Communications Officer

University of Stirling - Communications, Marketing & Public Engagement

Location: Stirling Campus

The Post

The post sits within the Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement Directorate, which provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University’s senior management team. By adopting an integrated, holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University’s strategic messages are effectively conveyed to, and understood by, our stakeholders across all communications platforms.

The Communications Officer will work as part of the professional service offered by the Directorate’s Communications team, in support of the strategic communication requirements of the University. The successful candidate will focus, in particular, on media relations, research communications, speech writing, reputation management and contribute to a wide range of corporate communications.

The post-holder will also work closely with colleagues from the Marketing team, to develop and deliver integrated marketing-communications projects which enhance the University’s national and international profile and reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

The role requires someone who has excellent communication skills and a flair for writing; equally adept at pitching to journalists as preparing strategic briefings for senior officers. The post should attract a confident, tenacious self-starter who thrives on building strong internal and external relationships and networks.

Description of Duties

  • Research, write and edit media releases, and secure placement of news stories in local, national and international media.
  • Research, write, edit and proof-read copy for a wide range of communications platforms, including written publications, internal communications channels, social media and the website.
  • Work closely with academics to identify opportunities to promote their research and enhance the profile of the University at a national and international level.
  • Contribute to the successful membership of The Conversation by identifying and organising publishing opportunities for academics.
  • Provide a speech-writing service to senior University officers, including the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and the University Secretary.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of integrated marketing-communications projects and public relations campaigns with colleagues across Service Directorates and Faculties.
  • Represent the Directorate on committees and working groups.
  • Handle incoming media enquiries and facilitate requests for interview, expert comment, filming/photography – providing media training guidance and support when required.
  • Prepare briefings for senior University officials and compile a weekly Higher Education report.
  • Monitor and screen media outlets and compile daily summary of media coverage.
  • Analyse data from the team’s media monitoring database, to compile monthly/quarterly media coverage reports.
  • Provide communications planning and support for key University events, including Graduation and student recruitment days.
  • Write, edit and post content for the University intranet and website, using the Terminal four content management system.
  • Work as part of the out-of-hours rota, responding to media enquiries at evenings and weekends.
  • Work as part of the team responsible for emergency response and crisis communications.
  • Adopt a flexible approach to work and be prepared to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Encourage effective communications practice across the University.
  • Participate in the general activities of the Communications team as required and specified by the Communications Manager, Head of Communications, and Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

For further information, including essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see www.stir.ac.uk/jobs

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