Director of Marketing and Communications

Northern Ireland
10 February 2017
10 March 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time

Ulster is a university in the top 3% globally, with a £200m turnover, that has a central role to play in Northern Ireland’s future. The University is embarking on a new ambitious strategic plan, known as the Five and Fifty strategic plan, for the next five years with a strategic vision that will take us to our fiftieth anniversary in 2034. The plan is focused on delivering a university that is sustainable and innovative with a strong international reputation.

The University wishes to appoint an outstanding leader to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. This position, which forms part of a refreshed and streamlined leadership team, offers an exciting opportunity for an energetic and dynamic individual who will help shape the future direction and success of the University.

The postholder will support the Chief Operating Officer in delivering ‘best in class’ professional services, co-creating solutions with academic colleagues and students and developing exemplars of partnership working. This position is both challenging and rewarding, with a broad range of responsibilities. The responsibilities fall into three broad areas: to champion, develop and oversee strategies relating to the particular portfolio; to provide leadership to the professional services staff in the portfolio; and as a member of the Chief Operating Officer’s Leadership Team to contribute to strategic matters affecting the University’s business performance and sustainability.

The successful applicant will have a determined and resilient approach to leadership, encouraging ideas, initiative and innovation in others whilst establishing a cost-effective and high-performance culture based on continuous improvement. They must be able to build strong stakeholder relationships and play a key strategic role in enabling the University to fulfil its potential.

The University offers an attractive reward package including a competitive starting salary, access to an attractive pension scheme and financial assistance with relocation expenses where appropriate.

The post can be based at any of the University’s four campuses.

The University is being assisted in this recruitment exercise by Aspen People.

Further information is available at

For an initial conversation about this position, please contact Donogh O’Brien or Liam Kelly at Aspen People on 0141 2127555.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 10 March 2017.

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Hard copy applications can be obtained by telephoning 028 7012 4072

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community, particularly from those with disabilities.

Appointment will be made on merit.