The Communications Assistant will be based in the Research Communication team, which is part of the Office of External Affairs and Communications (OEAC) and reports directly to the Communications Manager, Features. They will be responsible for the daily media-monitoring of press stories and the distribution of press materials and contacts information. Their work will contribute to the reports, plans and briefings supplied by the team to senior managers and other officers in the University.
The role-holder researches and maintains an accurate database of media resources and journalists. They co-ordinate data management with others to ensure an accurate and efficient media contacts listing. They will have the opportunity to work with talented writers; including being able to produce occasional press releases, news stories and features under the guidance of Communications colleagues.
The role-holder has no budgetary or line management responsibilities.
The employer is looking for a candidate who is educated to A level or equivalent and who has knowledge and experience of communications in higher education or research environments. You will need to have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. You will also need a good command of relevant web/content management systems (e.g. Drupal), knowledge and use of social media channels, and of Microsoft Office packages.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance. Consideration will also be given to internal candidates wishing to apply for this as a secondment opportunity.
Application deadline: 23 November 2014