NIHR Head of Campaigns & Deputy Director of Communications

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7083189 (Ref.No. MHNCC1321)
Posted: August 17, 2021

Job Description

Are you a highly collaborative senior communications professional with a strong track record of working in health and/or research?  Do you have experience of developing and leading creative campaigns that shift understanding, attitudes and behaviours? An exciting new role has been created at NIHR in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to sustain and build engagement in health research among diverse people and communities across the nation, as well as stakeholders in the NHS and broader health and social care system. This role will partner with and deputise for the NIHR Director of Communications, whose focus is primarily on corporate communications.

You will be part of a central communications team that works closely with coordinating centre communications teams, achieving change through influencing skills rather than through a traditional hierarchical structure. You will line manage a Campaigns and Digital Marketing Manager and benefit from project management and PA support and the guidance of an external advisory board. This is a hands-on role requiring energy, tenacity and emotional intelligence.

Your organisational base will be the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Coordinating Centre (which is provided jointly by the University of Leeds and Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust) and your direct report will be to the NIHR Director of Communications. Your employer will be the University of Leeds and you will be based either in London or Leeds. In the first instance, this post is offered on a fixed-term basis to 31 March 2023 to align with NIHR contracts.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Frances Beves, NIHR Director of Communications

Tel: + 44 7500 227187


The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds a Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:  Leeds or London
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  NIHR CRNCC
Section:  NIHR CRN - Leeds or London Office
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £51,034 to £59,135 p.a.
Working Time:  1.0 Full-Time Equivalent
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 23 March 2023 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 17 August 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 September 2021
Reference:  MHNCC1321

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.


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