Communications and Media Manager

£32000.00 - £38550.00 per annum
15 May 2018
12 June 2018
Verity Slade
Job Function
Marketing, PR/Publicity
Contract Type
Full Time
A broad role, with responsibility for a number of areas across communications and media for the organisation, internally and external. This role will maintain and enhance the university's reputation through media coverage and used as a tool for recruitment plans in line with the directorate's Global Engagement Strategy. This role is also responsible for continuously improving the university's internal and external corporate communications channels and increasing engagement, whilst ensuring communication is coordinated across the Marketing and Communications Team to support the directorate strategy.


* Work alongside the Director of External Relations and the Head of Marketing and Communications on strategic development and efficient management of communication and engagement activities to develop and implement key aspects of these on both an organisational level and for specific projects considering all stakeholders.

* Ensure that all communication is coordinated across the Marketing and Communications Team and that messages are aligned with strategic objectives.

* Develop, implement and evaluate communications and engagement and media relations strategies and
* projects to support institutional strategy.
* Provide professional support and advice to senior staff producing communications such as videos, brochures and leaflets.

* Work with the Director of External Relations and the Head of Marketing and Communications to establish and maintain a global profile

* Play a lead role in reactive media relations by taking, researching and responding to requests from the media in a professional and prompt manner.

* This includes providing support and advice to senior staff and key stakeholders regarding the handling of media issues, on occasion relating to sensitive issues.

* Write and issue media statements/responses. Work alongside the Director of External Relations and the
* Head of Marketing and Communications in respect of any incident which requires the implementation of crisis communications.

* Lead on maintaining the reputation of the university by identifying "good news stories" for proactive

media relations.

* Identify academic and executive team members who may be suitable for and required to undertake

media interviews.

* Establish, build and maintain good working relationships with key journalists in local, national and specialist press.

* Represent the university at events and meetings and where press are in attendance.
* Attendance of meetings at a senior level where communications support is required.
* Oversee and lead on the development on internal communications with staff and students
* Produce the regular staff newsletter with foreword from the director with assistance from the Media and Communications Officer.

* Work closely with the Digital Content Manager and the Recruitment Marketing Manager, to lead jointly on the production of high quality content for digital media channels including social media, ensuring all digital communications are appropriate, timely and maintained.

* Oversee digital signage screens around the building.
* Manage and monitor the PR and communications budget ensuring value for money and best use of resources.

* Lead and line manage the Media and Communications Officer on a day to day basis, appraising and developing the role to ensure they achieve optimum performance.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the below:-

* Degree in journalism, PR, media or communications Internal communications and campaign planning Media management
* Have a clear working knowledge of how media channels operate, how to gain PR coverage for an organisation and how to sell-in to journalists, feature writers, news desks and relevant trade journalists.
* Have knowledge of crisis communications and how to implement a crisis communications plan
* Have a clear concise yet creative writing style, tailoring content for key audiences also to aid recruitment plans. Knowledge of social media and digital communications
* Understands the critical importance of income generation from student recruitment and is alert to the opportunities for increasing from existing or new sources
* Ideally you will have worked in the education sector

If this roles is of interest please do send me an up to date word version of your CV highlighting all your relevant experience and please do provide your notice period and salary expectations the closing date is the 21st of May

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