Communications Officer (1 x full time or 2 x 0.5fte)


9th January 2018

We are looking for a Communications Officer to join our small team (approx. 13 staff) during this exciting period of expansion and perform this crucial communications role. This role will provide communications support to AUDE and UHR. We are looking for a candidate who can work full time or 2 candidates who can work 0.5 fte.

Professional HE Services (PHES) is an umbrella company for membership organisations in the UK Higher Education sector. PHES is the corporate “parent” to four Special Interest Organisations (SIOs); the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE), the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG), the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) and Universities Human Resources (UHR). Between them, these organisations support UK university staff who work in the areas of estates, facilities management, finance, procurement, strategic planning, and HR.

The successful candidate will proactively position the SIOs in the media looking for opportunities to showcase good news stories and celebrate sector success. You will act as public relations manager between the SIOs, their stakeholders, local and national press and trade publications.

You will write innovative and informative communications to members via our digital platforms and social media. You will also take the lead on public consultations collating members views and draft collective responses that speak on behalf of the association.

The post-holder reports to the AUDE Executive Director and the UHR Executive Director. This role has no line management responsibilities, will be based in Loughborough and include frequent UK travel and occasional overnight stays.

We offer a competitive annual salary at Grade 6 £25,023 – £31,656 pro rata dependent on qualifications and experience. We benchmark our salaries to the University of Sheffield grading structure. A defined contribution pension scheme is offered with 7.5% employee and 16% employer contribution rates, together with life insurance. We offer 30 days’ holiday pro rata plus bank holidays and discretionary days’ office closure. Support for CPD and appropriate training will be given.


To apply, complete the application form and email it with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to 


The job description and application form can be downloaded from:

Closing date: Tuesday 9th January 2018 at midday

Interviews in Loughborough: Thursday 18th January 2018