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Communications Specialist (Outreach) (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the post of Communications Specialist (Outreach), to join us in the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) Central Team.

As the neaco Communications Specialist, you will hold responsibility for developing and implementing neaco's programme of communications to July 2022 (and beyond pending future funding). You will take on a key role in supporting and sharing our successes in East Anglia, and as part of a national project, to support young people's informed decision-making and progression to Higher Education opportunities.

Day to day work will include coordinating and managing our website, digital channels and print publications; collaboratively developing content and sharing innovative practice with our key audiences of stakeholders, educators, parents and young people aged 14-19; and maintaining a consistent brand across our messaging, materials and resources. You will proactively manage the communications of the neaco programme to audiences across East Anglia, as well as utilise creative and design skills for the creation of resources and materials for multiple purposes.

Collaboration, responsiveness and negotiation are important elements of this role, as you will be engaging across the neaco partnership to understand teams' and audiences' unique needs and priorities, and produce (yourself or by coordinating with agencies) messages, publications and materials from design through to delivery.. You'll also be directly supporting our delivery teams, such as providing briefings, training and guidance around communications, promoting events and celebrating impactful activity, raising the profile of our programme.

In this role you join neaco's Central Team at the University of Cambridge, which leads the Office for Students (OfS) funded Uni Connect project in East Anglia. Nationally, Uni Connect aims to increase the ability of young people from low participation neighbourhoods to progress to higher education pathways ¿ whichever route, subject and pathway that may be. As the lead for neaco, we represent our partnership of the five Universities and nine Further Education Colleges in East Anglia. Our partnership has worked together since 2017 to deliver an unprecedented outreach programme, through which to effectively engage diverse audiences across East Anglia, and achieve the Uni Connect goals. More information on our partnership is available at, and on Uni Connect at

Within our central team, you will work alongside seven colleagues, and be managed by the neaco Project Coordinator. You may be working remotely initially although ordinarily we expect team members to spend some time in our offices in central Cambridge. Some travel across or outside the East Anglian region may be required when safe to do so.

This is a fixed term post, the funds for which are available until 31st July 2022, though there is the potential for extension pending confirmation of further funding from the Office for Students.

Additional information regarding the role can be found in the further particulars. Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the person profile (the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

If you are unable to apply online or wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact Tom Ratcliffe, neaco Project Coordinator, at the University of Cambridge via

Closing date: 27th June 2021 Interviews are expected to be held on 7th July ¿ if you are unavailable on this date, please indicate so in your application.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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