Communications Officer Ref: 6544

School/department: Communications, Marketing and Advancement
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 6544
Salary: starting at £30,497 to £34,304 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 24 September 2021
Closing date: 29 October 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible.

Job description

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a Communications Officer to oversee the planning of all external and internal communications, working with colleagues across the University.  This new role sits within the University’s Communications, Marketing and Advancement division and comes at an exciting time of change for the division and University. 

The Communications Officer will play an essential role in helping the University to become more proactive and strategic in its approach to communications.

As a key member of a high-performing communications team, the post holder will be responsible for developing and managing a strategic communications timetable for the institution. They will be required to take a long-term approach to communications planning, ensuring strong co-ordination across all communications activities.

Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital as is the ability to spot and capitalise on internal and external opportunities for communications activity.

The post holder will support the Head of Corporate Communications on key University activities that have an interest to both internal and external audiences.  They will be responsible for creating materials to support key University announcements such as statements, press notices, FAQs and subsequent materials for internal audiences.

This role holder will need to liaise with journalists who are writing stories about the University and will need to have experience of responding to media enquiries in an accurate and timely fashion.

The post holder will be required to compile and disseminate regular reports on communications activities and outcomes, demonstrating an understanding of evaluation systems, processes and best practices.

The ideal candidate will be used to working in a busy communications or newsroom environment and will be confident in juggling tight and competing deadlines.  They will be highly organized and proactive in their approach, with a proven ability to co-ordinate activity across teams.

Evening and weekend working may be required during busy times.

Please contact James Hakner at 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: 6544 [PDF 106.52KB]

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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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