Communications & Engagement Officer
Are you an experienced, creative and self-reliant communications professional? Would you like to be part of a team within one of the most highly regarded universities in the UK?
King’s College London is looking for a Communications Officer to work in one of its most high-profile schools within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy: the School of Global Affairs, which includes the Departments of Geography, Global Health & Social Medicine and International Development, the African Leadership Centre, and the Global Institutes (Brazil, India, Lau China and Menzies Australia).
The successful candidate will join a friendly and hard-working team and will play a vital role in supporting our world-leading researchers and teachers to communicate their work to diverse audiences, as well as celebrating our students and alumni community.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop creative communications including media engagement, videos, social media posts and podcasts to share our cutting-edge research on solutions to global challenges. You will also support our vibrant events programme and playing a vital role alongside marketing and student engagement colleagues to develop current and prospective student communications.
The job would suit someone with excellent digital, social media and design skills, possessing great attention to detail and the ability to manage projects effectively. You will play a leading role in copywriting and editing news and features, creating content for social media, including graphics and videos, as well as contributing to our podcast series and developing the School’s webpages.
Given the range of research areas covered by the role, and the need to work with a variety of stakeholders, the successful candidate will need to be flexible, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and willing to pitch in with a variety of tasks when needed.
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract
This is a full-time post
- Supporting the Communications Manager to deliver internal and external communication for the School and its constituent departments, and to raise the School’s research profile with staff, students, alumni, other stakeholders and public audiences.
- Developing and helping to manage the School’s social media channels, including helping to grow our engagement rates and numbers of followers.
- Writing accessible and engaging copy for the web and social media.
- Creating eye-catching graphics for social media, digital mailings and event invitations, according to King’s brand.
- Working with researchers to come up with innovative ways to communicate their findings.
- Copywriting and editing press releases, features and blogs for the media and School channels, to showcase the School’s research excellence and expertise.
- Take a leading role in developing videos to creatively disseminate research findings and celebrate our students and academics.
- Assisting with the production, hosting and editing of the School podcast.
- Keeping the School webpages updated and making recommendations for how to improve them.
- Working with colleagues in the faculty and central communications teams to cross-promote work across external and internal channels.
- Collecting regular analytics across our social media channels to highlight key successes and recommendations for development.
- Supporting and managing events, including developing listings, promoting events via our channels and helping run events both online and in person.
- Working with the student engagement team to develop and showcasing compelling and accessible student-facing research content and success stories.
- Supporting marketing colleagues where and as needed.
- Managing internal newsletters and external newsletters.
- Designing and developing reports to share findings and raise the profile of the School’s research.
- Playing an important part in creating a coherent identity for the School externally and a sense of community internally.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge and experience
1. Educated to degree level or equivalent (OR has relevant work experience within the Higher Education sector)
2. Experience of content creation for the web and social media channels in a professional capacity.
3. Experience copy-editing and/or proofreading to a high standard.
4. Proven ability in finding newsworthy angles to communicate in news stories, podcasts and videos.
5. Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite or the capability to learn and develop skills quickly with training, particularly Photoshop, Premier Pro and Audition. Knowledge of other packages would also be welcomed.
6. Knowledge and experience of using Content Management Systems to manage webpages.
7. A high level of attention to detail.
8. Strong organisational skills and ability to manage competing priorities
9. Experience of managing multiple work-streams independently.
10. Excellent interpersonal skills with evidence of building good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
1. A relevant professional qualification in graphic design, communications or related field.
2. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.
3. Proven experience of working with and managing a brand identity.
4. Event management experience.
5. Understanding of the UK higher education system.
The School of Global Affairs is located within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Together, we support an inclusive culture and diversity for our staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits.