• Location:
    UCFB Etihad Campus / UCFB Wembley

Location: UCFB Wembley, London or UCFB Etihad Campus, Manchester plus opportunity for remote working
Salary: £19,000 - £22,000 per annum depending upon qualifications and experience (plus £3,000 London Weighting allowance if applicable - total salary package £22,000 - £25,000)
Contract Type: Permanent
Closes: 21/06/2021
Reference: 22MSR01

Do you want to be part of a truly unique approach to higher education, one that puts students at the heart of everything we do enabling them to have the best possible chance of a successful career in the football and sports industry?

About Us:

University Campus of Football Business & Global Institute of Sport

University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world first in sports education. Proudly the UK’s fastest-growing higher education institution since our launch in 2011, UCFB’s campuses are based at the iconic Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium.

In 2020, UCFB launched the Global Institute of Sport (GIS), our new destination for Master’s degrees and executive education in the UK, online and at inspirational stadium hubs at Inter Miami CF Stadium, New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. 

Our collaborations with elite sports organisations allow us to lead the field in producing the next generation of sports graduates. Partners include The Football Association, Kick It Out, the League Managers Association, the National League and the Rugby Football Leaguer domestically, as well as our global hub partners in the USA, Canada and Australia. 

Our award-winning team

This position for a highly ambitious individual would see the successful candidate join an exciting team that won Best Non-Match Day Use of Venue at the Sports Business Awards, Best Sponsorship & Engagement at the Northwest Football Awards and was shortlisted for Team of the Year at both the Marketing Week Awards and Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards.

Although the basics of the role are described here, we will be looking for energy, values and commitment to both our organisation and to your career. Our recruitment process will be rigorous and demanding, as will this role within a high performing department. In return, we can offer honesty, integrity and the chance to progress in the organisation as quickly as you develop within it.

The Opportunity

The post-holder will produce written content for the UCFB website, marketing materials and external publications, as well as assist in the company's PR goals and content capture via interviews online and in person. 

About You

UCFB and GIS are seeking an ambitious and driven Marketing & Communications Executive with an appetite to grow and progress their career. 

The post-holder will be responsible for the production of written content for the UCFB website, marketing materials, external publications and communications. A journalistic flair is essential, as well as the ability to adapt copy to different audiences and stakeholders from corporate communications to mainstream newsworthy content on current sporting events. 

The successful candidate will also be responsible for assisting in the company’s PR goals, and should therefore be skilled at spotting a story as well as writing and distributing press releases.

It will require a hands on approach to content creation, with additional responsibilities for liaising with students, graduates, staff, partners and guests to line up and conduct interviews on and off camera, both in person and online. The ability to form and maintain excellent relationships is therefore essential, as is the need to have a professional approach.

Attention to detail, impeccable written and verbal communications skills, creativity and strong organisational abilities are all essential requirements for this role.

Whilst the role is based in Wembley, London or Etihad, Manchester there may be opportunities to travel to our campus in Manchester and across the UK for content capture. The remit of the role includes the entire UCFB and GIS portfolio, including content from both UK campuses and our global study hubs in the US, Canada and Australia, covering Undergraduate and Master’s degrees as well as Executive Education and Professional Qualifications. In addition, knowledge of the football and sports industry would be beneficial to ensure UCFB and GIS stay at the forefront of the sector from a marketing and communications perspective.

As an important member of the Marketing department, this role will work closely with the Marketing Executives and Creative Media Producers at UCFB and GIS, as well as other functions within the department such as Student Recruitment and Events.

Key tasks:

  • Coordinate and produce written news and feature copy for the UCFB website with prospective students, current students, alumni, staff, guest speakers and partners of UCFB;
  • Coordinate and produce copy for UCFB marketing materials, including, but not exclusive to, the website, prospectuses, print and digital materials;
  • Coordinate and produce written news and feature copy for UCFB partner publications – digital and print;
  • Interview guest speakers, students, alumni and staff for UCFB’s written articles, videos and podcasts;
  • Assist the PR efforts of UCFB via Meltwater and press contacts by liaising with key staff and partners to ensure UCFB’s place as a thought leader in the sports industry.
  • Generate and distribute regular newsletters to prospective students, current students, alumni, staff and partners of UCFB – using various systems including Mailchimp and Student CRM;
  • Write, create and distribute ad-hoc emails to prospective students, current students, alumni, staff and partners of UCFB when required;
  • Upload regular content to the UCFB website and assist the digital team in further website amends when requested, including across the digital footprint;
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders for the sourcing of news and marketing content;
  • Assist with the planning and posting of written, photo and video content across a range of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn; adhering to UCFB brand guidelines and implementing the marketing strategy;
  • Capture content at UCFB Wembley and external locations, including written articles, photos and short social videos of students, alumni, staff and guests;
  • Support the communications, digital and wider marketing team in planning, coordinating and executing the marketing strategy;
  • Monitor social media and sports industry news to source stories and ensure relevancy and timeliness of content;
  • Assist in the analysis of news content on the UCFB website to measure readership, effectiveness and seek improvements;
  • Assist in the analysis of communications, including newsletters and PR to measure reach and effectiveness and seek improvements;
  • Manage the communications team’s projects in the project management software Wrike to ensure all tasks are assigned appropriately and kept up to date.

What we offer in return

In return not only will you have the opportunity to make life-transforming, career making education, but we offer a whole range of financial and non-financial benefits too:

Financial rewards:

• Enhanced occupational sick pay
• Life assurance
• Pension
• Free eye tests and VDU glasses
• Flexible benefits package with Perkbox (some of which includes health cash plan, Dencover, half price cinema tickets, discounted private health insurance, discounted gym membership, hundreds of high street discounts and much more)

Family friendly benefits:

• Enhanced occupational maternity/paternity pay
• Compassionate leave/time off for dependants
Wellbeing benefits:
• Competitive holiday entitlement
• Christmas closure
• Day off for your birthday
• 24/7 employee support hub (via Perkbox)
• Flexible working
• Continuing professional development
• Ride to Work Scheme

Social benefits:

• Annual family barbecue
• Staff led events committee
• End of year review day and awards dinner
• Back to work conference

Additional Information

Working hours: Working hours normally 8.30am - 5pm but may involve additional and unsocial working hours depending on the nature of the event and occasional travel between campus.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, UCFB will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EAA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this role.

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To apply for this role, please complete an application form which can be downloaded on the following link:

Application Form

All applications should be made to jobs@ucfb.com addressed to HR setting out your suitability for the role and motivation for joining our pioneering institution.

Due to our commitment to equality and diversity we operate a blind recruitment process and therefore will not accept CV’s.