Communications and Engagement Officer ref: 7241

School/departmentUniversity of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit  
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for two years
Reference: 7241
Salary: starting at £26,341 and rising to £30,497 per annum
Placed on: 9 November 2021
Closing date:  2 December 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is recruiting a Communications and Engagement Officer, to contribute to projects within the Sussex Energy Group (SEG).

The role involves working with SEG’s Directors and project Principal Investigators to develop and implement communication and engagement plans for the projects. You will also lead the organisation of key SEG events, ranging from project workshops to flagship keynote presentations. Working with the University’s central communications team, you will find opportunities to raise the public profile of SEG and monitor the media impact of the group’s activities.

You should have excellent written and oral communication and ICT skills, including maintaining and updating websites, communicating using social media platforms and producing e-newsletters and blogs.  Experience of organising events and workshops is essential. You must be able to communicate confidently and effectively with a wide range of people, and to work to deadlines in a calm and professional manner. You will be flexible, able to prioritise work systematically and an enthusiastic and supportive team player.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 7241) (PDF 105KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] 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 in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) 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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