Communications Manager

University of London
13 Oct 2019
26 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently looking for a Communications Manager to work with one of our prestigious institutes based near Russell Square. This role will be maternity cover, starting ASAP.

Role Summary:

To act as the operational lead on the delivery of internal and external communications at SOAS University of London. To work with the Head of Communications and Director of External Engagement and Public Affairs, and Senior Management team to ensure effective delivery of key messages across learning, teaching and research

To line manage the Internal and External Communications Officers to ensure the Schools key channels across media, social media, website, internal bulletins and intranet promote the Schools projects and strategic objectives.

Key Task -

To lead on and develop an external PR strategy and identify, create and maximise opportunities to raise the profile of SOAS devising and implementing publicity and media campaigns to generate positive coverage for its research, teaching, projects and initiatives in the national and international broadcast, online and print media

To ensure the team proactively identifies and works with key spokespeople/experts within the School to promote their research and expertise across a wide range of media.

To provide speech-writing for the Director and Senior Management for high profile corporate events and external public engagement events.

To support the Head of Strategic Communications with comms in ensuring key internal priorities, including current academic restructuring plans, are communicated effectively to the School.

Knowledge and Experience:

A degree or postgraduate or professional qualification in a relevant subject area or equivalent. Demonstrable management ability in an appropriate professional or specialist capacity in a similar work environment. Required to have sufficient expertise in communications or media relations to be used as a point of reference by others. To engage in Continuous Professional Development activities to keep their knowledge base and skills up to date and to develop.

Experience and knowledge

Experience of working in communications, media relations, public affairs or journalism

Proven speechwriting experience

Understanding of the media and press function of a university.

Experience working with digital media and content management systems (CMS)

Experience of dealing with crisis communications

Experience of successfully leading and managing teams of staff

A good understanding of the SOAS mission.

Experience of working in an education environment, especially HE

Excellent media contacts in national, regional, international and specialist press

Stakeholder communications and engagement experience

Skills and Abilities -

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to identify and communicate key messages

Strong organisational and interpersonal skills

Ability to work under pressure/meet deadlines and assess situations quickly

A good team player who can work on their own

Strong negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to build robust and effective working relationships at a senior level within and outside the School

Highly developed planning and organisational and prioritising skills

Empathy with SOAS and its institutional and academic objectives

The ability to work proactively with drive, influence, flair and creativity

Working hours - 35 hours per week

Pay - £44,292 per annum

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