Communications Officer – Artificial intelligence and data science conversion courses

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From climate change to poverty, public health to economic development, artificial intelligence and data science have a crucial role to play in tackling some of the greatest global challenges we face. We are looking for an exceptional communicator to ensure that talented graduates are able to learn these skills – helping their careers and making a real difference while doing so.

The Office for Students is in the independent regulator of higher education in England. We have been working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) and a number of universities in order to help fill the shortage of artificial intelligence and data science experts in the UK.

The DCMS and OAI are providing funding for universities and other higher education providers to develop postgraduate conversion courses in these areas. These courses will allow graduates of any discipline to gain skills in these cutting-edge areas.

This role – which is funded by DCMS – will help to promote the programme and the courses using a range of communications channels. Reporting to the Head of Media, the postholder will plan, deliver and evaluate a strategic communications campaign to help drive recruitment to these courses, including to groups under-represented in higher education.

You`ll either have – or be able to quickly develop – expertise in both strategic communications planning and the creation of creative and engaging content to be used across a range of communications channels. You will have the ability to explain complex issues in a straight-forward and engaging way and be quick to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders.

The role will suit someone with expertise in strategic communications, the delivery of creative content and an ability to quickly build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders. You will become a key and trusted partner of the funding organisations and the universities and other higher education providers delivering the courses, and work with significant autonomy to plan, deliver and evaluate communications which make a demonstrable and lasting difference.

This is an exciting role for someone to showcase their all round communications skills, and help ensure that students from all backgrounds are able to access and excel in these courses.

The OfS has offices in Bristol and London, although staff are currently working from home in line with government guidance. We will consider candidates on their merits wherever they are based, including applications to work from home through the course of the contract. The role will include some travel to the OfS offices and to partner organisations across England.

The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.

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