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Head of Public Affairs

Are you an exceptional and engaging public affairs professional, with a proven track record of forging meaningful relationships with stakeholders? Can you develop and direct a programme of public affairs activity which exploits political and policy opportunities and mitigates risks? Are you able to communicate information to key political and policy audiences with accuracy, focus and flair?

We are seeking an experienced, self-motivated public affairs strategist and practitioner to help us raise our profile with key local, national and international political and policy stakeholders. 

Leading the University’s public affairs agenda within the Communications team, you will offer insight and expertise to ensure political and policy engagement activity is effective and aligned with our academic and corporate ambitions.

You will communicate with, develop and maintain strong relationships with key political and policy stakeholders, provide credible advice to senior staff, and work with colleagues from across the University to inform our communications/engagement activity and planning.

This appointment comes at a particularly exciting time for the University, as it devises a strategy for the coming decade that takes account of the current volatile political and policy environment.

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

Mark Devane, Director of Communications

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3207, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Communications Team
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £41,526 to £49,553 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 22 October 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 25 October 2019
Interview Date:  Thursday 14 November 2019
Reference:  CSCOM1045
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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