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Communications Officer (Fixed Term)

We are looking for someone with a track record of delivering high-impact communications to help us shape and share communications for the Departments of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences during a pivotal time in their history.

The role of Communications Officer works with colleagues across the Departments, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge University Health Partners and the wider University and Colleges to support the communication strategy, planning and delivering internal and external communications that builds our reputation with key UK and international stakeholders and partners. The role may also support departmental managers with communications around reputational risks and if necessary contribute to crisis communications.

You will be an experienced writer who enjoys crafting stories for a variety of audiences, and you will have a strong sense of what constitutes good communications. You will be skillful at managing senior stakeholders and external partners. You will use insight, knowledge and analysis of our audiences to engage them with our research and teaching mission in the most impactful and effective way. You will work as part of a small team with a high degree of autonomy on communications using expertise to tell inspiring stories to enhance our global reputation, build relationships, engage our staff and prove our impact.

Main Duties:

-To develop, implement and evaluate proactive PR approaches to enhance the work of the Departments and their global position.

-To integrate reputation opportunities and risks into the wider work of the departments.

-To work with departments and project team in supporting our international partnerships with targeted communications.

About You:

-You will be educated to degree level in a communications or related subject and hold a professional (CIPR/NCTJ/PRCA) or post-graduate level specialist communications certificate or equivalent

-Demonstrable experience of creating, delivering and evaluating communications as part of integrated campaigns over a period of months or years to support business objectives.

-Experience of developing content for websites and working with design specialists to achieve high quality web content

-Experience of developing relationships with diverse groups and working with them to deliver audience focused communications.

-Experience of working with partner organisations on joint projects to ensure that all partners achieve their communications objectives on a shared project.

-A track record of identifying and highlighting communications opportunities and successfully obtaining impact.

-Experience of guiding senior colleagues whilst working with communications medium such as audio visual, social media- as well as developing more traditional long and short form content.

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 1 April 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date is Sunday, 23 September 2018, with interviews expected to take place the week commencing 1 October 2018.

Please quote reference RN16654 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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