Vacancy: Events Officer, Royal Historical Society


The Royal Historical Society seeks to appoint an Events Officer (part-time) to help support and develop its ambitious events programme for historians.

  • Job Title: Events Officer (part-time)
  • Contract: 0.6 FTE (3 days a week). Fixed Term. 12 months in the first instance, with potential for extension to permanent
  • Salary: UCL Non-clinical pay scale: spine point 21, currently £31,131 including London weighting at full time, pro-rated to £18,679 at 0.6FTE
  • Location: Hybrid – remote and RHS Office (UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT). This role is expected to attend all events based at UCL, as well as at selected events held elsewhere.
  • Application closing date: 23:59 GMT, Friday 27 January 2023
  • Start Date: As soon as possible after interviews; interviews to take place in week commencing 13 February.

Further details of the Events Officer role are available here, with applications made via the RHS Jobs Portal.

Royal Historical Society: mission and aims

The Royal Historical Society (RHS) is a registered charity, founded in 1868, with over 5,000 Fellows and Members. As a learned society, the RHS champions the discipline of history both within Higher Education and well beyond. Our remit is to support historians of all kinds to undertake and encourage historical research and understanding; to represent history as a discipline and historians as a group; and to promote greater equality and representation within historical practice. We are also working towards making our own organisation more effective, diverse, and broader in terms of its activities and membership.

The Society’s events programme: current and future

In doing so, the Royal Historical Society undertakes a wide range of activities, including research funding, academic publishing, awards, policy research and advocacy, and a growing portfolio of events. The Society has a long-running and respected programme of public lectures given by leading historians. Many of these events are hosted at or near the Society’s offices at University College London, though others take place across the UK.

More recently, we have extended the range and frequency of our events (online, physical and hybrid) to include: panel discussions, day conferences, training and research workshops, visits to History departments across the UK, and partnership events (working with organisations such as The National Archives; Gresham College, London; and the Institute of Historical Research). The Society is keen to increase further the kinds of events we offer to our members and the wider community.

Creation of the Events Officer role

The RHS Events Officer (part-time) role has been created to help us realise these ambitions, and to provide expert operational support in the planning, promotion and running of our current and future events programme. We therefore seek an experienced and highly capable events professional to work with the Society’s academic specialists, with the latter responsible for developing a programme that meets the interests of our membership.

The Events Officer will be part of the Society’s small office team, and work closely with the Society’s Academic Director, as well as its CEO, Membership and Grants Officer, and Communications and Operations Administrator. The postholder will apply their skills, aptitudes and enthusiasm to organising events in a busy, productive and informal atmosphere.

In addition to its public-facing events, the Society also runs a monthly series of internal governance meetings for its Council and committees. The Events Officer will also take operational responsibility for the managing of these, and other, meetings of the Society, including attendees’ travel and accommodation. The Events Officer will also be responsible for minute taking at a selection of internal committees, including that with oversight of RHS events.

Further details and making an application

Having read the Job Description and Specifications, please submit your application via the RHS Jobs Portal by the closing date: 23:59 GMT on Friday 27 January 2023.