Head of Communications

Preston, United Kingdom
Grade: Management Contract (competitive salary)
16 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 14/07/2019
Location Preston Campus
Salary Grade: Management Contract (competitive salary)
Job category/type Professional Services

Job description

Our University has an amazing story to tell. We are an institution which transforms lives by inspiring people from all walks of life to reach their full potential and achieve things they never thought possible. We're an engine of the regional economy, engaging with business, championing innovation and producing high calibre graduates to drive the future prosperity of the North West. We're a force for positive change, carrying out life-changing research and providing all our students with an exceptional educational experience. Our work enhances the lives and prospects of whole communities across the North West, the UK and globally.

This is a highly influential role. We require a strong candidate who's a true original: a creative dynamo and inspiring leader with boundless imagination and a tidal wave of fresh ideas to help us share our transformational work with both internal and external audiences. You will develop a compelling communications strategy for the institution which inspires everyone who comes into contact with our University - from current staff, students and alumni to surrounding communities and the wider world. Amidst challenging times for the sector, you will champion the benefits of higher education and the transformational nature of the UCLan experience. Your work will engage prospective students and their families, young people, business leaders, partners, influencers, policy makers and others.

Telling the world about our life-changing work is central to this role. A formidable communicator, you will lead our media and public relations strategy, maximising positive publicity, building relationships with key stakeholders and leveraging new opportunities to enhance our University's reputation locally, nationally and internationally. You will become a trusted adviser to colleagues across the University and have the confidence to deal with crisis communications swiftly and decisively.
You will reinvigorate our Internal Communications strategy, devising and unleashing imaginative campaigns which win over hearts and minds, fostering a strong sense of community and shared purpose amongst both students and staff at all levels of the organisation. You will help to create a thriving environment where new ideas, innovative approaches and good practice are shared, opening up new opportunities for two-way communications between all staff, University management and students. As well as celebrating institutional achievements, you will facilitate the success of major change projects and enable people to understand how their everyday roles make a vital contribution to the wider mission and vision of the University.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Please apply online; if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quote the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.

School/Service: Marketing, Communications & Engagement
Hours: Full time (36.25 hours per week - 1.0 FTE)
Basis: Indefinite
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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