Media Relations Manager Ref 8252

School/department: Communications, Marketing and Advancement Division
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 8252
Salary: starting at £34,404 to £40,927 per annum
Placed on: 4 April 2022
Closing date:  13 May 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: ASAP


Job description

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a Media Relations Manager to work within the media relations team which promotes the University’s world-leading research, its positive impact in the world and the vibrant individuals which make up its campus community. 

This is a dynamic role which will see the post-holder working proactively to secure media coverage on planned campaigns, as well as swiftly to spot opportunities to place comments by academic experts on breaking news stories. The role also requires the ability to handle sensitive media stories with care.

The post-holder will be responsible for promoting a group of the University’s academic schools and will secure media coverage for its students, staff, research and the teaching and learning experience.

The post holder will be required to write media relations plans in line with the organisation’s strategic goals to promote the University and its research. The role will include developing stories using a variety of communications tactics and social media platforms to reach multiple audiences.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced communications practitioner with  a strong eye for a news story, top media handling skills, and a collegiate approach to team-working. They will thrive on turning complex subject matters into engaging copy and content, and have strong communications skills and journalist contacts.  An ability to work collaboratively with others within the team and wider organisation is critical. 

The recruitment comes at an exciting time for our new and developing Communications, Marketing and Advancement division, and for the University which is about to welcome a new Vice Chancellor.

Staff are working in a hybrid way at present, with up to half of the time from home, and the rest from the office. Some out of office and weekend working will be necessary.

Please contact Anna Ford at a.ford@sussex.ac.uk for informal queries

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 8252 [PDF 166.22KB]

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

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact HRCompliance@sussex.ac.uk so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information


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 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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