Head of Communications & Public Affairs – Maternity Leave Cover (12-Month Fixed-Term Contract)


22nd August 2022

The British Academy – the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences – is seeking a Head of Communications and Public Affairs to lead a busy team within an integrated Communications Department. The successful candidate, who will already have senior-level experience in a comparable organisation, will take responsibility for the overall management, planning and delivery of the Academy’s press and public affairs, as well as playing a key role in the delivery of the overall communications strategy.

You will ensure the effective promotion of the full range of the Academy’s growing range of activities to help build the Academy’s reach and impact and particularly for our programmes aimed at policy-makers and civil society on subjects varying from purposeful business to childhood development and the societal and cultural implications of the pandemic.

You will seek innovative ways of increasing public awareness of the importance and public value of our disciplines and support our research award holders in securing coverage for their work.

Due to the fixed-term nature of the role, we are looking for the successful candidate to be able to start in the role by early October. Please let us know in your application if this is going to be an issue.

The British Academy offers 34 days of annual holiday (not including bank holidays), attractive benefits (including a defined benefit pension scheme) and a supportive working environment.


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion statement 

As a key part of our People Strategy, the British Academy is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, promoting equal opportunity, and addressing under-representation. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria. You can find more information on the Academy’s vision and current activities here: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/about/equality-diversity-inclusion-british-academy/


Find more information about the role and apply online here 


Closing date: 12pm (GMT) on Monday 22 August 2022.

Interview date: Monday 12 September 2022.