Communications Manager (Estates) Ref: 7489

School/department: Communications, Marketing and Advancement
Hours: Full time or part time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 19 December 2024
Reference: 7489
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  11 January 2022  
Closing date:  09 February 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

We are seeking an enthusiastic communications manager to join our growing team of professionals.

You will have worked in a similar role in a large or complex organisation, where you will have delivered communication plans and strategies to support and deliver organisational objectives.

You will be able to turn your hand to internal communications and engagement, event management and work with digital/social media. You’ll also be able to engage with and work alongside senior stakeholders.

In this role you will support some of the university’s major infrastructure projects, which are helping us realise our strategic vision to “build on our achievements and evolve as a better university, dedicated to making a better world”. 

Your primary focus will be to lead on communications around a major development to create world-class student residences and facilities on the West Slope of the University’s campus – part of a wider a wider £200 million Investment Programme.

You will also lead on communications for other major estates projects and developments on our 160-acre campus, impacting our 19,000 students and 3,500 staff members.

You will keep our community of staff and students - and other stakeholders - informed as work progresses – ensuring they are updated on changes that may impact on their day-to-day use of the campus, as well as informed about the overall vision. 

You will deliver communications plans aligned with key project milestones, develop materials, manage events and oversee a range of engagement tactics as part of the campus development and improvement programme.

You will attend key meetings and working groups and work closely with colleagues in the Communications, Marketing and Advancement, and Estates divisions, ensuring an integrated approach to communications across the university.

You will manage the communications and reputational risks associated with such large-scale projects, escalating issues as appropriate and seeking advice as needed.

Please contact Angela O’Neill for informal enquiries.

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

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref: 7489 [PDF 111.20KB]

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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