Head of Communications

Russell Group
London (Central), London (Greater)
07 Dec 2017
10 Jan 2018

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, are currently seeking a Head of Communications. This is a permanent full-time post based in Central London.

The successful candidate will provide high-level strategic support to the Chief Executive on all communications and media issues in a political and policy-led environment. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working at a strategic level with senior colleagues at the Russell Group, as well as Heads of Communications at our member institutions
  • Carrying out strategic planning with regard to communications at the organisation including general horizon scanning and forward planning activities to ensure knowledge systems were fit for purpose
  • Monitoring developments in the media and the UK Parliament which impact on Russell Group universities, informing the Chief Executive as appropriate with the aim of enabling the Group to anticipate lines of enquiry and to prepare statements and news releases as appropriate
  • Managing a small Communications team and ensuring their activities are delivered efficiently and effectively to the highest standard
  • Increasing stakeholder and advocate engagement, including liaising with businesses and increasing communications with member organisations
  • Promoting our highly successful brand internationally, speaking at public events, and delivering an increased/improved digital presence for the organisation, as well as taking overall responsibility for conference organisation

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can manage and prioritise a challenging and varied portfolio of work, meet tight deadlines, embrace change, and work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Applicants will have held the top position in a communications function, engaging directly with the organisational head on strategic issues, not just execution roles
  • A solid foundation of working in multiple communications disciplines and effective practitioner skills would be an advantag
  • Significant career experience in communications or an adjacent profession is essential
  • A good understanding of the HE sector both nationally and internationally would be an advantage
  • The successful candidate will be able to build relationships within the Russell Group and its member institutions, and externally. They will demonstrate emotional intelligence in their dealings with others
  • They will be capable of evaluating complex arguments and taking account of different inputs, but will be able to take decisions in a timely manner

We offer a competitive salary dependent on skills and experience.

A full Vacancy Description is available from the following link: http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies  

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 10th January 2018

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard by Friday 26th January 2018 your application will not have been successful.

To apply, please submit the following to rg.1@russellgroup.ac.uk by the deadline:

  1. An up-to-date curriculum vitae including:
  • details of your current and past employment including your current salary
  • your degree and A-Level (or equivalent) qualifications including subjects and grades
  • two references, including your current or most recent employer and a former manager who could be contacted during the recruitment process

  2. A supporting statement (maximum 750 words) addressing the                       following two points:

           a. how your knowledge, skills and experience meets the                                     requirements of the role

           b.why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

 For a confidential discussion, please contact Paul Purcell on 020 3816 1300.

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