Senior Communications Officer

London (GB)
(£)38017 to 44045
06 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Communications Officer

Reference Number 60019931
Location Northampton Square 
School / Service Professional Services
Department Marketing and Communications
Contract Duration Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Range (£)38017 to 44045


Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade, City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

City, University of London is seeking a Senior Communication Officer to work primarily with its Business School (formerly Cass) and to play an active part in the University’s wider press office and communications function. The press office is part of the Communications and Events team in the University’s Marketing and External Relations Department.


To advise on and develop an appropriate external PR strategy appropriate to the School with the Dean, the Chief Operating Officer, and the PR & Communications Manager.

To identify and work with key spokespeople/experts within the University to promote their research and expertise across a wide range of media and other stakeholders.

To meet Head of Communications and Events and PR and Communications Manager regularly to review strategy and performance.
To review progress regularly to ensure the PR Communications strategy underpins the University’s vision and strategy.
To work closely with the team of Senior Communications Officers to promote research and news across City’s five Schools.

Person Specification


  • Significant experience either working as a Press Officer, a journalist or in an agency on external PR in a pressurised environment, preferably in the fields of Finance, Business or Education.
  • Demonstrable experience of generating high profile media coverage for research or similarly complex material
  • Experience of working with senior academic staff and or equivalent high-profile individuals.
  • Experience of effective media crisis management.


  • Proficient in the generation of multimedia content such as photography, video and/or audio

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm 25th November 2020.

Interviews will be held remotely. First stage interviews are due to be held on 8th December 2020. Second stage interviews are due to be held on 11th December 2020.