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Director of External Relations

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Benefits: £45,000-50,000 per annum (full time equivalent), super flexible employer, part time (24 hours per week plus) and job share considered, home working/London location, 25 days annual leave + 4 days at Christmas and all bank holidays, 10% employer pension contribution. 

Who we are: Independent Higher Education (IHE) is the UK membership organisation and formal representative body which exists to support, develop and promote independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. 

IHE’s 64 members include household names such as the Royal Academy and Le Cordon Bleu, long established independent colleges Spurgeon’s College and City & Guilds of London Art School, industry leading technical institutes Futureworks and Met Film School, new providers the Dyson Institute and TEDI-London and global education pathway providers Kaplan and Study Group. 

The role: We are looking for a Director who can bring together a wide brief ranging from comms and marketing through to lobbying, building partnerships, media, events and business development. Your day to day will be focused on delivering our communications strategy including socials and our soon-to-be-launched new website, but you’ll also be extending our reach in other ways; e.g. collaborative projects, events and leveraging media opportunities. You’ll be managing two people with responsibility for business development, commercial relationships, events and administration. 

The Candidate: You will be an independent manager with the curiosity to learn about and get involved in all our activities. You’ll have a background in communications/marketing at a senior level, or ready to make the leap into SMT. You’ll have experience and understanding of the Further and/or Higher Education sectors, and you’ll be an enthusiastic team player and willing to pick up and run with whatever is thrown at you. The responsibilities are wide-ranging so you’ll need to have the ability to juggle different demands and have the confidence to do so outside of your areas of expertise. 

How to apply: How to apply: Please download the full job description and person specification document from the IHE website ( and prepare a CV and covering letter about how your skills and enthusiasms match up to this role

There’s no closing date because we will review applications as they come in so apply soon to avoid disappointment! The first stage of interviews will be a short phone screen.  This will be followed by a full interview and written or other exercise. 

Please note that we will not consider any applications without a covering letter.

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