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Senior Communications and Engagement Officer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-08495

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 14/11/2016

Salary: £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

School/ Directorate: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2019

We are seeking an experienced communications professional with first-class communications, project and people management skills to help achieve a step-change in the policy impact and reach of the University’s world-class research and expert knowledge.

You will play a crucial role in delivering an ambitious three-year engagement strategy for the successful policy@manchester initiative. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious, award-winning, high-profile team.

As Senior Communications and Engagement Officer, you will lead on the delivery and monitoring of a number of key engagement initiatives, aimed at policymakers and influencers.

You will work with a team of Communication and Engagement Officers, and under the guidance of the co-Directors and the Head of Communications and Engagement, to support researchers and professional colleagues in the Schools and Faculties. You will build on existing activity and help colleagues to develop effective routes to impact among target policy audiences.

You will deploy a broad range of tools and use multiple channels to achieve demonstrable impact – with a strong focus on digital and online channels. As Editor of our successful Manchester Policy Blogs, you will not only have excellent writing and editing skills, but an awareness of what’s happening in the wider world, and the ability to manage a heavy flow of content to best effect.

Other responsibilities include proactive identification of external opportunities, communications planning, proactive horizon scanning for opportunities, delivering an effective programme of events, and managing policy@manchester’s online and social media presence.

You will have strong people and project management skills, with a commitment to building internal and external relationships. You will be required to take a lead role on team projects linked to fast-moving current affairs, and also high profile events, both in the UK and on some occasions overseas. You will be comfortable working on your own initiative, making important decisions and seeking counsel where necessary – and providing regular reports to senior colleagues.

Importantly, you will possess outstanding oral and written communication skills, and must be confident giving professional advice to senior people and subject specialists. You will ensure engagement activity among researchers is considered and embedded from the outset, and is not merely an end-of-project exercise.

The role sits within the Communications and Marketing Team in The Faculty of Humanities, but you will work with colleagues across the University.

“Previous applicants need not apply. Interviews are scheduled to take place 30th November.”

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Mr Alex Waddington


Tel: 0161 275 3038

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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The closing date for this job has now passed.