21 May 2019

Communications Officer

The DHS is seeking a new Communications Officer to promote the activities of the Society primarily as Editor of the digital newsletter and key online and printed content.

Role Summary

The Communications Officer serves on the Board of Trustees of the DHS, working closely with the Administrator and reporting directly to the Chair of the Executive Committee. In addition to general Trustee duties, the Communications Officer has three key responsibilities: editing the quarterly newsletter, ensuring the website and social media platforms are up to date, and overseeing the production of printed materials for the society. The post is unpaid, for an initial term of 3 years, but reasonable travel and care costs will be reimbursed in accordance with the DHS expenses policy. Trustees are eligible for free registration at the Annual Conference and other Society events.

Key Responsibilities

1. Working with the Society’s Administrator to maintain the DHS website and social media profiles. This includes:

- Ensuring online content is up to date and accurate

- Planning and sourcing relevant blog content

- Sustaining a coherent social media presence

- Supporting DHS ambassadors in generating lively and relevant social media and website content.

2. Editing of the DHS Quarterly Newsletter. This includes:

- Planning and sourcing newsletter content relevant for DHS members, such as society news, coverage of the Society’s varied activities and reports on DHS-sponsored awards.

- Liaising with committee members, award-recipients and other authors to maintain a healthy pipeline of content.

- Proof reading articles.

- Designing the layout of the newsletter and circulating to the membership in a timely manner (via Mailchimp).

3. Overseeing the production of a range of publicity and communication materials (including the Annual Report for the Society’s AGM) whilst maintaining the strong and coherent visual identity for the Society.

4. Liaising with other Committee members about the promotion of individual activities of the Society.

Personal Requirements

- A strong interest in the history of design or related fields (essential).

- Commitment to equal opportunities and inclusive practices (essential)

- Excellent writing and editing skills (Essential)

- Experience of working with authors and delivering written projects to deadline (desirable).

- Knowledge/experience of graphic design, including image editing/resizing, saving images for web publishing, and a working knowledge of relevant software such as In- Design and Photoshop (desirable).

- Social media experience (desirable).

Please note: Trustees must be members of the Design History Society.

For more information about the role, or if you have any questions, please contact the Secretary (Dr Josie Kane)at josie.kane@rca.ac.uk

To apply, complete an application form and return to the DHS Administrator at designhistorysociety@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions is 5pm, 14 June 2019.

The DHS is committed to progressing equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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