Head of Communications

National Foundation for Educational Research
Slough, Berkshire
Attractive salary, focused on your skills and expertise
24 Jul 2019
21 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Communications
Slough, Berkshire 

Looking for a leadership role combining seniority, challenge and purpose? If so, read on. 

This is an incredible opportunity for an experienced, strategic senior communications specialist to support an organisation that is wholly focused on making a difference to the educational outcomes for children and young people, both in the UK and internationally. 

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) 
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs both education policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people. 

About the Role 
The Head of Communications will drive the visibility and support the impact of NFER’s work, leading a team of communications experts in the development and delivery of an external and internal communications strategy. The role will promote and maintain a positive brand image for NFER and its work, capturing both proactive and reactive communications activity covering:

- Press, digital and traditional media 
- Stakeholder communications, including policy communications 
- Marketing and communications support for business development 
- Corporate communications 
- Public relations and reputation management 
- Brand management 
- Internal communications planning and delivery 

About the Team 
Reporting to the Director of Communications, this role leads a team of four which comprises a Policy Communications Manager, a Press & PR Executive, a Communications Executive, and a Marketing, Events & Stakeholder Executive. We are looking for someone who can work at a senior level and deputise for the director of communications. 

About You 
You will be an inspiring team leader with proven experience of leading a high profile and effective communication function. You will have excellent media relations experience, be an accomplished communicator with strong verbal and written communication skills and an ability to assess and respond to reputational risk. You’re inquisitive and entrepreneurial, able to embrace new ideas and work closely with colleagues from across the organisation. You’re a supportive but ambitious manager, keen to drive high performance and help your team to develop as individuals. 

Other organisations may call this role Senior Communications Manager, Head of Marketing Communications or Head of External Communications. 

Why NFER? 
- Attractive salary, focused on your skills and expertise 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40 and London Heathrow. 

The closing date for applications is midnight 21st August 2019.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as the Head of Communications, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

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