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Job Vacancy: Publicity and Communications Officer

12 July 2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the position of Publicity and Communications Officer. The purpose of the role is to boost the profile, reputation and awareness of the Woolf Institute in the public sphere through the media. To achieve this, the postholder will carry out an effective marketing and communications plan in order to promote the Institute’s four major areas of activity: research, teaching, public education and policy.

The ideal candidate will deliver effective publicity, have knowledge and understanding of interfaith work and bring enthusiasm, commitment, a strong work ethic, and experience in planning. They will need to be able to commute easily to the Cambridge area.

This position is available on a full-time basis for an initial period of two years.


Key responsibilities

Public Relations and Publicity

  • Manage PR campaigns and publicity;
  • Research stories, write and disseminate press releases; liaise with, and provide information to, the media and arrange interviews with members of staff and the broader Cambridge research community as necessary;
  • Write promotional materials (such as brochures and fliers) for events, courses etc. in consultation with the relevant staff;
  • Promote events, news, teaching and research through various media channels;
  • Conduct appropriate research to target new audiences;
  • Collate information for in-house publications.

Website and E-marketing

  • Ensure the maintenance of a high quality online presence, namely: Create social media content (Facebook and Twitter accounts) and optimise Institute staff input in conjunction with the Social Media and Project Officer; Update Institute information on external websites and directories;
  • Provide ideas and help develop new e-marketing materials;
  • Maintain publicity/communication contacts on the database and keep a communications diary;
  • Maintain and develop informative and engaging digital and video content.


  • Assist in the organisation of events (e.g. taking photos, tweeting, setting up video  and filming);
  • Participate in fundraising events for the Institute.

The post holder will, from time to time, be required to undertake other duties of a similar nature as may reasonably be required by his/her line manager.

The Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded here.

Application details

To apply for the role, please send your CV along with a covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification to Tina Steiner (bs411@cam.ac.uk)

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 25 August 2017.

Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday 5 September 2017.



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