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Communications and Community Relations Manager

Leeds Beckett University - External Relations Communications

Location: Leeds
Salary: £39,739 to £44,706 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: REQ0000739

An exciting opportunity to lead our new community relations and engagement programme, as part of an established and successful communications and campaigns team.

Leeds Beckett is a modern, professional university, committed to making a positive difference through excellent education, research and service. The communications and campaigns team support the university’s ambitions by creating dynamic content for media and digital, and working with our stakeholders. This new role will lead on the development and delivery of a community relations and engagement programme.

You will build positive relationships, representing the university’s interests and enhancing its reputation. As the key point of contact for Leeds Beckett you will contribute to a number of community partnerships and engagement initiatives and act as a key point of contact for the university’s community partners, providing effective communication and ensuring that the interests of the university are represented and its reputation enhanced.

As part of the communications and campaigns team you will work with colleagues on campaigns and reputation management issues, ensuring that our stakeholders are engaged and involved as needed.

We’re looking for a proactive and engaging approach, with exceptional personal communication skills, and the confidence and credibility to represent Leeds Beckett.  You will have strong negotiation skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and balancing competing priorities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development, coordination and delivery of a community relations, engagement and partnership programme.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for local community partners such as: local residents; resident groups and associations; and multi-agency partner organisations.
  • Building and managing the University's reputation, through issues management and media relations.
  • Stakeholder engagement.
  • Contributing to the development and delivery of campaigns.

It’s vital that you build and maintain positive relationships with colleagues at all levels across the university and external partners. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of stakeholder engagement, successful community relations initiatives and communications campaigns.

We are looking for a colleague who will relish the opportunity to work with us and be as passionate about what we do as we are.

Interviews are currently scheduled for: Friday 8th October 2021

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Working here means you’ll also have access to a wide range of benefits including our generous pension schemes, excellent holiday entitlements, flexible working, reduced study fees, subsidised fitness facilities and a lot more.

We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented at this level of post.  All appointments will be based on merit. 

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