Internal Communications Manager Ref: 6640

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: 6640
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 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 an Internal Communications Manager to support the delivery of a comprehensive communications strategy to engage all members of the University community in its transformation programme.

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 Internal Communications Manager will report to the Head of Change Communications and will develop and deliver tactical communications plans that support the University’s overall Transformation Communications Strategy.

The role’s principle accountabilities are to:

  1. Be responsible for delivering key elements of the strategy, including the design and delivery of engagement events, drafting of materials such as presentations, Q&As, emails, web copy, scripts and speeches.
  2. Lead on the production of video, artwork and other supporting creative materials.
  3. Be responsible for ensuring materials are developed to the highest standard, seeking input from relevant stakeholders. 
  4. Collaborate with a wide number of internal colleagues, building strong relationships to ensure that communication activities are coordinated and planned.
  5. Update online channels and using the University’s content management system to ensure that information is available to audiences and regularly updated.
  6. Develop creative ideas to engage staff by using the latest digital platforms to ensure that everyone’s views can be heard.
  7. Support the delivery of tactical communications plans that underpin the overall strategy, particularly to smaller audience groups across the University.

Relevant experience of working in a large organisation in an internal communications role is vital, as is effective planning and organisational skills, including writing and delivering communications plans.

The post holder should have well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build rapport and the ability to effectively influence others in their area of expertise, effectively contributing to team working.

The ideal candidate will have proven success in developing comprehensive change communication plans for a wide range of audiences and have the ability to introduce a step-change in how internal audiences engage with an organisation.

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 6640 [PDF 165.60KB]

Visa Sponsorship Queries:
This role may be eligible for sponsorship. If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page for further information. If you want further advice on sponsorship eligibility please contact HRCompliance@sussex.ac.uk "


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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