Head of Change Communications Ref: 6639

School/department:  Communications, Marketing and Advancement
Hours:  full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for two years
Reference: 6639
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  03 September 2021
Closing date:  23 September 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed  
Expected start date: to be confirmed


Job description

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a Head of Change Communications to oversee all communications aspects of the University’s transformation programmes, from devising the strategic approach to overseeing the delivery of activities. 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 Head of Change Communications will ensure that the change communications strategy is delivered to a consistently high standard and remains within budget.

As a leading member of a high-performing communications team, the post holder will be responsible for ensuring that objectives are met on time and that all activity is in line with the University’s overall strategic priorities. They will be responsible for ensuring compliance with professional standards and regulatory requirements.

The role’s principle accountabilities are to:

Direct all communications activity relating to the University’s transformation programmes.

Create and oversee a comprehensive communications strategy that ensures the University’s staff and stakeholders understand what the change means for them. 

Ensure that there is comprehensive two-way engagement amongst all stakeholder groups through a wide range of communications activities. 

Provide strategic counsel to the University’s senior leaders to ensure that the case for change is communicated to all audiences, that it is understood and that processes are clear.

Devise multi-channel strategies throughout the lifespan of the transformation programme using existing and new channels.

Analyse all activity, providing evidence of success and adapting plans depending on effectiveness.

A sound track record of initiating and managing large-scale communication strategies within a complex organization is vital, as is the ability to build effective relationships with, and command the respect of, a wide range of stakeholders, including senior staff members, influencing as necessary and resolving conflict.

The post holder should be highly organised and able to manage multiple project streams.

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of effective change communication tactics and latest developments in internal communications processes and technology, including social media.

Evening and weekend working may be required during busy times.

Please contact Alex Fulton at a.fulton@sussex.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 6639 [PDF 166.27KB]

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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 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to profservicesrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs 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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