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Executive Leadership Communications Officer

London (Central), London (Greater)
£51,974-£61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

Job Details

King’s College London is one of the world’s top universities with an ambitious vision, the success of which is in part dependent on its ability to engage effectively with key internal and external stakeholders.  An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new role to support communications and engagement activity for the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Leadership Team.

Working in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, and reporting into the Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs the Executive Leadership Communications Officer will take a proactive role in identifying and delivering opportunities for engagement for the Vice-Chancellor and the senior leadership team with both internal and external audiences through events, commentary and social media.  Working with colleagues across Communications and External Affairs the post holder will ensure King’s executive leaders play a prominent role across our strategic campaigns in support of the University’s objectives and vision.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will have a successful track record of developing and implementing effective and high-quality communications content including but not restricted to speeches, presentations, opinion pieces and articles, briefings and social media posts.

You will be experienced and confident in engaging across all levels of an organisation and will be able to recognise opportunities for senior colleagues to make a meaningful contribution across multiple channels. In addition, you will be able to support and guide colleagues in how to most effectively engage with a variety of audiences. An accomplished storyteller you are able to bring to life the accomplishments, opportunities and challenges the university faces and make them accessible. You are able to manage your own time effectively, are agile and adaptable to changing priorities, and someone who will support others when necessary to support effective delivery. You will be able to demonstrate the impact of your work using data and feedback.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract 

This is a full-time  post

Key responsibilities

  • Identify, plan, deliver and measure the effectiveness of communications and engagement activity undertaken by the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Leadership Team.  
  • Provide advice and guidance to senior leaders to ensure communications are strategic, effective, engaging and that the University Senior Leadership Team demonstrates visible leadership. 
  • Researching and producing scripts, speeches, presentations, opinion pieces, articles, recordings, web and social media content for the Vice-Chancellor and other members of the Senior Leadership Team as appropriate. 
  • Manage complex interdependencies across a range of initiatives, advise stakeholders and communication colleagues on the implications of dependencies and where appropriate, advise on and recommend solutions to maximise audience understanding and/or engagement. 
  • Develop strong relationships across the University so you are informed about priorities and emerging issues that will equip you to advise on and position communications in the best way.  
  • Use evidenced practice from across the sector and other industries to inform an innovative approach and drive continuous improvement. 

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 

Essential criteria  

  1. Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience. 
  2. Experience of building effective relationships with senior leaders and in showing strong influencing skills that lead to positive quantifiable outcomes. 
  3. Excellent writing skills with a strong attention to detail and the ability to engage with a variety of different audiences.
  4. A proven track record of content creation including in person, written and digital content 
  5. Knowledge of communications best practice including accessibility  
  6. Ability to translate complex messages into accessible and engaging content.  
  7. A collaborative and proactive approach with the ability to build effective links and relationships. 
  8. Experience of using evaluation tools to report on and improve activities and to build best practice. 
  9. Experience of using multimedia technologies and presentation tools 
  10. Interest in and understanding of the Higher Education Sector.  

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of work in a CEO or Top executive Office 
  2. Demonstrated expertise in using Social Media to drive engagement

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

This role does not meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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