RAI Forensic Anthropology and Fundraising Officer

DEADLINE Friday 24 June 2022 - UK

Part-time (3 days a week)

Further particulars

The Royal Anthropological Institute is a flourishing and busy learned society. In recognition of its success, it has recently been awarded a Royal Charter. In order to help administer the ongoing expansion of its activities, the institute is now seeking to appoint an officer to assist with its Forensic Anthropology programme, and with fundraising. The position will be three days a week, divided approximately into one day a week for Forensic Anthropology, and two days a week fundraising. Amongst the core duties will be to act as secretary to two committees: to the Forensic Anthropology Committee, and to the Fundraising Sub-Committee. As with all the RAI’s staff, the successful candidate will be expected to develop the areas to which they contribute with flair and acumen.

The RAI has in recent years run a programme of certification of Forensic Anthropologists. Divided into three categories, FAI, FAII, and FAIII, it is designed to assist the recognition of the competence of forensic anthropologists from the time that they are starting out (FAIII) to acknowledgement of being independent practitioners at the highest level (FAI), which confers chartered status. The Forensic Anthropology Administrator will take responsibility for overseeing the application process, obtaining references and reports where appropriate, ensuring that the exam process takes place smoothly and otherwise assisting the success of the forensic anthropology charter programme nationally and internationally.

The Forensic Anthropology Officer reports to the Director of the RAI, and is additionally assisted in their duties by working with the Forensic Anthropology Committee, and other voluntary committees drawn from the Fellows of the RAI, and the Forensic Anthropology community set up to help administer and advise the process. The Forensic Anthropology Officer also acts as secretary to the Forensic Anthropology Committee of the RAI, takes minutes of its meetings, and otherwise acts to advise and encourage its activities.

As the RAI Fundraising Officer, the successful candidate will work with the fundraising committee, and in consultation with the Director and its members develop and submit appropriate funding applications for research and public engagement activities, seeking out and noting opportunities, helping to write proposals, and otherwise engage as may be required with the fundraising activities of the RAI, which may also include related activities, for example helping with marketing. In addition the successful candidate will be expected to join in more generally with the day-to-day activities of the institute as may be required. Occasionally this will mean working as one of a team on planning large events, or other initiatives that may emerge.

The RAI Forensic Anthropology and Fundraising Officer will have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology. Underpinning the role will be a requirement to engage closely with the future of the RAI as an active and flourishing institute operating nationally and internationally at the highest level. The ideal candidate will have experience of fundraising for a membership organisation and/or learned society and have a demonstrable interest and familiarity with the administration and nurturing of income generating projects. Current projects under development are an RAI Education and Learning hub, and an expanding Film Festival.

The Forensic Anthropology and Fundraising Officer will need to be a communicator, competent at using social and other online media, as well as good at face-to-face contact. An active interest in anthropology will also be especially valuable. Working as part of a small and dedicated team, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out tasks in close collaboration with colleagues, as well as to work unsupervised, and to lend a hand in more general tasks as required. It is essential that they subscribe to, and are ready to work within the remit of the RAI so as to ensure the furtherance and success of the communication of anthropology for the public good.

Summary job description

The Forensic Anthropology and Fundraising Officer works at the RAI’s premises in London. They liaise with the Forensic Anthropology Committee and related groups on academic matters and report to the RAI Director. The main responsibilities of the role fall under the following headings.

  • Ongoing management and development of the RAI’s forensic anthropology certification programme.
  • Secretary to the Forensic Anthropology committee; liaising with the Committee Chair and members, arranging meetings as required; preparing documents and writing minutes.
  • External liaison; active development of, and participation in, the RAI’s national and international outreach in the area of forensic anthropology, and in other areas as opportunities arise.
  • Secretary to the Fundraising sub-committee; liaising with and assisting the Committee Chair as may be necessary, arranging meetings as required; preparing documents and writing minutes.
  • Work with the Director and RAI staff on the development of RAI research grants, public outreach and other project applications with a view to helping to secure funding.
  • Active engagement with other RAI operations and staff, harnessing and sharing the potential of working together as a team.
  • Assist with other RAI events and their marketing, including research seminars and workshops, and the RAI’s conferences as may be appropriate.
  • Interact with other RAI staff members and fellows as part of a small but busy team, and lend a hand in other tasks as required (e.g. receiving visitors to the RAI, covering telephone enquiries when the Office Manager is on leave, generally contributing to the day-to-day administration of the RAI).

Person specification



Post name: RAI Forensic Anthropology and Fundraising Officer (Part-time (3 days a week))    
Knowledge & experience Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology *  
  Postgraduate degree in anthropology   *
  Active interest in engaging with academic life *  
  Experience in administration and/or research and fundraising   *
  Good command or capability of attaining a good command of digital dissemination of contemporary research and anthropological approaches. *  
Communication Excellent command of English, written and oral *  
  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills *  
  Ability and willingness to develop the programmes of the RAI *  
  Ability and willingness to contribute to collegiality generally in the RAI *  
Decision making Ability and willingness to take responsibility for leading activities related to the forensic anthropology programme of the of the RAI under the guidance of the RAI’s Forensic Anthropology Committee and Director *  
  Ability and willingness to take independent decisions *  
General Ability and willingness to work from the RAI’s offices in London *  
  Permission to reside and work in the UK *  



The salary will be £18,872 per annum for a three-day week post (equivalent to full time salary of £31,452) plus 10% pension, permanent after probationary period, inclusive of London Allowance.

Application process

The closing date for applications is 24 June 2022. Applications, which should consist of letter and CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent to admin@therai.org.uk. References will be taken up for short-listed candidates only. If for any reason, it would be preferred that the RAI not take up a reference at the interview stage this should be clearly indicated.

It is likely that interviews will be held on 12 July 2022, with a view to an agreed start as soon after that date as is feasible, but with the presumption that the successful candidate will start by 1 September 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 5 July 2022. Informal enquiries may be addressed to admin@therai.org.uk.