Communications Officer (Operations) Ref 10884

School/department: School of Media, Arts and Humanities
Hours: Full time up to a maximum of 36.5 hours
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Indefinite
Reference: 10884
Salary: starting at £28,131 to £32,411 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 22 February 2023
Closing date:  20 March 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: As soon as possible
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Communications Officer (Operations) will shape and drive forward the School’s web-based content and digital presence, ensuring the right tone of voice, brand look, feel and messaging. Working closely with colleagues from across the School and University, the Communications Officer will proactively develop content and understand the appropriate University channels in which to promote and communicate in an engaging way that helps both students and staff within the organization.

The Communications Officer will play a key role in Applicant Visit Days communications, together with the recruitment of Student Ambassadors, to deliver engaging events. They will develop vibrant and relevant content for the school website and have an interest in social media, newsletters and digital channels. They will increase awareness and understanding of the school’s activities through engaging with target audiences to achieve objectives.

Working with students and staff the post holder will contribute to the development, design, organization, promotion, and execution of school activities and events. Plan, design, and propose activities with the objective of enhancing the student experience, staff engagement, research environment, and School profile.

The Communications Officer will ensure the communications team are operationally equipped to deliver the range of communications expected within the school.

You will be responsible for:

Supporting the successful delivery of communication and event support in the school through the effective co-ordination of activities, procedures, and meetings.

Maintaining, publishing and delivering appropriate communications to ensure services and processes are understood, utilised, and applied through digital newsletters and our websites.

Acting as the main point of contact for academics, staff and student representatives in the effective and efficient delivery communication and event support.

Providing support to ensure reporting activity on usage and uptake information is as accurate as possible to influence future communication decisions.

Remaining up to date with the latest marketing and communications developments, including the use of new technologies, and best practice elsewhere in the sector.

Liaising with the Press and Internal communications team to ensure that they are made aware of newsworthy stories and support them, as appropriate, to communicate these effectively.

Updating and maintaining the Communications team’s digital file structure and file management, archiving etc.

Please contact Phil Stentiford – for informal enquiries.

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


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.

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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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