Company Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara
Location Wellington, Wellington
Listed Wed 10 Jan, 2:56 pm
Type Full time, Permanent
• Work across New Zealand’s university sector
• Improve understanding of the social and economic impact of universities in New Zealand.
• Contribute to thinking and debate on the roles of universities and higher-education nationally.
Universities New Zealand is the peak body for this country’s eight universities. It coordinates work across the university sector on matters of common interest and it provides a constructive well-considered contribution to thinking and policy shaping in Wellington. Its work is overseen by a committee made up of the eight vice-chancellors.
We are looking for a proven communications professional to support our work programme.
Key functions of the role include:
• Developing strategy and overseeing projects to advance university sector communications objectives.
• Developing and maintaining key information on the sector for use in a range of publications, briefings and communications.
• Coordinating messaging and stakeholder positioning for the university sector.
• Monitoring media and pro-actively getting in front of issues as they arise.
• Writing and issuing an on-line newsletter with sector news and information six times a year.
• Preparing media statements, speeches, Op-Eds, presentations, and other communications.
We are a small friendly office of just fourteen people and this is the only dedicated communications and media role. We need someone who is good at everything and who has initiative and drive. We need someone who will have credibility with media and communications staff across the universities and who can develop and/or maintain effective networks across key agencies in Wellington.
Experience in the university sector is highly desirable, but not essential.
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Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.