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SAPRI Engagement Manager

Foreshore, Cape Town
Date Posted:
24 May 2024
Closing Date:
13 June 2024

The South African Polar Research Infrastructure (SAPRI) requires the services of an Engagement Manager responsible for coordinating and implementing SAPRI’s Engagement Strategy. These responsibilities will include engagement events, public education activities, outreach activities, and exhibits, and coordinating and managing the mentorship programme.

As per job advertisement:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Finalising, coordinating, and implementing the SAPRI Engagement Strategy and Implementation Plan;
  • Organising engagement events and exhibits, including collaborating and working closely with the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA), and other stakeholders where applicable;
  • Coordinating and managing the mentorship programme;
  • Visiting tertiary institutions that were not previously involved in marine and polar research;
  • Developing and coordinating engagement initiatives and creative outreach strategies to engage students, scholars, the public and stakeholders to create interest in and understanding of the benefits of marine and polar research;
  • Coordinating event logistics; managing strategic direction, concepts, and visioning for events; working to create event programming and content; and creating event communications and marketing in collaboration with the DPS Research Coordinator;
  • Assisting with digital communications and marketing when necessary;
  • Maintaining a public presence and building relationships with community members and media representatives; and participating in external events as appropriate;
  • Serving as a professional and enthusiastic ambassador for SAPRI and its programmes;
  • Assisting with event photography as needed;
  • Supporting SAPRI with news media and public speaking obligations as needed;
  • Maintaining existing engagement partner relationships and sourcing new partners;
  • Maintaining and ensuring SAPRI’s brand consistency in all communications;
  • Writing news posts for the website and newsletter articles on activities;
  • Writing up activities for monthly, quarterly, and annual DPS and SAPRI reports;
  • Attending the SCAR Open Science Biennial Conference (funding dependent);
  • Becoming a member of The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Action Group on Public Engagement with Antarctic Research (PEAR).

*Employment will be through Stellenbosch University; however, the main work location will be the SAPRI office based at the NRF-SAEON Egagasini Node in Cape Town with visits to the Stellenbosch office as required.

Apply before: 13 June 2024

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