Director of Communication and Membership

University of Central Lancashire Students' Union
Preston, Lancashire
£37,065 - £38,941 / (Union Grade F)
07 January 2019
16 January 2019
Job Function
Marketing, PR/Publicity
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the senior team at UCLan Students' Union in a newly created role of Director of Communication and Membership. We are looking for an innovative and inspiring leader to join us as we enter a significant phase in the Union's development - someone who wants to use their experience and skills, spearheading a new communications and membership strategy and playing a significant role in the development and delivery of the Union's 2020-2024 strategic plan.

This central role will provide a unique opportunity to work as part of the senior team and make a difference to the lives of existing and future students, in an environment that's rewarding, values driven and meaningful.

The successful candidate will be someone who clearly has a passion for and experience in developing and delivering impactful and creative avenues of communication, to meet the ever-evolving needs of a highly diverse stakeholder base. They will be a self-starter and bring to the role their strengths in combining practical, informed judgement, with creative vision and belief, to turn strategy into reality.

A leader who seeks new ways of working, who can use their creativity and experience to develop a range of communication strategies to enhance the student voice, they will play a major role in supporting the Union to deliver our mission:

‘To make student life the best it can be we will campaign to change things that prevent students from succeeding. We will ensure everything we do contributes to student success and the enjoyment of student life.'

UCLan Students' Union is a vibrant Union which represents a highly diverse student body and is committed to promoting the opportunities it offers to all students and increasing its active membership. The Director of Communications and Membership will need to bring with them a skill set and knowledge of how to reach all sectors of students and effectively demonstrate the value of being part of the membership of the Union. The successful candidate will bring to the role a high sense of business acumen giving insight into the trends of the student body, ensuring communication and campaigns have impact - this a fantastic opportunity for a leader who wants to continue the development of the organisation, its people and themselves.

As a charity, the Union employs 52 career staff and up to 150 student staff who deliver a wide range of services and representative functions for students. You will need to be a flexible leader who can lead and support a team of professional and experienced line reports, by collaboratively setting and managing challenging objectives and actively encouraging their development.

We are happy to explore this vacancy with existing directors who are looking for their next challenge, or for senior managers who would like to develop themselves and feel they are ready to take this step into a directorship role. The organisation is proactive in offering ongoing personal development support for someone taking on this role and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter of no more than three pages, addressing the criteria in the Job Description and Person Specification. The deadline for receipt of applications is strictly midnight 3 February. First interviews will be held on 28 February and second interviews on Friday 8 March.

If you would like further information about this role or would like to request the Job Description, Person Specification and role information pack please email Leanne at

To discuss the role further please email Dominic Morris at or Daniel Bourne at

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