Executive Recruitment

Director of External Relations

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Royal Agricultural University
£70,000 - £80,000 depending on experience
Closing date:
28th June
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Midnight, 28th June
Long listing
6th July
Preliminary interviews
w/c 5th and 12th of July
Short listing
21st July



The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2020 and, upon the appointment of our new Chief Operating Officer (COO), we are looking to the future and building a professional services senior team that can help lead the institution with innovative and progressive design.   


The Director of External Relations is a professional senior leadership role, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group.  You will support the RAU in achieving its strategic ambitions, leading outward facing initiatives that knit together a broad portfolio of activities. Leading the external relations team, you will help ensure that the RAU is able to engage with, and maximise, external opportunities that support the institutional strategy. The development and implementation of a marketing and communications plan that will help deliver agreed student recruitment targets and further develop its brand identity across a range of key stakeholders including industry and alumni, will be a key priority.


You will be able to translate internal assets into external gains, fostering strategic partnerships and expanding relationships with business, industry and government, interfacing with policy makers, key external influencers and a diversity of stakeholders. You will bring significant strategic student recruitment experience gained within a higher education environment in addition to experience across development & fundraising, marketing, communications, external affairs and/or brand management.


The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 28th June 2021


For further information about this exciting opportunity, get in touch with Enfys Evans of GatenbySanderson – enfys.evans@gatenbysanderson.com or 020 7426 3996. To apply for this role, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.


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