Director of External Relations

Bristol or London based
£94,227 - £124,585
13 Dec 2017
13 Jan 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

This is a unique opportunity to lead the external relations for England’s new independent regulator for our world-leading higher education sector.  The Office for Students (OfS) was established by the Higher Education and Research Act in 2017 and will become fully operational in April 2018 when it will replace the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Office for Fair Access.  The OfS aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the post holder will contribute to collective strategic decisions to develop new organisational strategy, culture and systems, and to enable the delivery of the OfS’s objectives.

As one of six directors reporting into the chief executive, the ideal candidate will be a strong leader with significant experience leading communications at an organisational level, demonstrable skills in managing multiple stakeholders, a proven record in developing excellent communications strategy in complex policy areas, and will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, handling issues at the top of the news agenda. They will need to bring significant experience of leading teams to deliver an external relations and communications function.

The post holder will lead on the OfS’s external relations and its internal and external communications. They will have specific responsibility for OfS’ policy on effective information, advice and guidance to students. They will be responsible for parliamentary affairs and events.   The successful candidate will need significant experience of strategic communications and substantial management experience. An understanding of working within a complex political environment is essential.

For an informal and confidential discussion please contact our advising consultant at GatenbySanderson, Paul Aristides ( / 020 7426 3987).  For more information or to apply please click on 'Apply'  

Closing date: 15 January 2018

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