University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Communications Manager

United Kingdom

Closing in 4 days

Communications Manager Development & Alumni Relations

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £34,980 to £38,205 per annum Full Time Permanent Closing Date: Sunday 02 June 2024 Interview Date: Monday 10 June 2024 Reference: 2478323CD-R

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Office of Development and Alumni Relations team at the University of Southampton, creating and delivering a range of strategic communications for our alumni and supporter community.

You'll be responsible for planning and delivering a whole plethora of communication tools to support our fundraising and engagement. You'll be supported by a Communications Officer, who you will line manage.

You will be responsible for activities such as:

  • Working with our partner website development agency to create and maintain engaging, user-focussed websites
  • The strategy and delivery of social media campaigns
  • Managing photoshoots
  • Working with videographers to develop compelling video content
  • Managing digital advertising campaigns
  • Creating and delivering strategies to improve data and engagement amongst our key target audiences
  • Creating and delivering email campaigns
  • Working with our in-house data team to create smart, segmented mailing lists
  • Your work will help us raise millions of pounds to support our life- transforming research. So… if you care about making a difference, this could be the role for you.

    About you

    You'll have a number of years of marketing communications experience, ideally gained in a charity or education environment. We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and has the expertise and experience to take ownership of projects.

    You'll have a strong understanding of digital channels, including website, video, digital advertising and social media. You'll also have an eye for design and possess good marketing writing skills.

    With a passion for making a difference, you will thrive in a busy environment, have exceptional project management skills, and be adept at collaborating with a wide range of different stakeholders.

    Line management experience will be an advantage.

    About us

    At the University of Southampton, our aim is to change the world for the better, bringing together realms of research, creativity and knowledge to have a truly collaborative, immersive and ground-breaking impact. We care about the challenges that humanity is facing, and work to support others on a local and global scale.

    In the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, our job is to galvanise our community to solve these challenges and to make a difference.

    It's a very exciting time to join us as we are about to embark on an ambitious £100m Campaign for Southampton. One of our key focusses will be on medical innovation; this fund will address the world's most pressing healthcare challenges through interdisciplinary research. We have the chance to make a real difference.

    We need people with intellectual curiosity and people who have different ideas. We need people with direct experience or transferable skills and the interest and drive to take on a new challenge. We are actively determined to welcome a diverse group of colleagues into our inclusive team. Every day will be different, you will meet incredible people and the rewards will be huge.

    Imagine fundraising for medical technologies that could cure cancer or dementia. Or helping a student from a disadvantaged background attend University—because of a scholarship or mentoring that you helped secure. That could be you.

    Help us change the world. Join us.

    If you'd like to have an informal chat about this role or ask any questions, please contact Beth Jewitt, Head of Alumni & Supporter Communications on [email protected].

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    Job details


    Communications Manager


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    May 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 02, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Social Science

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

    The university has seven campuses; amongst them, five are in Southampton itself and the other two are in Winchester and Malaysia, respectively. Highfields is the main campus of the University of Southampton. Notably, Southampton is a vibrant city with enormous opportunities. All the seven campuses of the University of Southampton boast of world-class infrastructure. The campuses maintain the most optimized environs for advanced learning. There are hi-tech laboratories, art studios, and libraries on the campuses. The university comprises highly-experienced faculty members who are from the academia as well as respective industries. Further, Southampton maintains collaborations with the leading universities and institutions across the world for student exchange and study-abroad programs.

    The University of Southampton is dedicated to research-oriented education. It has partnered with other universities, government bodies and industries to conduct integrated research and innovation programs. The university is also funded by businesses for commercial research and development. Southampton conducts skill development programs for students catering to the demands of industries. The adaptability and aptitude for evolving technologies are cultivated amongst the students to help them grow as future leaders. Further, the university has a placement cell and maintains tie-ups with industries for the placements of students.

    The University of Southampton features holistic environments for the overall development of the students. Apart from best-in-class academic modules, the university offers ample opportunities to maintain physical fitness and mental well-being. There are sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cafeterias on the campuses. Further, regular fitness classes, sports meets, cross-disciplinary activities, competitions, cultural events, and fests are organized at the university. The University of Southampton also engages in various social and environmental awareness campaigns. Moreover, students get the opportunity to participate in community development initiatives. The university has the mission to build a better world with innovative minds.

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