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Job id: 092395. Salary: £37,332 - £42,099 inclusive of London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 10 July 2024. Closing date: 24 July 2024.

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy. Department: School of Security Studies School Office.

Contact details: Prof Wyn Bowen. wyn.bowen@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

About us

The School of Security Studies at King‘s College London is dedicated to the understanding of security issues in an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Harnessing the depth and breadth of expertise across the War Studies and Defence Studies Departments, and the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies, we are one of the largest multi-disciplinary communities of scholars in the world engaged in the teaching and research of all aspects of conflict, war, security and defence. 

About the role

Are you an organized, resourceful and accomplished administrator who also has strong communications skills and experience? The School of Security Studies, King’s College London, is looking for a Senior  Communications Officer with this broad skillset to support the School’s innovative Freeman Air and Space Institute (FASI) and work with its friendly team to deliver its strategy and its day-to-day activities. 

The successful applicant will help FASI build on its success over the last four years since its establishment as the first dedicated academic institute for air and space power in the UK. Specifically, you will support the Co-Directors and Research Staff in the Institute, including arranging meetings and producing agendas and minutes in a timely fashion; creating monthly reports to track progress; liaising with stakeholders, including acting as a first point of contact for all enquiries; and engaging with the Institute’s Advisory Board and funders.

Alongside these operational duties, the role will draw on and develop your creative communication and event organisation skills. You will be responsible for managing the publication of Freeman Institute Papers, copywriting for the website, crafting social media posts for FASI’s X and LinkedIn feeds, and producing bi-monthly newsletters.

You will be responsible for coordinating a range of online and in-person events including fireside chats, online webinars, workshops and larger hybrid conferences and lectures including the annual Chief of the Air Staff Lecture.

Operational responsibilities will include financial and HR administration, management of a risk register, budget management and invoicing, and other tasks vital to the delivery of contractual deliverables. This post will involve working with the School’s Contract Delivery Manager, Business Manager and Communications Manager to ensure wider resilience and coordination of FASI activities with those of the School of Security Studies and King’s College London. This post will report to the School Contract Delivery Manager.

The job would suit someone with excellent organisational skills and with careful attention to detail, who has a desire to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, students, communications professionals and partners from industry and government. It offers an excellent opportunity to broaden your skills within a supportive environment. The successful applicant must demonstrate an ability to use their initiative and work independently, but must also display excellent teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills to liaise effectively with the wide range of stakeholders involved in FASI.

​The School of Security Studies is located within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Together, we support an inclusive culture and diversity for our staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits. We currently have underrepresentation from BAME, disabilities and LGBTQ communities. As such, we particularly welcome applicants from these groups. 

This is a full-time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31/03/2026.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

1.        Educated to degree level or equivalent (OR has relevant work experience within the Higher Education sector)

2.        Administrative experience including strong written communication skills and an ability to display exceptional initiative working independently and proactively

3.        Demonstrable organisational and time management skills and a high degree of attention to detail

4.        Experience and proven ability in managing budgets, the provision of budget monitoring information, and invoicing

5.        Experience of using IT packages (MS Office, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

6.        Experience of developing and maintaining strong and effective working relationships with a wide range of partners and affiliates

7.        Experience in organising meetings, workshops, and events

8.        Demonstrable skills and experience in communications, broadly defined, including copywriting and content creation for social media, the web and newsletters

Desirable criteria

1.        Knowledge of the UK Higher Education sector

2.        Knowledge of the UK Defence and Security sector

3.        Experience in managing the production of papers or written reports 

Further information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community. 

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.