Head of Communications (part time)

Salary £27,000 - £43,000 (pro rata) depending on experience + benefits 

The Head of Communications role is responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy, using a wide variety of media channels to raise awareness of the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and the work it does, and in turn enhance its reputation. The target audience for IES work includes government and other public agencies, employers, as well as the wider public. The Head of Communications will work closely with a wide variety of colleagues to develop key communications campaigns and projects.

  • The main purpose of this role is to raise the profile of the Institute proactively by:
  • Developing and implementing a communications strategy to support the strategic direction of IES.
  • Providing strategic direction on the dissemination activities of the Institute to support the work of our researchers and consultants.
  • Managing and co-ordinating internal information provision, specifically internal databases and the staff intranet.
  • Planning and co-ordinating the external presentation of the Institute’s work to its target audiences. This will both support the Institute’s charitable mission to disseminate its research findings to a wide audience, and assist the Institute in marketing its services to potential funders of research and consultancy.
  • Managing and directing the work of the Communications Officer.

The role is a part-time position (17.5 to 25 hours per week), reporting to the Director of IES. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with social media, digital marketing, and campaign-based project experience who wants to make a substantial impact to a small, not-for-profit research organisation.

In addition, we offer a collective salary supplement; a defined benefit contributory pension scheme; 27 days’ annual leave; plus bank holidays and four closure days (pro rata); flexible working arrangements; employee assistance programme; occupational health support; and further opportunities for training and development.

This job will be based at the Institute’s head office in Brighton.  

Full job description and person specification

Equal opportunities monitoring form

How to apply

Please submit a covering letter, demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements in the job description and person specification, your salary expectations and a copy of your CV, along with a completed equal opportunities monitoring form.  

Please send to:

Careers, IES, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL


Email: careers@employment-studies.co.uk

Closing date for applications

midday Monday, 23 October, 2017

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies is committed to equality of opportunity and we encourage diversity in the workplace. The current British and European law states that we cannot employ a person aged 16 or over who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to your situation before applying for any jobs (see Home Office UK Border Agency website).

Appointments will be subject to a report from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland.

We are also unable to apply for work permits/tier applications until all European Economic Area/European Union (EEA/EU) options have been eliminated. This effectively means that we are very unlikely to apply for a work permit/tier applications unless a candidate has rare skills, which we cannot source from within the EU/EEA.

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People