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Communications Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)


An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled Communications Coordinator to support the delivery of effective multi-channel communications for the Department. Zoology is home to a thriving community of researchers, students, staff, and visitors who work to answer the most exciting and important questions about how organisms develop, function, behave, interact and evolve. Members of the Department have a diverse range of research interests including exciting projects in areas such as conservation, ecology, evolution, cell and developmental biology and neurobiology.

This varied and dynamic role has key responsibilities in the provision of and support for communication content (including website and social media channels) and events, working closely with other stakeholders both in the Department and within the wider community. Support, development and maintenance of the Zoology SharePoint site is also an important part of this role. The role holder will work closely with the Director of Alumni Relations to take the lead with alumni relations programme activities, including the termly newsletter. You will build and develop strong relationships within the Department, with the Museum of Zoology, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, with others in the University such as the School of Biological Sciences Communications Team and with various external stakeholders.

Candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, work effectively as part of a team and have the ability to build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority. The successful candidate will have excellent planning and organisational skills with an eye for detail. You will have experience in using communications platforms, including social media tools and website content management systems, and demonstrate knowledge of audience-driven communications.

We have a proactive approach to personal and team development and we will provide training where necessary for this role. You will have access to a broad selection of staff benefits and personal development opportunities including discounts at a wide range of local and national businesses and educational opportunities available exclusively to University of Cambridge employees.

You will be required to work on site at the Zoology Department. On occasion you will be required to work outside of normal working hours at weekends and out of hours.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Informal enquiries are encouraged - please contact Louise Balshaw, Departmental Administrator da@zoo.cam.ac.uk

Interviews in person are planned to take place in the week commencing 18 July 2022.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

Flexible working requests would be considered. Please feel free to discuss flexibility prior to applying or at interview if your application is successful.

We particularly welcome applications candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF31714 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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