Job offer in england Head of Communications at University of Oxford

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is seeking to appoint to the key role of Head of Communications. This is an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced communications/media relations professional to maximise the international impact of the Institute’s work across the worlds of journalism, research and media policy.

As part of the leadership team, the postholder will be instrumental in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and innovative external relations and media strategy for the RISJ. The postholder will bring to the Institute a strategic and ambitious vision, extensive international media relations experience and contacts, and the practical experience to manage a diverse portfolio of communications and public engagement initiatives in a multi-stakeholder environment.

This is a hands-on, senior role requiring extensive experience in working with the media and a proven track record of creatively and effectively positioning organisations or issues to maximise impact and influence. The role will require exceptional strategic, analytical and writing skills, and proficiency in identifying and communicating key messages. She or he will have an innate understanding of the global media landscape and a proven track record in placing stories in international media.

The postholder will work closely with all colleagues in the Institute and will manage the communications team (under review, but currently one full-time Communications Officer). S/he will report to the Director of the Institute, Dr David Levy.

The ideal candidate will have a high general level of education, including a degree or equivalent in-depth experience of successful communication to varied international groups. The postholder will have an interest in cutting-edge research across a wide range of important global issues and an understanding of the Reuters Institute’s scope and ambition. Excellent management skills are essential, alongside an ability to think strategically and to work in pressured environments.

The duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars. Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to:, quoting the job reference number, or by telephone: 01865 285956.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 7 December 2017. Interviews will take place on 19 or 20 December 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford’s retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

Closing Date: 07-DEC-2017 12:00


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