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Job Description

Location: Bristol /London 

Whether it`s grade inflation, graduate salaries or teaching quality, higher education is rarely out of the headlines. As the new independent regulator for higher education, it`s our job to ensure that students from all backgrounds have a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We`re looking for a strategic communications manager to help promote and explain our important work.

The postholder will lead the strategic planning and delivery of our communications around teaching excellence and student experience. This is a wide-ranging and interesting role, and an opportunity to work in a high profile and varied area of policy - including teaching quality, student mental health and well-being, and freedom of speech on campus. You will build close links with senior staff in our teaching excellence and student experience directorate to develop a coherent, comprehensive and impactful communications strategy for this area of our work. 

An exceptional communications professional, you`ll be a fluent writer and speaker. At ease building relationships - both with colleagues and external stakeholders - you`ll be a natural influencer. You`ll need to understand complex information and data, translating it so it`s easily understandable to a variety of audiences. A skilled and experienced project manager, you will have the ability to work collaboratively and flexibly on a number of projects, often with tight deadlines. 

If you have the right mix of practical communications skills and a demonstrable ability to think strategically, we`d love to hear from you. This is an exciting, varied and challenging role in a small and supportive team, and a great opportunity for someone looking to move to a new, high-profile and important organisation. We offer a flexible working environment, access to the civil service pension scheme and a host of other benefits. 

It`s important to us that our growing team is diverse so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. The role is full time; however, we will consider job share and part time applicants (minimum 0.6 FTE).

Location: Bristol, but would consider London-based with regular travel to Bristol. If based in London, salary will include an additional London weighting of £3,371.

Application deadline: 23:55 on 16th February 2019
Shortlist: 20th February 2019
Interview: 28th February 2019

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