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Media Relations Manager

University of Sussex - Communications, Marketing and Advancement

Location: Falmer
Salary: £34,404 to £40,927 34,404 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 17th September 2021
Closes: 21st October 2021
Job Ref: 6252

Hours: Part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.6 FTE

Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: ASAP

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a part-time Media Relations Manager to manage the University’s reputation in the media and support three of its Schools in the Social Sciences and Sciences.  The role is a job-share position working for three days a week (currently Monday, Thursday and Friday).  The role sits within the University’s Communications, Marketing and Advancement division and comes at an exciting time of change for the division and University. 

Together with their job-share partner, the Media Relations Manager will be responsible for enhancing the reputation and profile of their designated academic schools by proactively promoting their students, staff, research and the teaching and learning experience.

As a key member of a high-functioning media relations team, a major part of the role will be researching, writing and disseminating stories that support the objectives of the academic school/s and University to national, local, online and specialist media.  There is a requirement to translate complex information into compelling narratives that have media relevance.  A particular emphasis will be in creating opportunities to share student stories to multiple audiences. Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital as is a strong track record of developing fruitful and lasting relationships within the news media. 

The post-holder will support the Head of Corporate Communications to successfully manage the University’s reputation in the media and will need to be confident and experienced in communications handling of crises and issues. A key element of the role will be to identify opportunities to enhance the reach of stories across social media platforms, using a variety of communications tactics to reach multiple audiences.

The post holder will be required to write annual and project public relations plans that demonstrate a thorough understanding of strategic communications planning and a sustained approach to promoting their schools.

The ideal candidate will have either a background in journalism or experience working in a busy press office.  They will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with an excellent working knowledge of the news media, a strong eye for a story and top media handling skills.  Some out-of-office and weekend working will be necessary on a rota basis.  An ability to work flexibly with a job-share partner will be essential.

Please contact James Hakner at j.m.hakner@sussex.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

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