DEADLINE: 25 March 2024

RAI Publications Officer

Part-time (2 days a week)

Status: Permanent after probation

Further particulars

The Royal Anthropological Institute is a flourishing and busy learned society, which has a long record of first-class publishing, including the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, the publication of record for anthropology in Britain. The RAI now seeks a Publications Officer to help administer these publications. Amongst the core duties will be to oversee the reviews section of the JRAI, administer the annual Special Issue competition, and act as secretary to the RAI Publications 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 Publications Officer reports to the Director of the RAI. 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 Publications Officer is likely to have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology or a closely related field. 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 be able to engage closely with the rapidly changing world of publishing. 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.

The successful candidate will live within easy travelling distance of the RAI, and be able to work at the RAI for a large proportion of their working hours. For this reason, this role is not suited to remote working.

If a suitable candidate presents themselves, it may in principle be possible to combine working at the RAI with pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at a university in the vicinity.

Summary job description

The Publications Officer works at the RAI’s premises in London. They report to the RAI’s Director, and liaise with the Publications Committee. The main responsibilities of the role fall under the following headings.

  • Ongoing management and development of the Review Section of the JRAI in co-operation with the JRAI Honorary Reviews Editor, including liaising with reviewers, and submitting the review section to the publisher regularly.
  • Overseeing the administration of the Annual Special Issue Competition, including liaising with assessors, referees, authors and so on.
  • Secretary to Publications Committee, arranging meetings as required; preparing documents and writing minutes.
  • External liaison; active development of, and participation in, the RAI’s events as may be required.
  • Active engagement with other RAI operations and staff, harnessing and sharing the potential of working together as a team.
  • Readiness to 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

PERSON SPECIFICATION   Essential Desirable
Post name: RAI Publications Officer    
Knowledge & experience Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology or in closely related subject *  
  Postgraduate degree in anthropology   *
  Active interest in engaging with academic life *  
  Experience in administration and/or research   *
  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 *  
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 £14,095 per annum for a two-day week post (equivalent to full time salary of £35,237) plus 10% pension, permanent after probationary period, inclusive of London Allowance.

Application process

The closing date for applications is 25 March 2024. Applications, which should consist of letter and CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent to 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 or around 9 April 2024, 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 May 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 1 April 2024. Informal enquiries may be addressed to