Senior Communications Officer (Corporate)
Closing Date: Sunday 21 August 2022
Do you have proven professional experience gained in communications, public relations or journalism? Are you looking for a challenging role in an environment that is open, vibrant and welcomes new ideas? Then join the University of East London as Senior Communications Officer (Corporate).
It’s a particularly exciting time here at UEL as, under our ambitious 10-year strategy, Vision 2028, we’re committed to providing students with the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world, including increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline, particularly for Industry 4.0 jobs. We also want to position our east London location as being at both the heart of a major global gateway and the local community. And, right now, we’re looking for a calm, collected and well-connected individual to join our Communications team.
Your challenge will be to lead on telling stories that can generate maximum impact. We’ll also rely on you to develop communications strategies that promote key institutional messages, and leaders, to external and internal audiences alike. Sourcing news stories that enhance our reputation and brand, and conveying them elegantly in written and digital formats, will be a big part of the role, as will using your network of contacts to get us exposure in the media and professional publications. Writing speeches, letters and other content for key stakeholders, uploading content to digital platforms and producing a variety of regular communications in collaboration with our graphic designers – these are just some aspects of this high profile role.
To succeed, you’ll need a minimum BA Hons and proven relevant professional experience, including either working for a regional or national media outlet or placing stories in those mediums. Adept at producing elegant, accurate and mistake-free content, you’re also used to creating multi-pronged, multi-channel communications strategies. What’s more you have experience of writing speeches, letters and other material for key stakeholders and coaching them to deliver speeches or public presentations in a professional setting. A network of media contacts to place stories and enhance the reputation and brand of the University is also required, as is the ability to use social media and digital tools to horizon-scan and spot opportunities.
You’ll also need to be forward-thinking, innovative, curious and high-energy, calm under pressure or in a crisis and able to deliver to very tight and demanding deadlines – someone who can deliver projects from start to finish with little or no direction after being properly briefed and is willing to work some long days, evenings and weekends (with agreed time off in lieu).
So, if you have what we are looking for and are keen to take on this exciting challenge, get in touch.
To apply please visit our website. CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.
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