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Job Details

Job Title

Head of External Communications




Highly competitive + benefits


Based in Milton Keynes

Date Posted

6th July 2018

Closing Date

26th July 2018

Job Type

Job Description

The Open University is looking for an experienced professional to lead on external communications.

Operating across all UK nations as well as internationally, the OU currently has almost 174,000 students, making it the UK’s most popular university.

Having changed the lives of millions of people who have studied with us over the years, alongside a world-leading research portfolio, the OU has many powerful and exciting stories to tell.

The last decade has seen significant changes to the way universities are supported and funded, which gives the University a huge opportunity to make a positive impact on lifelong learning.

We are looking for an individual with first-class news judgement, an eye for a story, and the capacity to develop a compelling narrative across multiple channels to promote our work and create maximum impact among influencers and opinion formers.

Reporting directly to Lucian Hudson, Director of Communications, you will work closely with colleagues at the highest level across the university, as well as externally.  You must therefore have proven experience of managing complex issues within a large organisation, excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and the drive and passion to place the OU at the centre of the debate on the issues facing higher education today.

Closing date: midday 26 July 2018

For detailed information and how to apply go to http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/head-external-communications-14763, or email the Recruitment Co-ordinator, comms-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number 14763. 

Closing date: midday 26 July 2018

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