Senior Communications Manager

School/department: Communications & External Affairs  
Hours: full time
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 2558
Salary: starting at £39,992 and rising to £47,722 per annum
Placed on: 3 October 2017
Closing date:  30 October 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: w/c 6 November 2017
Expected start date: 1 February 2018

Job description

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a Senior Communications Manager to play a key role in devising and delivering communication strategies to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.  The role sits within the University’s Communications and External Affairs division and will report to the Head of Communications.

The Senior Communications Manager will be responsible for line managing three Media Relations Managers, whose role it is to enhance the reputation of academic school/s by proactively promoting teaching and learning excellence, student experience, research and impact and academic comment and opinion.

A major part of the role will be seeking proactive opportunities to profile the key pillars of the University’s aims and vision as outlined in the current and emerging organisational strategy.  As well placing an emphasis on institutional stories and research, the post holder will be required to seek creative ways to tell the student story at Sussex and support our plans that put students at the heart of everything we do.

The post holder will seek ways to increase the share of voice from leaders within the University, to ensure that we can enhance our influence within the Higher Education Sector and amongst key audience groups such as the Government, the local community, funding bodies, industry, potential and existing students and their families and other influencers.

A key element of the role will be supporting the Head of Communications on issues management and ensuring the University can respond swiftly to the range of circumstances that can arise within the University community.  In addition they will be very familiar with using social media and a variety of other channels to manage situations that require a sensitive approach. 

The role offers an opportunity to a communications professional with an opportunistic approach to writing opinion pieces and by-lined articles for a range of different influencers and will take a proactive and swift approach to doing so. 

The post holder will need to have a flexible approach to working outside of office hours and be responsive to media requests in the evening and weekends as a key member of staff in a busy press office.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated Communications practitioner who is confident with working with senior leaders and supporting team colleagues.  It is essential they have sound judgement in media handling and a strong eye for a story.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 6th November 2017

Closing date: 30 October 2017

Download job description and person specification Ref 2558 [PDF 122.70KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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