Press and Communications Adviser

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Press and Communications Adviser

Pay Band 8 (OFFA)

£31,984 - £36,781

Based in Bristol

Are you an excellent communicator with significant experience in press relations?

OFFA, the independent public body that helps safeguard and promote fair access to higher education, is looking for a Press and Communications Adviser to help us communicate our messages effectively to diverse audiences. You will be an experienced communications professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills, mature judgement, a confident and positive approach and good interpersonal skills.  As a member of a small communications team (there are two other staff), you will be expected to help meet all OFFA’s communications and press needs including our publications and website. However, your chief responsibility will be press relations. You will need to have a proactive approach, an ability to think creatively and strategically, and be capable of keeping a cool head in challenging, fast-changing situations. You will also be responsible for developing and maintaining our stakeholder relations management plan.

OFFA’s small size means you will need to be able to prioritise effectively and work flexibly with colleagues to help meet changing demands. It also means you will enjoy considerable autonomy, deputising for the part-time Communications Manager where necessary and contributing to our strategy and policy planning from a communications perspective. 

If you have the above qualities and some experience, knowledge or interest in higher education, we would very much like to hear from you.

Benefits include 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata), a comprehensive staff development programme, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme.

CVs will not be accepted

Closing date for completed applications: midnight on 6 January 2013.

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