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Senior Communications Officer

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 - £50,585 including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Professional Services, Marketing & Communications
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About King's

King’s College London is one of the world’s top universities. With an ambitious vision, effective communications with key audiences, including with our staff and students, is crucial. The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is the largest of the nine Faculties at King’s, with a presence across four campuses: Guy’s, St Thomas’s, Waterloo and Denmark Hill. The communications team is based in the Hodgkin building on the Guy’s campus.

The Faculty’s research expertise in basic, translational and clinical research, is internationally renowned and drives innovation and impact. Its annual research grant income is £100m. The Faculty has around 1,900 members of staff (including 480 academic and 680 research staff), 5,400 undergraduate students, 1,600 postgraduate taught students and 1,100 postgraduate research students. It offers 154 biomedical sciences programmes, including professional health programmes. In 2023 the Faculty ranked 12th in the QS World Rankings for Life Sciences & Medicine and 10th in the THE World Rankings for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health.

About the role

As a Senior Communications Officer for the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine (one of the most successful centres for research and education in the UK with extensive global partnerships), you will work across various Research Schools, the Centre for Education and the Faculty Central team. You will manage communications to staff and students, including producing content for the Faculty’s webpages, social media accounts and Sharepoint/intranet, ensuring consistency in messaging and maximising engagement.

A key member of the Faculty Communications team, you will work with colleagues to identify, investigate and develop great stories on research, education and staff and student success from across the Faculty and share these stories through digital and social media, compelling internal campaigns, launches and activities to inspire, engage and build King’s reputation for excellence.

What you'll need to succeed

You’ll be a dynamic, driven person with an ability to engage and connect with a range of colleagues, a good awareness of higher education and excellent communications skills. To be successful in this role you will have experience in a similar role and will be able to demonstrate success of implementing internal and external campaigns and engaging different audiences. We need a confident, creative self-starter, who works well under pressure and who uses strategic thinking, initiative and common sense to construct and implement communications plans and tackle any problems. The ability to build effective relationships is essential.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience)
  2. Excellent standard of English (e.g. A Level standard)
  3. Thorough knowledge of a broad range of communications activities (media, websites, events, marketing, social media, publications).
  4. Proven track record of devising successful communication strategies. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral with a proven ability to adapt style for a variety of channels and audiences.
  5. Excellent IT skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, databases and social media).
  6. Proven ability to research and identify communications opportunities with effective project management skills.
  7. Experience of developing and implementing communications strategies using digital and traditional media.
  8. Experience of developing webpages, and of writing and publishing content to online digital platforms including podcasts and videos. Experience of working with e-communications, including the preparation and distribution of e-newsletters/bulletins.
  9. Ability to comprehend complex situations quickly, providing creative solutions to ensure results are achieved and objectives are met. Ability to manage time effectively, work flexibly and prioritise workload.
  10. Collaborative attitude to work, supporting others, demonstrating tact and diplomacy. Ability to build effective links and relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  11. A proactive approach to work, knowing when to work independently and flexibly but also when best to work as part of a team. Enthusiastic self-starter with a positive and determined approach.

Desirable criteria

  1. Knowledge and experience of working in the higher education sector.
  2. Experience of line management.
  3. A professional qualification in communications, public relations or marketing.
  4. Budget management.

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which provided on the next page.

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.

Interviews are due to be held Week Commencing 24th June or 01 July 2024

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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