Head of Government Relations, the Natural History Museum

The world is changing and so are we. Help us make an impact for future generations.

The natural world is evolving fast and we’re making critical choices at a time when people are more disconnected than ever before from their physical environment. As a world-leading scientific institution and an awe-inspiring, iconic educational attraction, the Natural History Museum is powerfully placed to help individuals, governments and society at large make better decisions for the future.  

The Museum has set out an ambitious five-year strategic plan to respond best to global scientific challenges and engage society in that mission, and a succession of exciting initiatives are transforming the Museum’s experience both within and outside its walls - nationally, globally and digitally.

The Role
Working with colleagues across the Museum, particularly the Director of the Museum, the Head of Government Relations will be responsible for developing the NHM’s profile, positioning and relationships within Government and relevant arms-length bodies on a London, national and international basis – working to build support and advocacy for the transformation strategy and the Museum’s ongoing role in public and scientific life. Our sponsoring Government department is DCMS and we work with BEIS, Defra, DfE, DfID, Number 10 and the Treasury amongst others.

Reporting to the Head of Strategic Communications, this newly-created role is a key strategic position in the NHM’s enhanced communications team.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will have significant expertise and experience in working with the machinery of government, advising at a high level to build visibility, support and momentum in a challenging environment. He or she will be creative, curious and culturally sensitive with a strong eye for detail and a clear customer focus. Proven experience of managing complex stakeholder relationships and working closely with senior staff are also vital.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an engaging and experienced professional to play a major role in the transformation of a world–renowned institution and challenge the way people think about the natural world. If this role is for you please send your CV and covering letter (500 words max) to Chris Wrigley, Recruitment Manager on c.wrigley@nhm.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 20 September 2016 and interviews are currently scheduled for 29 and 30 September 2016.

Closing Date
Tuesday, 20 September, 2016

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