Communications Manager (EPS & LES)
The Communications Manager for Engineering, Physical, Life and Environmental Science will play a lead role in shaping strategic communications for the University’s world-leading research spanning a wide range of range of disciplines.
Responsible for protecting and enhancing the reputation and profile of the University across all communications channels, including print, broadcast, online and social media. You will have extensive contacts within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, as well as the confidence, expertise and drive to create more.
With a keen understanding of the strategic direction of the institution and our priorities in science research, you will be able to develop comprehensive communications plans for the promotion of that research, identify potential stories and liaise with research councils, journals and other relevant stakeholders before actively selling-in stories to the national and international media, or identifying and developing engaging content for use by the University.
You must be able to gain the trust and confidence of extremely eminent professors and assist them in conveying very complex research findings to lay audiences, while at the same time protecting the integrity of key messages to ensure important research findings are not mis-sold to the media or exaggerated by sensational headlines.
You will have experience of dealing with assertive and difficult individuals and challenging, influencing and negotiating with them in order to protect the interests and develop the profile of the University.
As a job share, you will work closely with your immediate counterpart on a weekly basis and develop a positive and supportive way of working to ensure that handover occurs smoothly and issues are picked up as needed.
As part of the central communications team, you will also undertake general communications duties, answering the telephones, responding to incoming inquiries, managing film crew and journalists on campus, monitoring our media coverage, compiling weekly and monthly reports, contributing to the crisis communications work of the University and participating in the on-call duty rota.
A degree qualification or equivalent
- Significant experience in a busy communications environment
- Extensive national media contacts, particularly science and technology correspondents and editors
- Demonstrable experience of developing communications plans for a complex organisation
- Demonstrable experience and understanding of at least one of the following areas: Engineering, life, physical or environmental science
- Demonstrable experience and expertise in media story development, drafting and selling in to a high level of quality and success
- Demonstrable experience of creating engaging and informative content for a variety of audiences
- Excellent written communications skills; accuracy and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
- Demonstrable experience of working flexibly
- The ability to adapt to new situations, prioritise workloads and manage deadlines
- Demonstrable experience of working in a joined up and creative way, outside of traditional communications silos
- Demonstrable experience of creating and repurposing content to suit differing channels; creating and uploading content for digital media channels, including the web and Twitter
- Demonstrable experience of and sensitivity to the constraints of working in a confidential environment
- Demonstrable experience of successfully working with a range of stakeholders or partner organisations to promote a shared objective
- Demonstrable understanding of the best channels to reach different stakeholders
- Experience of crisis communications
- Demonstrable experience of building excellent working relationships based on trust and respect