TORCH Communications and Events Officer

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Job Title: TORCH Communications and Events Officer

Reporting to: TORCH Operations Manager

Grade: 5.1

Hours: 12 - 36.5 hours per week (please indicate availability in application)

Applicants: This role is for internal applicants only (University staff, College staff, and students). 


Contract: 12 Week Casual Contract

Start Date: ASAP

How to apply: Please email your CV along with a brief covering letter (1 A4 page maximum) to the TORCH Operations Manager, Dr Justine Shaw: by 12 noon on 31 October.


Role Overview:

The main purpose of the post is to assist with the planning, managing, and delivering communications, events, and day-to-day administration for TORCH. The postholder will have responsibility for planning and coordinating a wide range of communications activities and project. The postholder will also assist in planning, executing, and evaluating events. There may be the need to work evenings or weekends to support events.

The individual will act as an ambassador for TORCH, representing TORCH via digital and print communications and events so excellent communication skills are vital to this role. TORCH is a small, busy team so you will also need to be able to plan and manage your own workload and have a positive attitude to team working. Experience with digital or print communications or event planning, or with working in the University, would be advantageous.

About TORCH:

Based in the Humanities Division, TORCH is an interdisciplinary hub that seeks to stimulate and support research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. It has a key role in promoting Oxford Humanities research internally and externally. It is based in the Radcliffe Humanities building.

Person Specification:

       You will have:

  •  A genuine interest in people and the ability to relate to a range of different audiences;
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal, with creative and strong writing skills and the ability to tailor different messages clearly to different stakeholder groups. You may have experience working with

different communication channels including websites, social media tools, e-newsletters and printed materials;

  • Exceptional organisational and administrative skills, experience of working in a busy office and a good team work ethic along with the ability to work unsupervised and under own initiative;
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and under pressure and to prioritise and organise workload;
  • Flexible, adaptable and reliable, with good time-keeping skills, with a diplomatic and polite approach.        


  • Experience with Website Content Managing Systems

  • Experience with desktop publishing and design packages
  • Video or audio editing skills
  • Experience of working in an Oxford College or University