connect with genomics and biodata and its wider impact on health and society.

Essential Skills:
First degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or Public Engagement related field
Established track record of public engagement involving varied audiences and working with different stakeholders
High-level interpersonal skills and ability to work within small and large teams
Experience of working in an academic and/or research environment and preferably, with engagement and/or impact work associated with research projects
Experience of working with different external stakeholders and communities, for example patient and public involvement groups, professional organisations, charities and funding bodies
Flexibility in working style and practice including working for short periods away
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends
Excellent organisation and planning skills
Ability to communicate with internal stakeholders, from senior academics to support staff, with tact and diplomacy
Experience with basic computer software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint
Ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads
Ability to solve problems and resolve day-to-day conflicts with respect to delivery of activity
Good attention to detail and ability to develop risk assessments and contingency plans
Experience of evaluating activities

Ideal Skills:
Second degree in Public Engagement related discipline
Experience with organising or implementing public/stakeholder engagement activities with international networks or consortia
Evidence of engagement with policy makers or thinktanks
Evidence of engagement with patient and public involvement programmes
Experience of the higher education impact agenda or the Research Excellence Framework
Full UK driving license

Application Instructions: 

For further information, full job description and to apply please visit https://www.sanger.ac.uk/about/careers

Application Closing Date: 
16 October