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UCU offers a range of benefits including good working hours, generous annual leave entitlement and membership of a pension scheme. UCU is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications from suitable people with a disability are welcome. London-based employees receive a London allowance. 

Current vacancies

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Current vacancies

Communications & public affairs officer

Salary: £50,100 pa. (including LW)
Location: London NW1

An opportunity has arisen for someone to play an exciting role within UCU. Reporting to our Head of Communications & Public Affairs, you will develop and maintain UCU's political influence by liaising with members of parliament, peers, and other organisations with shared political objectives. More specifically, you will co-ordinate meetings and public events; represent UCU within the Westminster parliamentary environment; assist with lobbying and prepare reports, briefing papers, articles, speeches and other materials. You will also help build an understanding of and support UCU's bargaining and organising priorities amongst extra-parliamentary political and community groups. Responding to media enquiries and maintaining the union's social media presence will also form part of your duties.
For this role, you will need to demonstrate you have the necessary skills to work in a highly politicised environment and have either experience of or a demonstrable ability to carry out deadline-driven press, lobbying and other briefing work as well as an interest in current issues in further and higher education.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email quoting job reference CPO1.

Application pack: communications & public affairs officer [275kb]

Closing date for applications: 8 December 2020 at 10am

Interview date: 22 December 2020