Director of Public Affairs: Notice
The Director of Public Affairs will be part of the senior team working closely with the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrary, and key stakeholders in leading the communications function. Key tasks will include developing the international profile of the University against the background of the University's 800th anniversary in 2009; positioning the University appropriately in the on-going debate concerning HE, funding mechanisms, and other contentious issues; and actively strengthening the University's network of stakeholders including the Government, funding bodies, and regulatory authorities.
Aims of the position:
- To develop a public affairs strategy to enhance the understanding and positioning of the University internationally, nationally, and locally.
- To lead and manage a department of 30 people responsible for media relations, publications, internal communications, community relations, and the University website.
- To advise the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officers on public affairs, strategy, and management, and to give advice to other parts of the University, and to the Colleges where relevant.
- To implement a public affairs and media relations strategy.
- To build relationships with stakeholders including the Government and other key stakeholders.
- To contribute to the development of stakeholder communications channels.
- To contribute to the development of the international recognition and reputation of the University, working with key partners.
- To review internal communications to enhance and extend communications from the University centrally and between Colleges, Faculties, and Departments.
The Director of Public Affairs will:
- have experience in a complex organizational structure with a background in strategic communications, development, and planning, and be capable of exercising senior leadership in such an organization;
- be able to work effectively with Government and other major stakeholders, nationally and internationally;
- have a good understanding of public policy issues facing UK higher education;
- be able to lead an interdisciplinary professional team;
- have excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and presentation skills;
- be a team player, able to work with energy and enthusiasm to tight deadlines;
- be able to engage with the values and aspirations of the University;
- be of graduate calibre.
An attractive package is offered. Please send a curriculum vitae by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 24 May 2004. Enquiries by e-mail are preferred, if possible.
The University of Cambridge is an equal opportunities employer.