The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London is currently home to 12 academic departments, several research centers and almost 400 academic staff.
Based in the Faculty’s newly created Impact & Knowledge Exchange (IKE) team, the incumbent will provide operational support to the Faculty’s integrated research, service and knowledge exchange impact programs and lead in specific areas, planning for online or offline engagement and partnership activities. The main objective of the role is to support the development of a culture that shapes and sustains the public impact of the Faculty’s research to bring about positive societal change in London, the UK and internationally.
To fulfill this objective, the role holder will:
- Provide expert advice to researchers at all levels of the Faculty on how to create impactful and mutually beneficial research and knowledge exchange partnerships with cultural and civil society organizations
- Support scholars in building partnerships with organizations and groups typically marginalized by academic and arts institutions
- Forge partnerships with other external faculty and college teams (e.g. culture, service, London, research culture, cluster research teams) to maximize opportunities for research and exchange activities of impactful knowledge in the spaces around the college
- Manage engagement and event delivery and support to scholars across the Faculty
- Provide operational support for a range of internally and externally funded IKE activities, supporting the capture and dissemination of learning and good practice from these activities
- Contribute to a range of professional development activities aimed at improving IKE literacy among scholars at all levels of the Faculty
The incumbent will report to the Faculty Impact and Knowledge Exchange Manager and manage the Faculty Engagement and Events Coordinator.
This position will be offered on a full-time, indefinite-term contract.
This is a new role at the Faculty and therefore responsibilities may change over time. All responsibilities will be aimed at nurturing a culture across the Faculty that allows impact, knowledge exchange and engagement activities to flourish that bring about positive societal change.
We envision that the role holder:
- Advise scholars on how to negotiate impactful and mutually beneficial research and knowledge exchange partnerships with non-academic partners, especially partners typically marginalized by the Academy
- Deploy their specialized expertise (e.g. in research/co-production/community engagement/impact collaborations) to advise researchers in creative engagement and in the production of alternative forms of knowledge
- Use their knowledge of the cultural and community sectors to provide insights and advice to researchers on potential project partners and to address emerging issues
- Manage a Faculty-wide event delivery and support function, managing the Engagement and Events Coordinator line
- Promote and support a culture of equality, diversity, inclusion and sustainability in relation to working in impactful partnerships
- Provide operational support to the activities of the extended IKE team which will include, among others:
– Support the development of procedures and processes to document and evaluate Faculty IKE activities, in close consultation with the Faculty Research Data and Information Coordinator
– Support the capture and dissemination of learning and good practices from internally funded IKE projects
– Support IKE’s professional development program, contribute to existing training opportunities or design new ones to improve impact and knowledge exchange
– Support the delivery of activities resulting from the capture of external grants
- Take charge of the REACH space (Research & Engagement in the Arts, Culture & Humanities) of the Faculty when it will be operational again after Covid-19
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the position.
Skills, knowledge and experience
1. Undergraduate or professional qualifications/experience in a relevant discipline or area of work (e.g. arts, culture, humanities, social sciences, community engagement)
2. Experience in one or more of the following areas: socially engaged research / community engagement / public engagement in research / co-production / research impact / knowledge exchange / research collaborations
3. Experience advising researchers at all levels on how to create impactful and mutually beneficial research and knowledge exchange partnerships with cultural and civil society organizations
4. Experience establishing and evaluating inclusive and mutually beneficial collaborations with external communities, particularly small-scale cultural and civil society organizations and/or communities of interest
5. Effective project management skills, with experience managing projects that cross organizational boundaries
6. Self-motivated, with a commitment to excellence in self and others
7. Ability to think creatively with originality and insight and to help others do the same
8. Diplomatic and able to work with a wider variety of people in a professional and assertive manner
9. Good understanding of the research life cycle, from conception of ideas to dissemination
10. Effective team player, ready to support other team members when and where needed
1. A good understanding of higher education programs around the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)
2. Experience in designing and delivering training for researchers
3. Experience in line management and service management
As the role requires a range of partnership building activities, we will generally require the job holder to work at least three days a week from our central London campus on the Strand.
Interviews will take place in person on Friday, April 1, 2022