Communications Officer (1.0FTE)

Date advertised

10 May 2022

Closing date

29 May 2022




Communications & Marketing

Required hours

Full Time




£37,910 - £41,171 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art & design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.

Applications are invited for an outstanding Communications Officer.  The Communications Officer sits within the Communications and Marketing team. The overall purpose is to distil and craft clear, compelling integrated strategic campaigns and stories, positioning the Royal College of Art (RCA) as the world-leading research-intensive postgraduate art and design university.

You will: 

  • Connect the RCA with audiences – from media pitching including national and international print, broadcast and digital – to creating click-worthy content, shaping themes and content across the RCA’s digital channels.
  • The postholder will work collaboratively with colleagues in the Communications & Marketing team and stakeholders across the RCA to develop and communicate multi-channel stories, with a focus on PR and media. This includes engagement around the new Battersea campus, which opens this year and forms part of the RCA’s strategic plan to articulate a bold vision to marry creative arts and design with science, technology and maths; the RCA’s world-famous Graduate Show; and the incredible work of our research centres. The role also includes nurturing and promoting key international partnerships and academic initiatives.

The overall approach should be evidence-based and one that delivers effective communications to meet the RCA’s business imperatives.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or have equivalent qualifications or relevant professional experience.

In addition, it is desirable that candidates have:

  • A background in Higher Education or cultural organisations, ideally in the art or design sector 
  • Strong experience of delivering PR and communications campaigns
  • Wider experience of working with digital and other communications channels
  • Evidence of managing an array of complex projects working with different stakeholders at the same time, delivering key outcomes on time
  • Excellent written communication skills (for traditional and social media) 
  • Outstanding proofreading and editing skills, including applying house style across a variety of formats and for a range of audiences
  • Effective analytical skills with ability to monitor and evaluate information and apply findings where necessary.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a high degree of tact and diplomacy and the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of people. 
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines with excellent attention to detail.

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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