Head of External Affairs

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  • Salary: Up to £60,000
  • Ref: JG-2404-9438
  • 2024-05-02T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

Exiting opportunity to join key organisation in education and schools space

The opportunity & organisation
Ellwood Atfield is partnered with the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) to appoint a Head of External Affairs.

ISI is an independent inspectorate, appointed by the Department for Education to inspect association independent schools in England and British schools overseas. It is also appointed by the Home Office to inspect private further education colleges and language schools in England and Wales.

The candidate
We are seeking an experienced integrated communications and engagement specialist, with excellent judgement and collaboration skills to join the ISI’s small and dynamic team. The successful postholder will be highly adept at building relationships with stakeholders, both externally and internally, and possess exceptional communications skills.

This is an excellent opportunity for an incumbent Head of External Affairs or Communications, or a senior manager ready to step up into a leadership position, to drive forward meaningful engagement and communications for a key organisation in the schools and education space. Applicants do not need to be from the education sector, and could come from a not-for-profit or corporate, agency or in-house environment.

Key responsibilities
An overview of the core responsibilities for this post are below:

  • Develop and execute an external affairs strategy aligned with ISI’s goals.
  • Advise the Chief Inspector-CEO on stakeholder engagement and reputation management.
  • Manage media relations at a national and sector level.
  • Assist senior leaders in preparing for speaking engagements and oversee stakeholder events.
  • Coordinate high-quality communications to various stakeholders.
  • Direct ISI’s digital communication strategy and maintain website usability.
  • Utilise monitoring systems to inform decision making and navigate sector changes.
  • Lead stakeholder consultations and manage corporate publications.
  • Coordinate ISI’s Education Advisory Forum and attend stakeholder meetings.
  • Establish and maintain brand strategy and guidelines.
  • Manage a Communications Officer.

Further detail is available in the full job description.

Key skills

  • Experience in creating and implementing successful engagement strategies across various channels and stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to navigate complex stakeholder environments.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in fast-paced roles, including effective media relations and issues management.
  • Track record of evaluating the impact of communication activities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, adept at conveying complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Effective interpersonal skills for building and maintaining relationships and influencing senior leaders.

To apply and interviews
Please email your CV to Josh Gray on joshua@ellwoodatfield.com and for the full JD. Applications will close at 12:00 on 27th May, please contact Josh and submit your CV ahead of this time to ensure you can progress. You can also submit your application via the Ellwood Atfield portal. 

First stage interviews are scheduled for the 5th and 6th June and will be held virtually. In person interviews at ISI’s London office in Farringdon will take place the following week. 

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