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Developmental Leadership Program Communications Manager - 80339

University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th November 2018
Closes: 28th November 2018
Job Ref: 80339

College of Social Sciences
School of Government and Society
Duration – Fixed term for 3 years
Salary – Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year

Location – Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Summary of Role

The post holder will manage the communications of the Developmental Research Program (DLP), an internationally recognised research programme examining how leadership can support development in the Asia Pacific region. The research is funded by the Australian Government, and the new 3 year phase of funding will run up to 2021. The post holder will be responsible for developing a DLP communications strategy, monitoring impact of the research, identifying and managing various multimedia communications channels, translating research into policy messages, managing all print and online publishing, and working to maximise the impact and uptake of the research produced by the DLP researchers to various audiences around the world. The post holder will also have the opportunity to, and be encouraged to, innovate and develop projects that can boost the impact, reach and significance, and sustainability of DLP’s research.

Key Responsibilities Involved

  • Manage the editing, design/formatting, proofreading and publication process of all DLP research outputs, online and in print.
  • Ensure that the language and pitch of communications outputs – such as policy briefs, press releases, and blog entries – target, and are tailored for, specific audiences.
  • Develop and maintain high quality publication standards by creating templates, guidance and standard operating procedures for consistency across communications outputs throughout the DLP research cycle.
  • Provide final quality assurance for all major DLP publications to ensure that all outputs are clear, concise, and that the research is translated into key messages for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Construct and maintain a database to record all known DLP research uptake and impact.
  • Work alongside the Deputy Director (Impact) to monitor user needs and satisfaction and improve the quality and relevance of all research products.
  • Manage the DLP website – the program’s key communication platform – in line with expected quality assurance and accessibility standards.

Person Specification

  • A degree relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications.
  • Excellent written communication skills, especially the ability to present complex information clearly and concisely.
  • Experience of developing, implementing and monitoring communications strategies that include the use of social media and other multimedia channels.
  • Familiarity with the communications landscape in the international development sector
  • Needs to be able to network and raise DLP’s profile with both academic and policy audiences.

For further information please contact Professor David Hudson, telephone 0121 414 3496

Closing date: 28th November 2018                                         Reference:  80339

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