Royal Historical Society Research & Communications Officer

2 January 2019


Job Title:             Research and Communications Officer, Royal Historical Society

Location:             Bloomsbury, London (University College London)

Permanent:        0.5 FTE

Grade 7:               £ 35,328  (inc London weighting)

Start Date:          1 March 2019

Reports to: Honorary Secretary


The Royal Historical Society (RHS) is the UK’s leading learned society for the discipline of History, with over 4,000 members nationally and internationally.  The Society: represents history as a discipline and historians as a group; promotes the vitality of historical scholarship through support for research and publication; advocates best practice in history teaching in universities and schools; provides a forum for all historians to meet and exchange ideas; and supports and encourages early career historians.  In the past decade, the Society’s engagement with policy work has expanded significantly, and the advertised post reflects that increased engagement, with includes equalities work, open access publishing and both REF and TEF related developments.  Additionally, the Society has launched a blog, Historical Transactions ( ) to showcase its activities and explore a wide range of topics relevant for History.  The appointed candidate will have primary responsibility for this blog.

Main Purpose of the Job:

The Research and Communications Officer is responsible for overall day-to-day management of the website and the Society’s communications (including primary editorial responsibility for Historical Transactions) and Twitter account.  Working with the president, vice presidents and other officers and Council members of the Society as well as with the Executive and Administrative Secretaries from the Society’s Bloomsbury office, to showcase RHS activities is an essential component of this post.  The post-holder will also also support the Society’s research activities (including statistical analysis and report-writing) and our Education Policy and Research Policy Committees.  Some deputising for the president and other officers of the society at London-based meetings will also form part of the duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Updating the RHS website, especially its policy, research and education pages;
  • In collaboration with officers and Council members of the Society, sourcing content for and editing Historical Transactions;
  • Conducting research, drafting text and editing material for the Society’s occasional reports on policy issues;
  • Working with the Society’s officers to create new online resources, including a teaching portal;
  • Primary responsibility for the Society’s social media profile;
  • Attending Council meetings and the Education Policy and Research Policy Committees of Council;
  • Deputising as appropriate at London-based meetings for the president and other officers of the Society.

Person Specification:


  • Qualification, experience & knowledge:  PhD in History (Essential)
  • Experience of scholarly publishing/authorship or editing (Essential)
  • Experience of web page creation and management (Essential)
  • Experience of creating content for social media (Essential)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UK higher education landscape (Essential)
  • Demonstrated research using statistical analysis (Desirable)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong all-round computer literacy (Essential)
  • Excellent standard of written English including ability to draft and edit copy (Essential)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate to academic and non-academic audiences (Essential)
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team (Essential)
  • Familiarity with WordPress (Desirable)

Personal Attributes:

  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Ability to travel within the UK to attend occasional RHS events outside London

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

The Royal Historical Society values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities.

Submit your  Application

Applications to include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Names of 2 references
  • a 100 – word proposal for an Historical Transactions


Applications should be sent to the Executive Secretary Dr Sue Carr (  or by post to Royal Historical Society, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT) by Friday 18 January 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Monday 21 January 2019.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 28 January 2019.

Download file: R&C Officer Job Specification Jan 2019