It’s an exciting time to join the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London. Following a review of the Faculty’s research support functions, a new team – the Impact & Knowledge Exchange (IKE) team – has been created 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 across London, UK and internationally. Additionally, the team was recently successful in securing a £450,000 grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council which will: enable creative and innovative activities to maximize the cultural and societal impact of the Faculty’s research, particularly among marginalized communities; expand existing strategic partnerships and create new ones with cultural and civil society organizations; and improve the engagement and impact of literacy among researchers.
As a key member of the IKE team, the incumbent will provide support to the Faculty’s integrated impact, engagement and knowledge exchange programs and take operational leadership of our REACH (research and engagement) space. in the arts, culture and humanities), curating it to provide spaces for connection, collaboration and engagement that generate ideas, learning and activities aimed at making a real difference in the world.
As part of the IKE team, the role holder will:
• Provide expert advice to researchers at all levels of the Faculty on how to create impactful and mutually beneficial engagement partnerships with cultural and civil society organizations
• Design new professional development activities and contribute to existing ones aimed at improving engagement and understanding of impact among researchers, with particular emphasis on inclusion and assessment of the impact of engagement activities
• Take operational leadership of the REACH space, organizing the space as a platform for networking, problem solving and idea generation
• Provide operational support for a range of internally and externally funded engagement and impact activities, supporting the capture and dissemination of learning and good practice from these activities
• Forge partnerships with other external faculty and college teams (e.g. culture, service, London, research culture, cluster research teams) to maximize opportunities for impactful engagement activities in spaces around the college
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.
The incumbent will report to the Faculty Impact and Knowledge Exchange Manager and may eventually assume line management responsibility for 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 enables the flourishing and highlighting of engagement and impact activities that bring about positive societal change.
We envision the incumbent working in two main areas:
(1) Capacity building activities
Activities to support researcher engagement and impact literacy. These activities may include, but are not limited to:
• Advise scholars on how to negotiate and evaluate mutually beneficial partnerships and engagement activities with cultural and civil society organizations, particularly partners typically marginalized by the Academy
• Support existing professional development opportunities or develop new ones for researchers – for example, by designing inclusive engagement activities; on effective collaboration; on evaluating the impact of engagement activities
• Support the capture and dissemination of learning and good practices from internally and externally funded IKE projects
• Collaborate with the Faculty’s communications team to improve the presence of IKE activities on internal and external web pages
• Support researchers to identify solutions to engagement and impact issues as they arise
(2) Delivery activities
Operational activities that support Faculty-funded or externally funded engagement and impact projects. These activities may include, but are not limited to:
• Take the operational direction of the REACH space, by strengthening its role as a platform for engagement and impact for the use of researchers from the Faculty
• Provide operational support for a range of internally and externally funded strategic IKE projects
• 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
• Promote and support a culture of equality, diversity, inclusion and sustainability in relation to engagement and impact work
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the job 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, public engagement)
2. Experience providing diplomatic and professional advice to researchers on how to build and evaluate impactful and mutually beneficial partnerships and engagement activities with cultural and civil society organizations
3. Experience managing various programs of impactful engagement activities that cross organizational boundaries
4. Experience designing and delivering professional development opportunities related to engagement/impact
5. Excellent collaboration skills, able to communicate with and influence a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
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. Good understanding of the research life cycle, from idea conception to dissemination
9. Effective team player, ready to support other team members when and where needed
10. Resilient under pressure, able to balance competing priorities
1. A good understanding of higher education programs around the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)
2. Experience in line management and service management
As the role requires in-person presence for a range of 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, June 10, 2022
Previous applicants do not need to reapply.