Communications Manager (CAL and COSS)

United Kingdom
May 14, 2018
Jun 04, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose

The Communications Manager for Arts, Law and Social 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 arts, law and social science disciplines, as well as the confidence, expertise and drive to create more.

Often the main point of contact for media seeking expert comment on domestic and international political affairs, you will act as the key liaison with academics leading research on areas such as Brexit, race and inequality and international politics.

With a keen understanding of the strategic direction of the institution and our priorities in arts, law and social 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 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 the lead in providing expert academic views that are relevant to the rapidly changing news agenda, you will lead a panel of senior academics and managers who will commission content on a weekly basis to share with journalists, key stakeholders and publish on the University website. You will also act as the lead contact with the Conversation, which hosts informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world.

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.


Person Specification

  • A degree qualification or equivalent
  • Significant experience in a busy communications environment
  • Extensive national media contacts, particularly arts, law and social science
  • Demonstrable experience of developing communications plans for a complex organisation
  • Demonstrable experience and understanding of at least one of the following areas: Arts, social sciences and law
  • 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
  • Experience managing and tracking a continuous programme of content
  • An interest in politics and current affairs
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • 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


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