Media Relations Manager (maternity cover) Ref 0554

School/department: External Relations
Hours: Part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.6 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). Post holder will be required to work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Contract: Maternity cover (12 months)
Reference: 0554
Salary: Starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 30 January 2019
Closing date: 04 March 2019.  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 part-time Media Relations Manager to support four of its Schools that cover Arts/Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. The role is maternity cover for a job-share position, working for three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Friday).

The role sits within the University’s newly created External Relations division and comes at an exciting time as the University implements its new Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework.

Together with their job-share partner, the Media Relations Manager will be responsible for building awareness and enhancing the reputation of their designated academic schools by proactively promoting their students, staff, research and the teaching and learning experience.

The post-holder will work closely with colleagues across the division to identify media opportunities and influence external-facing projects across the organisation that contribute to the delivery of Sussex 2025.

A major part of the role will be researching, writing and disseminating stories that support the objectives of the academic schools and University to national, local, online and specialist media.

There is a requirement to translate sometimes complex information into a compelling narrative that has media relevance. A particular emphasis will be in creating opportunities to share student stories with multiple audiences.

Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital, as are existing relationships with key media.  The post-holder will also be required to work with communications colleagues on institutional stories as and when required to support the University’s strategic objectives.

A key element of the role will be to identify opportunities to develop stories across social media platforms using a variety of communications tactics to reach multiple audiences.

The post holder will be required to write annual and project public relations plans which demonstrate a sustained approach to promoting the school/s.

The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated Communications practitioner with a strong eye for a story and top media handling skills. Some out-of-office and weekend working may be necessary. Enthusiasm and an ability to work flexibly with a job-share partner will be essential.

Download job description and person specification Ref 0554 [PDF 111.95KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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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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