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Director of Communications

External Relations
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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A significant force for education and empowerment, societal and community advancement, and a major generator of economic growth, the University of York is a world-leading institution with a reputation for excellent interdisciplinary research and outstanding teaching and learning. A community of over 20,000 students and staff, with a turnover of £367 million, and an annual economic impact of £1 billion to the national economy, the University is a crucial contributor to the aspirations and ambitions of its city and region as well as for the UK as a whole.

The Directorate of External Relations at York is undergoing an exciting restructure, in which three strategic roles have been developed to support the Director of External Relations: the Director of Recruitment, Marketing, Admissions and Outreach; the Director of International Recruitment, Partnerships and Mobility, and the Director of Communications.

The new Director of Communications is an integral part of this exciting restructure. This role will help create and oversee a new Communications Strategy that supports the advancement of York’s reputation as a world-leader in teaching, research, student experience and employability. The position will play a pivotal role in determining and managing an integrated communications strategy to represent the University’s brand identity and voice across all media platforms to engage and influence key stakeholders and support the University’s key strategic objectives and enhance the University’s reputation as a global leader in teaching and research.

The successful candidate will have experience in brand development, strategic and digital communications, cultural change, public engagement, internal, external and crisis communications. The ability to work collaboratively and lead across functions within York to support the development and implementation of strategic communication requirements is essential.

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented at senior management level in the institution. #EqualityatYork

For further details, including a job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please click the apply now button below.

Applications will close at 09:00 BST on Friday 23rd August.
Location: York
Salary: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

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York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.