About London Higher
London Higher is a membership organisation representing over 40 publicly funded universities and higher education institutions in London, as well as several universities with centres in London and a small number of private providers.
Our outputs and influence are diverse and include research reports, promotional material, meetings and workshops, parliamentary lobbying, media management and receptions. We also run a wide range of advisory groups and networks.
In addition, we work closely with partner organisations including the Greater London Authority, London First, the business sector and higher education sector bodies.
London Higher offers a range of company-wide benefits including up to 39 days off a year (including bank holidays and office close days over Easter and Christmas), flexible working, work from home days and flexible start and finish times.
About the role
London Higher is looking for a full-time Senior Communications and Content Officer to lead in sourcing, producing and sharing the organisation’s external content. This exciting post will offer an up-and-coming communications officer the chance to work across all of London Higher’s divisions to create and deliver an effective communications strategy which they will own and drive.
The postholder will be networked across our membership and in London’s higher education and political scenes, actively sourcing stories and content that will benefit our members. This will include attending and participating in key events and briefings held by London Higher and our key stakeholders.
In addition, during this important time for organisation, this postholder will have the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the London Higher brand, voice and ambitions for the future.
Main responsibilities will include:
- Content creator: Produce useful, innovative content for a range of channels to communicate London Higher’s mission and engage and influence key stakeholders, including drafting news articles, briefings, blogs, newsletter content, case studies, relevant consultation responses, parliamentary correspondence, campaigns and social media content.
- Media relations: With support from the CEO, plan and deliver a proactive and reactive media strategy. This includes identifying potential news stories, preparing press releases and drafting media comments.
- Digital Content: Develop our digital presence via social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) and the London Higher website, with the aim of growing our digital outputs and impact, and developing the London Higher ‘brand’.
- Communications Plan: Own and implement a communication plan which the team can follow and input into. This will include uniting colleagues from across London Higher and its divisions with a view to ensuring consistency of approach and to maximize the impact of the organisation’s external communications.
If you feel your skills and experience match the below, we would love to hear from you:
- Proactive ‘ideas-person’ regularly providing new ideas and excited to learn more about HE and London;
- Previous communications experience including a track record of successfully shaping and implementing a communications strategy;
- Proven ability to make a demonstrable impact on brand awareness and policy outcomes for key audiences;
- Excellent copywriting and analytical skills with the ability to present information, and draft copy quickly in a variety of styles for a wide range of audiences;
- Ability to build a trusted relationship with local, national and sector media outlets to secure positive media coverage for policy issues or events;
- Highly self-motivated with excellent organisational and planning skills with an agile and flexible approach;
- A ‘hands-on’ team player who is willing to get stuck in and also support other colleagues.
- Experience working in the higher education and research sector or with local and national government would be an advantage, but is not essential.
Note: Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 18 July 2022