University of Bath

University of Bath

Associate Director (Communications & Engagement) (KW11590)

Job title Associate Director (Communications & Engagement)

Department Marketing, Communications and External Affairs

Salary Starting from £56,021, rising to £64,914

Grade Grade 9

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Wednesday 03 April 2024

Closing date Sunday 21 April 2024

Interview date Friday 03 May 2024

Reference KW11590


About the role

We are excited to be building a Marketing, Communications, and External Affairs function within the University of Bath. For more information on the department and to view more opportunities, please click here.

Are you a strategic communicator with a passion for building meaningful connections and driving positive change? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where creativity and collaboration are valued alongside a clear focus on delivering outcomes? If so, we have an opportunity for you to make a difference as our Associate Director (Communications & Engagement).

As Associate Director (Communications & Engagement), you will play a pivotal role in fostering meaningful connections with our diverse stakeholders and in shaping our strategic communications plans, including demonstrating the impact of our research and innovation. With your strategic vision and creative flair, you will lead our talented internal and external communications professionals. These teams deliver excellent communications through strategic campaigns, news and media, social media, and staff and student engagement, with a clear focus on audience and outcomes.

The Associate Director (Communications & Engagement) has a lead role in raising the University's regional, national, and international profile, enhancing its reputation for research and teaching excellence.

This is an exciting time to join the University and we are looking for someone who can help us continue to build on our success, working collaboratively with colleagues across our Faculties, School, Advancement Office, Institutes, and more broadly to deliver our aims.

The post-holder reports to the Vice-President (External Relations).

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • an experienced communications specialist who can develop, implement, and deliver effective strategic communications and engagement plans
  • passionate about higher education and its contribution to the global common good through education and research
  • a strategic thinker who combines innovation with a focus on outcomes and impact
  • a natural relationship builder, influencer, and leader who is used to collaborating closely with colleagues to successfully deliver plans
  • an expert spokesperson, able to tell the University's story aligned with our strategy and ambitions
  • expert in leading proactive strategies and experienced in managing urgent and reactive communications with sensitivity
  • skilled people leader, with a coaching approach and the ability to nurture talent.
  • About Us The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities, with a reputation for high-impact research, and excellence in education, student experience, and graduate prospects. A top ten university in the major UK university rankings, Bath has this year entered the top 10% of universities globally in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

    Research from Bath is helping to change the world for the better. Across the University's three Faculties and School of Management, our research is making an impact in society, leading to low-carbon living, positive digital futures, and improved health and wellbeing.

    The University strives to offer some of the best student and employee experience within UK higher education. Students, staff, and alumni talk of the tangible sense of community at Bath and we aim to foster a culture where everyone feels they can belong. We are an employer where difference is celebrated, respected, and encouraged. We have an excellent national and international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

    Through our Marketing, Communications, and External Affairs teams, our vision is to empower people to choose the University of Bath. We support colleagues to deliver the University's strategic objectives through our professional advice and expertly executed plans.

    What we can offer you:
  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details


    Associate Director (Communications & Engagement) (KW11590)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 21, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Social Science

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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