Media Relations Manager Ref 6252

Job description

Previous applicants need not apply.

The University of Sussex is looking to recruit a part-time Media Relations Manager to manage the University’s reputation in the media and support three of its Schools in the Social Sciences and Sciences.  The role is a job-share position working for three days a week (currently Monday, Thursday and Friday).  The role sits within the University’s Communications, Marketing and Advancement division and comes at an exciting time of change for the division and University. 

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

 As a key member of a high-functioning media relations team, a major part of the role will be researching, writing and disseminating stories that support the objectives of the academic school/s and University to national, local, online and specialist media.  There is a requirement to translate complex information into compelling narratives that have media relevance.  A particular emphasis will be in creating opportunities to share student stories to multiple audiences.

 Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital as is a strong track record of developing fruitful and lasting relationships within the news media. 

 The post-holder will support the Head of Corporate Communications to successfully manage the University’s reputation in the media and will need to be confident and experienced in communications handling of crises and issues.

 A key element of the role will be to identify opportunities to enhance the reach of 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 thorough understanding of strategic communications planning and a sustained approach to promoting their schools.

 The ideal candidate will have either a background in journalism or experience working in a busy press office.  They will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with an excellent working knowledge of the news media, a strong eye for a story and top media handling skills.  Some out-of-office and weekend working will be necessary on a rota basis.  An ability to work flexibly with a job-share partner will be essential.

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

Please contact James Hakner at for informal enquiries

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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

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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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