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Communications Executive

Star Central

Job reference: 001504

Closing Date: 04/10/2020

Salary: £28,672 to £32,234 (S7 SCP 24-28)

Contract Term: Permanent

Contract Type: All Year Round

Phase/Establishment Type: Star Academies

Hours Per Week: 37 hours per week

Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

Do you want to join a team that provides outstanding leadership, strategic direction and support to some of the best schools in the country? Do you want to play your part in delivering outstanding learning and teaching to young people in disadvantaged communities? If so, joining the Star team might just be the best career move you ever make.

About Star Central

Star Central, which is based at our head office in Blackburn, Lancashire, provides leadership, strategic direction and support to Star Academies, Star Institute and our schools.

The Star Central team includes experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to provide an outstanding support service to the Star community. We support our schools to provide educational and operational excellence and to cultivate a strong Star community, with the aim of nurturing today's young people and inspiring tomorrow's leaders.

It's an exciting time to join the Communications Team at Star Academies.

We're expanding the team so that we can continue to deliver a responsive and effective communications service to the Trust and our growing family of schools. Working for one of the largest and highest performing multi-academy trusts in the Country, the successful candidate will help us build our brand, support our schools to communicate effectively and keep our 2,000-strong workforce informed and engaged.

Who we're looking for

We are seeking a communications expert who is adept at producing quality, creative and engaging content for a range of channels and audiences. With a strong eye for detail and creative flair, you will be able to distil complex information to create engaging messages and well-written copy.

Planning and producing engaging internal communications and social media content will be second nature to you, as will measuring the effectiveness of communications and identifying improvements.

A team player, who's also able to work independently, you will be able to prioritise a busy workload to consistently meet deadlines.

You will have:

  • A degree or equivalent in English, communications, PR, marketing or a related discipline
  • At least 3 years working in a communications or marketing role
  • First-hand experience of developing and successfully implementing effective communications plans
  • Excellent copywriting skills and the ability to write high-quality, engaging content for a broad range of channels and audiences
  • A proven track record of growing an organisation's social media reach and engagement.

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 25 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you'll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person's future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level.

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

Find out more

Please download the job description and person specification below for further information about the role. For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Star Central by calling .

Due to the current situation with coronavirus in the UK, we are continuing to advertise vacancies and would encourage all interested, suitably qualified candidates to apply and we will ensure that no successful applicant incurs a financial detriment as a result of moving to Star.

We will shortlist as soon as possible after the closing date and will be in contact with shortlisted candidates to make arrangements for assessment. We will determine on a job by job basis the most suitable method for assessment in light of the current situation.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date: Sunday, 4 October 2020 at midnight
  • Interview Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
  • Proposed Start Date: To be confirmed.

Application Process

To apply, please visit our website via the button below.

You should ensure your application form and supporting statement address all elements of the person specification. We will only consider candidates who meet the vast majority of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

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