Communications Executive
Star Central

Job reference: 003259

Closing Date: 13/02/2022

Salary: £28,672 to £32,234 per annum

Contract Term: Permanent

Contract Type: All Year Round

Phase/Establishment Type: Star Central

Hours Per Week: 37 hours per week

Location: Blackburn, Lancashire (a base at one of our schools across the country will be considered)

Do you want to join a team that provides outstanding leadership, strategic direction and support to some of the best schools in the country?  Do you want to play your part in delivering outstanding learning and teaching to young people in disadvantaged communities? If so, joining the Star team might just be the best career move you ever make.

​​​​​​​About The Role

It’s an exciting time to join the communications team at Star Academies as our family of schools continues to grow at pace. Working for one of the highest performing multi academy trusts with 20,000 pupils in over 30 schools, the successful candidate will help to showcase our schools’ phenomenal achievements and raise their profiles by delivering impactful PR and communications.

You’ll also play a key role in growing the trust’s profile and reinforcing our reputation as an innovative, successful trust that inspires and nurtures young people to realise their potential.

The role is based in our Trust Headquarters in Blackburn. However, for the right candidate, we would consider a base at one of our schools located across the country (including Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bradford and Coventry).

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking a communications expert who is adept at producing quality, creative and engaging content for a range of channels and audiences.

You will be an exceptional and experienced writer with a nose for news and a flair for writing engaging stories that secure widespread media coverage, as well as being adept at handling reactive media enquiries and composing punchy statements.

You will lead the production of our stakeholder magazine, write compelling content for a range of communications channels, and help to grow the reach and engagement of our social media channels.

You will have:

  • A degree or equivalent in communications, public relations, journalism, English, marketing or a related discipline.
  • PR, journalism, communications or marketing experience.
  • First-hand experience of proactive and reactive media relations.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to write high-quality, engaging content for a range of channels.
  • Experience of planning and delivering effective communications plans and campaigns.

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 30 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person’s future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level. 

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

Find out more

Please download the job description and person specification below for further information about the role.  For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Star Central by calling 0330 313 9800.​​​​​​​

Key Dates

Closing Date: Sunday, 13 February 2022 at midnight

Interview Date: Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Proposed Start Date: ​​​​​​​To be confirmed.

Application Process

To apply for this vacancy please use the 'Apply for job' link below. You should ensure your application form and supporting statement address all elements of the person specification. We will only consider candidates who meet the vast majority of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.


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