Media Relations Manager ref 2956

School/department: Communications & External Affairs
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for three years
Reference:  2956
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,883 per annum
Placed on: 28 March 2018
Closing date:  30 April 2018.  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 Media Relations Manager on a fixed term basis for three years to support a number of its Schools across the sciences, social sciences and arts/humanities.

The postholder will also play a key role in protecting and enhancing the University’s institutional reputation through proactive and reactive media activity. The role sits within the University’s Communications and External Affairs division. 

The Media Relations Manager will be responsible for building awareness and enhancing the reputation of their designated academic school/s and the University as a whole by proactively promoting its work, staff and students.

A major part of the role will be researching, writing and disseminating stories which support the objectives of the academic school/s 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.  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 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 that demonstrate a sustained approach to promoting the school/s and institutional initiatives.

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.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 2956) (PDF 115.66KB)

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

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) 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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