Communications Assistant, Blackburn with Darwen

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Star AcademiesBlackburn with Darwen

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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £21,589 - £23,836 ((S5 SCP 12-17))
Contract term: Permanent

This is a key role within a busy communications team that delivers a broad range of communications and marketing activities for the Trust as well as supporting our schools at a local level. Working with colleagues in the team and external agencies, you will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks including the design and production of marketing materials, writing copy for print and digital channels, helping to grow our social media channels, updating our websites, supporting events and helping us to deliver key campaigns and initiatives. The role is ideal for recent graduates or for those already in a marketing or communications role and ready for a new challenge in an organisation with strong values and a commitment to providing the best possible education for our pupils.

About Star Central

Star Central, which is based at our head office in Blackburn, Lancashire, provides leadership, strategic direction and support to Star Academies, Star Institute and our schools.

The Star Central team includes experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to provide an outstanding support service to the Star community.  We support our schools to provide educational and operational excellence and to cultivate a strong Star community, with the aim of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

Who we’re looking for

You will have strong verbal and written communications skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders. You will be adept at producing well-written, accurate copy and have outstanding attention to detail. A team player, who’s also able to work independently, you will be able to prioritise a busy workload to consistently meet deadlines.

The role requires:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification (preferably in a related field, such as English, Communications, Marketing or Journalism)
  • The ability to use MS Office software packages such as Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience of working in an administrative setting.
  • A strong commitment to the Trust values of ‘Service’, ‘Teamwork’, ‘Ambition’ and ‘Respect’.

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 20 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: Monday, 17 February 2020 at midnight

Interview Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020

Proposed Start Date: As soon as possible

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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Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 2HT, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 330 313 9800