Social Media Manager (Maternity Cover)

Are you a social media expert who enjoys creating new and engaging digital and social-first content? 

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Job Title:                    Social Media Manager (Maternity Cover)

Accountable to:         Head of Digital

Location:                    Albemarle Street, London, with some remote working

Contract type:            Fixed term, 12-13 months maternity cover, starting September 2023, Full-time, 35 hours per week.

Salary:                        c.£37k per annum, depending on experience


About the role

We are looking for a Social Media Manager to bridge our Digital, and Marketing and Communications teams, to help maximise revenue and engagement through paid social and digital marketing.

With excellent communications skills, an eye for detail and the ability to be clear-headed under pressure, you will be the Ri’s go-to person for all things social media. Working closely with our Head of Digital you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of our social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok) and lead on marketing and fundraising social media campaigns across the Ri.

This role is the perfect opportunity to combine your experience working in social media and an interest in science with your analytical skills and strategic thinking, working with colleagues across the Ri to help grow our social media channels.

About you

Do you have:

  • experience of creating engaging, audience-focussed content, ideally search engine optimised, for different social media platforms and audiences?
  • a deep understanding of the social media landscape and the ability and desire to horizon scan for the latest developments and opportunities?
  • experience of creating and managing successful social media campaigns to increase engagement with key audience groups?
  • Knowledge of analytics tools and techniques, including Google Analytics, and UTM tracking?
  • Experience of Adobe Creative Cloud software (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign etc)?
  • Experience of running paid social media advertising?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

In return, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package that includes generous leave entitlement, enhanced sickness pay, matched pension contributions up to 7%, and the chance to play a part in the future of the Ri.


To apply, please review the full job description and person specification, and send your CV and supporting statement of no more than 500 words explaining why you want the job and how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification to no later than 9.00am on Tuesday 1 August 2023.

We may interview as applications come in and we may close the application process early if we receive a strong field of applications so please do apply as soon as you can.

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.


About the Ri

The Royal Institution (Ri) is an independent charity, and our purpose is to create opportunities for as many people as possible to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. We’ve been doing this for well over 200 years and it’s more important today than ever. 

The Ri sees digital as a means to deepen our relationships with current audiences and increase their reach and diversity, as well as generating a growing income stream. Our digital channels bring thought-provoking science and our rich heritage to millions of people online, many of whom may never set foot in our historic and iconic building in London.

Through our YouTube channel, we have already established ourselves as a world-leader in in-depth, longform science video. Our monthly podcasts and online communities are growing fast, and we are reaching new audiences across all of our digital platforms.