Head of Communications, Humanities

University of Oxford


Contract type

Fixed Term or Secondment (14 months) from January 2024 to March 2025


Full time 

About the role

This is a 14-month post to lead communications for the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford. The postholder will solely hold the role for a year, with an extra month at the start and end for handover with the current postholder, who is taking a career break.

The postholder will be responsible for managing internal and external communications for the Humanities Division and will sit on the Divisional Office’s Senior Leadership Team. They will be given scope and support to develop bold communications campaigns to convey the value of the humanities to key audiences by finding and promoting outstanding research and teaching from across the Division’s academic faculties. They will recruit and line manage a small team within the Divisional Office, comprising a Communications Officer; a Marketing and Events Officer; and a Digital Media Officer. They will develop – and draw support from – a small group of communications officers across the Division’s faculties and units, and oversee freelance or agency support to help achieve their goals, as required.

The postholder will also advise senior officers on communications, provide media training where necessary, and work with key stakeholders across the collegiate University and outside. S/he will handle reactive and crisis communications relating to the Division and the Schwarzman Centre, working closely with the University’s Public Affairs Directorate, and report on activities to senior University officers and committees.

About you 

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent with line management experience and senior experience in corporate communications environment.

You will also have a proven track record of planning and leading the delivery of successful multi-channel communications strategies in a large and complex organisation.

The duties and skills required are described in further detail in the job description.

Application process

For your online application, you will be required to upload your curriculum vitae and a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience. As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them now.

For further details, please refer to the How to apply section of the job description. Any further enquires may be directed to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 24 November 2023. Only applications received before this time can be considered.

Shortlisting is expected to take place the following week and interviews held in the first two weeks of December.

Please quote Vacancy ID 169104 on all correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity 

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