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Communications Officer

University of Sussex - Communications, Marketing and Advancement

Location: Falmer
Salary: £30,497 to £34,304 per annum, pro rata if part time
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: 6544

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a Communications Officer to oversee the planning of all external and internal communications, working with colleagues across the University.  This new role sits within the University’s Communications, Marketing and Advancement division and comes at an exciting time of change for the division and University.  The Communications Officer will play an essential role in helping the University to become more proactive and strategic in its approach to communications.

As a key member of a high-performing communications team, the post holder will be responsible for developing and managing a strategic communications timetable for the institution. They will be required to take a long-term approach to communications planning, ensuring strong co-ordination across all communications activities.

Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital as is the ability to spot and capitalise on internal and external opportunities for communications activity.

The post holder will support the Head of Corporate Communications on key University activities that have an interest to both internal and external audiences.  They will be responsible for creating materials to support key University announcements such as statements, press notices, FAQs and subsequent materials for internal audiences.

This role holder will need to liaise with journalists who are writing stories about the University and will need to have experience of responding to media enquiries in an accurate and timely fashion.The post holder will be required to compile and disseminate regular reports on communications activities and outcomes, demonstrating an understanding of evaluation systems, processes and best practices.

The ideal candidate will be used to working in a busy communications or newsroom environment and will be confident in juggling tight and competing deadlines.  They will be highly organized and proactive in their approach, with a proven ability to co-ordinate activity across teams.

Evening and weekend working may be required during busy times.

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

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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