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Communications officer (graduate-level) – Job description


The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is a trade body which represents the independent schools sector in the UK. It comprises seven stakeholder associations who represent over 1,300 independent schools educating more than 500,000 children. ISC schools are diverse, ranging from well-known boarding schools to non-selective day schools serving local communities. The great majority of children in UK independent schools are in ISC schools. ISC is strictly independent of all political parties and acts to support member schools in the interests of all children.

Perceptions about independent schools are too often based on misconceptions or stereotypes, so a key task for the ISC is to convey the true picture and raise greater awareness of the work independent schools do as part of the country’s diverse education system. To support this work, a new role has been created in the ISC’s communications team to increase external and internal communication capacity, in particular through social media.

The successful applicant will be joining a small and friendly team of dedicated professionals at what is a particularly interesting and busy time for the independent sector, as schools seek to further develop their relationships with state schools, means-tested bursaries and range of cross-sector partnership projects.

Person specification

  • Compelling and credible communicator/marketer able to promote independent education and represent the ISC.
  • Enthusiastic about communicating with, and writing for, different audiences.
  • Keen interest in social media and ability to create engaging and thought-provoking content.
  • Dynamic team player who is prepared to respond flexibly and quickly as priorities change.
  • Excellent planning and project management skills with ability to meet demanding deadlines.
  • Creative professional with ideas for creating new messaging opportunities.
  • Able to understand complex issues affecting education and articulate key messages relevant to the sector.

Personal attributes

  • Highly literate with excellent attention to detail.
  • Motivated and proactive.
  • A team player, able to build productive internal and external relationships and work flexibly.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • A strategic thinker who can deliver to tight deadlines.
  • Interest in and knowledge of education will be an advantage.

Specific responsibilities

  • Support the senior communications officer and head of media and communications with projects as required. The role holder should also be prepared to provide member schools with communications guidance if requested.
  • Produce the ISC Daily News Summary. This is a key e-news service with almost 6,000 subscribers, including staff at independent schools and members of the public.
  • Support and track the development of the ISC’s main social media channels – currently Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as YouTube. The successful applicant will take a lead in content creation for the ISC’s various social media channels and share good news stories from ISC member schools. They will be expected to monitor, report and potentially engage in conversations taking place on social media relevant to the independent education sector. The successful applicant will also be expected to track and report back on social media reach and engagement through analytic tools.
  • Assist the ISC communications team in producing video content for online external and internal channels.
  • Encourage a steady flow of topical blogs from staff at member schools, constituent associations and ISC spokespeople for publication on the ISC website and potentially in the press.
  • Draft updates/commentaries upon request for publications produced by constituent associations and articles for independent education sector and lifestyle magazines.
  • Seek opportunities to proactively promote the ISC and its member schools to all sections of the media. Finding case studies and expert commentary, often under tight deadlines.
  • Populate and maintain an education news calendar to enable the communications team to stay ahead of key moments throughout the academic year.
  • Support the ISC’s communications team and policy and public affairs team in delivering a sector-wide local engagement project and associated resources.
  • Contribute to ISC messaging and publications.
  • Work with other members of the 14-strong ISC staff team as required, based in central London.

Reporting line

The post reports to the head of media and communications.

Office hours

9am-5pm, plus additional hours in busy periods as required. Flexibility is available by agreement.


The ISC is a small organisation based in central London, with an open and friendly working environment. The office is located in Westminster next to St James’s Park station.


Start date to be agreed with the chosen candidate.

Salary and other details

This is a graduate-level post, with a salary of £22,000 per annum, suited to anyone interested in pursuing a career in communications, marketing, PR and/or social media. Other benefits include a generous holiday allocation and pension arrangement.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter outlining what you could bring to the role, including examples of any relevant experience, to press@isc.co.uk no later than 23:59 on Sunday 28 April. Please also include details of two referees.