Communications Officer (Falmer)
Professional Services - Brighton

Closing date: 09/08/2020

Job posted date: 27/07/2020

Salary: East Sussex Grade 7 - £21,702 - £22,330

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 37

Do you have a passion for creating clear and compelling stories about people and the work that they do?

We are looking for a comms guru - someone who wants to help us push our communications further. We are a Trust with massive ambition, and we want the right person to help us get our news to the right audiences. 

The person

We are looking for a Communications Officer who is highly organised, resilient, and enthusiastic. You will have:

  • degree or equivalent qualification/significant appropriate experience in relevant field
  • excellent communications and presentation skills
  • project management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • experience creating website content, video creation, blogs, vlogs and social media activity

The role

As our Communications Officer, you will sit in the Marketing and Communications team right at the heart of the Trust reporting to the Head of Marketing and Communications. Your main role will be to protect and enhance our reputation - making sure we effectively communicate to the right people at the right time, using the best method. You will also be required to attend events as a representative of the Trust.

This is a really busy and challenging role, and no two days are the same. You will work across our 15 academies, showcasing the many achievements that take place each and every day. Your input will be vital in key corporate projects, and we will be looking to you to let us know how best to communicate these.

As we do more and more communicating online, you will have excellent digital skills and an in-depth understanding of all social media channels. You will also be able to turn your hand to photography and video to help us communicate using these methods. 

About the University of Brighton Academies Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy Trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve. Read more about our vision and values here:

The University of Brighton is our sponsor, you can find out more here:  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

Benefits we offer

We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers.

We place particular importance on providing opportunities for you to learn and grow, with a package that includes an annual personal development day, job-related apprenticeships to enhance your skillset, open access online training courses, and scholarships run in collaboration with the University of Brighton.  And when the time is right for you to take the next step in your career, we can help you to find the right opportunity in one of our 15 schools.

The other benefits we offer, including our generous public sector pension schemes and family friendly policies, are designed to support you with work-life balance, wellbeing and the financial aspects of life.

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Find out more

Download the job description and person specification below for more information about this opportunity.

To arrange an informal discussion about this role please contact Alex Brewer, Head of Marketing and Communications on

To submit your application, follow the ‘Apply for job’ link at the bottom of this page.

Key dates

Closing date: Sunday 9 August 2020

Interview date: w/c Monday 17 August 2020

Proposed start date: w/c Monday 14 September 2020

Our commitment

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We welcome applications from all members of the community. The Trust is proud to be part of the government’s Disability Confident scheme which underpins our staff recruitment practices.