Director of Communications and Public Affairs

Ref: 4746

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Role Managed by:

Jesse Sloane


t: 00 852 3619 8214


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 21/09/2020

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

Please search for live opportunities or use the Register Interest facility to sign up for job alerts and/or leave your CV speculatively.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is now inviting applications for the role of the Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

The Director will play a transformative leadership role in Communications at HKU, strengthening the University’s strategic and digital communications, developing effective internal and external communications, managing and improving the University’s relationships with its stakeholders, and enhancing the University’s institutional image.

The Director will lead the HKU Communications and Public Affairs Office (CPAO). The CPAO oversees a broad array of communications and public affairs functions, including media; events & ceremonies; publications; online communications; and multimedia & social media. The office delivers these functions in a multilingual environment involving communications in English, Cantonese and Putonghua. Further information about the CPAO can be viewed at


The Role

The Director of Communications and Public Affairs will report to the Vice-President (Institutional Advancement) and lead the Communications and Public Affairs Office. Close interface with departments and units as well as management teams of the University at different levels will be involved.

The nature of the role and responsibility of the Director requires a senior communications professional of high calibre and with substantial public relations, media, and/or marketing experience.


Applicants should have:

  • An excellent command of both English and Chinese.
  • A university degree, preferably a higher degree.
  • A proven record of experience and achievements in sizeable organisations in the areas of internal and external communications and promotion of corporate image.
  • Responsibilities at a senior level for leading a team of professional staff.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communications and presentation skills.
  • The ability to work proactively with different sectors of the community both within and external to the University, including the media.



Appointment will normally be made on a 3-year fixed term basis, with the possibility of renewal.  A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.


How to Apply

HKU will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. The search firm will support the Search Committee in the discharge of its duties both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.

Applications should consist of a covering letter together with an up-to-date CV.


Initial inquiries may be directed to Dr Jesse Sloane by email ( or by phone +852 3702 6498.

The deadline for applications is August 22, 2020.


The University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Protecting your personal data is of the utmost importance to Perrett Laver and we take this responsibility very seriously. Any information obtained by our trading divisions is held and processed in accordance with the relevant data protection legislation. The data you provide us with is securely stored on our computerised database and transferred to our clients for the purposes of presenting you as a candidate and/or considering your suitability for a role you have registered interest in.

As defined under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Perrett Laver is a Data Controller and a Data Processor, and our legal basis for processing your personal data is ‘Legitimate Interests’.  You have the right to object to us processing your data in this way. For more information about this, your rights, and our approach to Data Protection and Privacy, please visit our website

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

Please search for live opportunities or use the Register Interest facility to sign up for job alerts and/or leave your CV speculatively.