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Communications and Events Officer

London (Greater)
Grade 5: £32,332 to £37,099.
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Professional Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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About us

The School of Security Studies at King‘s College London is dedicated to the understanding of security issues in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Harnessing the depth and breadth of expertise across the War Studies and Defence Studies Departments, and the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies, we are one of the largest multi-disciplinary communities of scholars in the world engaged in the teaching and research of all aspects of conflict, war, security and defence.

About the role

We're seeking an enthusiastic Communications and Events Officer to join our team for a fixed-term contract until 8 August 2025.

As the Communications and Events Officer, you'll collaborate closely with the School Communications Manager to curate and manage our diverse events portfolio, while also overseeing both internal and external communications initiatives. Your role will be instrumental in amplifying the School’s research profile among our staff, students, alumni, stakeholders and wider public audiences.

We are seeking candidates with a proven track record in organising both in-person and online events, from inception to delivery. A significant aspect of your responsibilities will involve coordinating our Defence Studies Department’s graduation ceremony at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, alongside supporting various research seminars and conferences.

Collaboration lies at the core of this role, as you'll work closely with colleagues across departments to craft engaging content for our social media channels, website and podcast.

You'll need a keen eye for copy-editing and proofreading to ensure our messaging is clear, concise and compelling. Additionally, your ability to uncover newsworthy angles and craft captivating stories will be pivotal in showcasing our research excellence and expertise to a broader audience.

This role offers a hybrid working arrangement, allowing for both remote work and on-site presence at our office located at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. While regular attendance at the Defence Academy is necessary, we will also consider applicants who prefer to work from our Strand Campus in London

This is a full time post (35 hours per week), and you will be offered an a fixed term contract until 8 August 2025

 About You

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

Essential criteria

1.      Experience of developing, managing and running events online and in person 

2.      Demonstrated expertise in copy-editing and proofreading, with meticulous attention to detail 

3.      Strong organisational skills and ability to manage competing priorities 

4.      Experience of content creation for the web and social media channels in a professional capacity 

5.      Ability to work autonomously, and without direct supervision, show initiative and feel confident in pitching new ideas and taking ownership of projects 

6.      Experience in finding newsworthy angles to communicate in news stories, podcasts and videos 

7.      Excellent interpersonal skills with evidence of building good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels 

8.      Educated to degree level or equivalent (OR has relevant work experience within the Higher Education sector)  

Desirable criteria

1.      Knowledge and experience of using Content Management Systems to manage webpages 

2.      Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite or the capability to learn and develop skills quickly with training 

3.      Audio and video editing skills

4.      Understanding of the UK higher education system and/ or military 

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

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 will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

We are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.

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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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