Senior Communications Manager (Media Relations)

Recruiter
UK SBS 1
Location
Swindon
Posted
11 Oct 2018
Closes
12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Senior Communications Manager (Media Relations)

UKRI- AHRC

Swindon

£37,789

Full time

Open ended

About Us

AHRC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: archaeology, area studies, the creative and performing arts, design, digital content, heritage, history, languages, philosophy and much more.

About the role

As the Senior Communications Manager (Media Relations), you will play a crucial role in helping to deliver an ambitious strategy to substantially increase the media profile of the AHRC; by working with researchers, partner organisations and AHRC staff to showcase the research that we fund and help to influence the national conversation in the media about the arts and humanities. You will also provide media relations support for the AHRC-led Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

You will report to and work closely with the Head of Communications, manage the Press and Social Media Officer and will also work with other colleagues within the wider Communications team.

The role will entail but not be limited to:

  • building excellent relationships with the media, working closely with the Head of Communications and Press and Social Media Officer to help place stories about AHRC-funded research in the media
  • helping to deliver a high impact media engagement strategy for the AHRC, organise media briefings and media outreach for AHRC senior managers and our research community
  • leading national media relations engagement for the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, working closely with the Cluster and Policy and Evidence communication teams
  • monitoring the media (print, broadcast, online and blogs) and social media, for all AHRC and arts and humanities-related press coverage; ensuring that senior managers, the communications team and other AHRC staff are kept informed as appropriate.

About you

  • you will ideally be of Graduate calibre (or equivalent) and have substantial PR or Communications qualification or relevant experience
  • you will have proven experience in a media relations role, working for a high profile national organisation and a thorough understanding of how the media works and an ability to develop high quality working relationships with the media
  • key to this role is the ability to organise and prioritise your own workload, to plan work both in the short and long term and to oversee the effective meeting of deadlines.

What we offer

The Research Councils recognise and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the 'Visit Website' button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is the 28th October 2018

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