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Director of Communications and Engagement

Manchester Metropolitan University

Location: Manchester
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: eArcu-7055

About us
As one of the largest and most applied-for Universities in the UK, Manchester Metropolitan University is an ambitious and powerful force for good.

Through its dual commitment to outstanding research and excellent education, it works collaboratively to transform lives by driving innovation and progress, and empowering people and places to reach their full potential.

Manchester Met has developed a clear vision through its compelling Road to 2030 Strategy. With a prominent position at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse, a strong financial standing, an award-winning campus estate, and ambitious investment plans, few universities could be better placed to succeed.

As the University approaches its bicentenary year with plans to celebrate its history of driving progress, it's a University that is continuing to lead change - in Manchester and around the world.

The opportunity
The Director of Communications and Engagement position is a senior role that is pivotal to ensuring the University and its 5,100 workforce achieves these ambitions and its purpose.

An experienced communications leader, the successful candidate will play an important strategic leadership role in developing and implementing the University's internal and external communication and engagement strategies, ensuring its relationships and reach with key stakeholders and reputation are strengthened at a local, national and international level.

With experience and credibility of working with senior colleagues at Board level and with highly developed intellect and emotional intelligence, the candidate will have a proven track record of building effective relationships and delivering joint outcomes with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding of core communications disciplines, including the digital agenda, media relations and issues management, public affairs, PR and external stakeholder relations, internal staff engagement and change management. They will also bring experience of leading a skilled and high performing communications function in a large, complex organisation; underpinned by a genuine passion for the transformative power of education and research.

As a leader in a fast-changing discipline, the candidate will be up to date with the latest communication and engagement trends, tools and thinking, including emerging technologies, platforms and systems, encouraging adoption of new ideas and best practice from within and outside of the Higher Education sector.

Further information

**Please do not apply for this vacancy via the university website. All applications should be directed to our retained advisors, Michael Page via the link below**

For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit – Director of Communications and Engagement - JN-102023-6214773 | Michael Page

Or contact Josh Smikle on 0161 829 0377 or at joshsmikle@michaelpage.com.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application as early as possible before the closing date (2 January 2024) as the University may consider closing applications early.

Interviews will be held on Friday 26 January 2024.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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