Communications Manager, Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH)

Prof. Sandy Fredman is looking for a suitable candidate to join the Oxford Human Rights Hub Editorial Team as Communications Manager. Since its launch in July 2012, the OxHRH has fast become a leading source of human rights news and opinion, featuring blog posts from leading judges, lawyers, academics and human rights activists from across the globe. It has also established a large readership and a strong social media following. The OxHRH also runs high level seminars and conferences, having featured judges, UN Special Rapporteurs, leading academics, QCs and public interest law practitioners from across the world.

The successful candidate will continue to develop all communications for the OxHRH, maintaining high standards by widening the OxHRH’s reach and disseminating new developments and news relating to human rights law. She or he will regularly interact with our large global network of stakeholders as well as developing our website, social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and general public presence. She/he will specifically oversee our website on a daily basis, ensuring that the ‘news’ section remains dynamic and current. Key to this is ensuring that event pages are updated to include audio and visual recordings. The post holder will be responsible for the production of our seminar series, podcasts and webinars and will attend OxHRH events as the OxHRH photographer, in order to build up our portfolio of images. A large part of this role will be to coordinate our social media communications (in particular, Twitter and Facebook) in way that streamlines the latest news/media posts and further publicise OxHRH events organised by our members.

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and will run until the end of 31st December 2016.

The hours will vary, but it is expected that you will work a maximum of 20 hours each month. The Communications Manager should be prepared to work during vacations, but does not need to be based in Oxford during this time.

Reporting

The Oxford Human Rights Hub Communications Manager will report to Professor Sandy Fredman.

Requirements

 Candidates are required to have:

  • A completed first degree;
  • Knowledge of or interest in, human rights law, global human rights news and developments; 
  • Previous experience in communications role, including excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to translate legal and human rights developments into a format that appeals to a global audience with varying interests and knowledge of the subject;
  • Good knowledge of print, broadcast, online and social media;
  • Good administration, coordination and IT skills;
  • The ability to deal sensitively with authors, audience and other stakeholders;
  • Excellent team working (both within a research team and administrative environment) with strong networking skills.

It would be beneficial, but not essential for candidates to have:

  • Podcasting experience;
  • Webinar experience;
  • Website design/ maintenance experience;
  • Experience and skills in planning and managing projects;
  • Experience of co-ordinating cross-functional teams.

Eligibility

This post is open to current graduate research students and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students. Students in their first year of graduate research may not normally undertake work until they have passed their Qualifying Test (transfer of status).  Regrettably this position is not open to BCL/MJur and MLF students within the Faculty of Law.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.01/hour plus holiday pay of £2.40 = total of £16.41/hour.

Funding

This post is funded the Bertha Foundation Grant.

How to Apply

Please submit a short email letter explaining how you meet the requirements of this post (including the name of your supervisor, if any) and your CV by mail to oxfordhumanrightshub@law.ox.ac.uk by midday, Tuesday 1st March 2016. Please clearly mark the subject of the email ‘Application: OxHRH Communications Manager Post’. Please also give details of your availability with the potential for attending an interview. Interviews will take place as soon after the closing date as possible.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries can also be emailed to oxfordhumanrightshub@law.ox.ac.uk