Officer: Internal Communication

South Africa
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Department of Communication and Brand Management Officer: Internal Communication (post level 10/11)

Job ID: 2205

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Liaise with student structures regarding news coverage and keeping students informed about campus events and news.
  • Collect information, write articles, upload text and photos, edit content and distribute newsletter to all students as editor of the student newsletter.
  • Manage awareness campaigns about the newsletter to students, including video productions, posts on social media and facilitate designs.
  • Measure success of the newsletter.
  • Act as member of the department’s Newsdesk for student related departments, as well as for the other assigned portfolios.
  • Tend to Newsdesk duties: Provide coverage on activities and events on the campuses, on research as well as other news matters.
  • Write articles on events/news matters, provide photos and/or video clips as well as social media content for the various internal and external communication platforms of the university (multimedia coverage).
  • Receive, prepare, distribute and monitor institutional content on student platforms (Blackboard, emails to students, Kovsielife site and other related platforms) and provide digital curation services.
  • Coordinate and attend to face-to-face institutional engagement sessions with internal stakeholders (news coverage).
  • Attend and provide coverage for public institutional events where the department of Communication and Brand Management plays a key role e.g. Graduations, Open Day, First-years welcoming and other related events.
  • Assist with communication to internal and external stakeholders as part of the crisis communication team during crisis periods at the University of the Free State.
  • Act as back-up on other internal communication platforms as well as the media function and platform, should the need arises.
  • Perform general administrative office duties as delegated, including report-writing.

    Inherent requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree Corporate Communication or Journalism.
    • Three (3) years’ work experience in the field of communication and/or journalism.


    Required competencies:

    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University's richly diverse working environment.
    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Advanced computer skills in MS Word, PowerPoint and the Internet.
    • Good organisational skills.
    • Time management skills.
    • Ability to work under pressure and keep to deadlines.
    • Ability to work effectively in a team.
    • Basic photography skills.
    • Good problem solving skills.
    • Social media savvy.


    Assumption of duties:

    As soon as possible.


    Closing date:

    16 February 2018



    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 3687/9161.


    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.



    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.


    Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.