Director of Communications

Job Title: Director of Communications
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cardiff
Salary: 51,273
Reference: Director of Communications
Contact Name: Rhiannon Bowen
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 24, 2018 10:20

Job Description

The role is a permanent full-time position. It offers an excellent working environment and benefits package including 38 days annual leave, plus bank holidays.

The Organisation

Cardiff University Students’ Union (CUSU) has a vision of working with every Cardiff student to enhance their university experience. As a student-led, independent part of the university, CUSU represents students and provides a diverse and inclusive range of activities and services that enrich student life. These include advice, training, skills development, volunteering opportunities, employment and other services that promote inclusion, friendship and personal development. CUSU supports over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs that boast more than 10,000 members.

CUSU is also the recognised voice of students at Cardiff University, joining students in campaigning about the issues important to them. The trading subsidiary of CUSU, Cardiff Union Services Limited, manages a purpose built facility in the centre of Cardiff and operates cafes, shops, bars and events that help fund CUSU’s charitable activities. CUSU is based on Park Place and at the Heath Park campus, employing over 100 permanent staff and 300 student staff. The organisation was ranked in the top 100 of the Sunday Times Best Not-for-profit Companies to Work For in 2016, as well as holding Gold status through Investors in People. CUSU aspires to have a positive impact on the wider community in Cardiff and is consistently graded the number one Students’ Union in Wales and in the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction.

The Job

An exciting and challenging opportunity has been created for a Director of Communications to lead the strategic development and management of the Union’s marketing and communication initiatives. Key responsibilities will include creating and leading an effective response to the impact of the Centre for Student Life, improving student engagement and increasing commercial performance in advertising, retail and on-line sales. You will be expected to enhance the Union’s identity and communications capability in line with strategic objectives and drive an internal and external communications strategy that positively affects employees’ and customers’ understanding, engagement and commitment.

As a member of the Strategic Management Team the successful candidate will also contribute to the overall planning, development and management of the Students’ Union. 

The Person

You will hold a degree level qualification in media and communication, marketing, public relations, strategic brand management, journalism or a business related field, and ideally hold a post-graduate management or communications qualification. You will be able to evidence high levels of knowledge, competence and achievement relevant to a communications role in a commercial environment and have significant experience of successful leadership and management. We are seeking a highly talented individual who is also a quick learner; experience in the student sector is not essential.

To request further information and a recruitment pack, please email quoting ‘Director of Communications’.

To apply, download an application form and submit together with a recent CV and covering letter. You may also like to include links to any work and/or accomplishments that you are particularly proud of with your application. When applying for vacancies within Cardiff University Students' Union, please complete our online Equal Opportunities Form. This can be accessed on the ‘Jobs at CUSU’ page.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 23rd February 2018.

Cardiff University Students’ Union is a student led equal opportunities employer.

Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.