Public Engagement and Communications Officer

University of Essex - Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, Essex Business School

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, Essex Business School

The University of Essex is at the forefront of the UK’s Big Data network with the creation of a new Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLG DRC).

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the £5 million Centre is led by the University of Essex working in partnership with the Universities of East Anglia and Kent, who together form the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (ARC). BLG DRC is based in the Essex Business School and is located in the Knowledge Gateway, the Science and Research Park at the Colchester Campus.

BLG DRC was established in 2014 as a national centre of expertise for data users across academic and non-academic sectors, offering a vibrant environment to foster and enable innovative research by supporting business, local government and academics to harness the potential of complex big data where traditional analysis techniques may not apply. The Centre offers an integrated outreach programme comprising training, knowledge exchange and public engagement activities.

The Role and Duties

The Public Engagement and Communications Officer is responsible for setting the communications strategy for the Centre and coordinating the communications and publicity activities of the Centre. This is a key role to ensure the impact of our research and outreach activities reach not only a wide range of media audiences but also policy makers, opinion formers and the general public.

Duties will include developing positive working relationships with academics to identify research outputs and activities for communication; evaluating and interpreting academic research outputs and re-purpose them for policy and other non-academic audiences; and building relationships with media outlets and individual journalists writing and broadcasting in areas interested in the Centre’s research outputs.

Qualifications and Skills required

Applicants are required to be educated to at least A-level standard (or equivalent) whilst holding a first degree in a relevant subject is desirable but not essential.

Candidates should have previous experience of working in a communications role and of developing working relationships with the media and external stakeholders. The ability to edit web content, create publicity materials and establish and maintain a social media presence is also necessary. 

This full-time post, to start as soon as possible, is fixed-term until 30 January 2019 due to the project grant coming to an end.

The University welcomes both external and internal applications for this post. If you are a current University of Essex member of staff applying for the post as a secondment we would recommend you discuss your application for this secondment with your line manager prior to making an application. Your Department/ Section will need to consider cover arrangements for your absence before a decision can be reached as to the possibility of your release from your current post.

We particularly welcome applications from an ethnic minority as they are under-represented at this level.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

Our website contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please telephone (01206) 874588 / 873521.

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