Are you an experienced head of communications, looking for a 6 month opportunity within the Winchester area? Can you be available to start work immediately and attend interviews asap? If yes, then please read on and apply for more information
This opportunity requires strong people management skills, strategic implementation experience and a keen understanding of the current pressures upon communications within the public sector. Reporting to the Corporate Head of Strategic Support, this role will fulfil the duties of a senior business partner, working closely with others across the organisation (including the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members, Executive Leadership Board and Senior Leadership Group) to deliver a proactive corporate communications function which ensures the overall Communication Strategy supports Council priorities.
*To act as the first point of contact for all corporate communications issues arising within allocated business units
*Support in the delivery of major projects within the city and district regeneration programmes as appropriate
*To support the Corporate Head of Strategic Support to develop and deliver an overall corporate communications approach in line with Council priorities, taking advantage of all channels to market to protect and promote the Council's reputation.
*Identify and manage corporate communications risk, making clear, informed, appropriate, pragmatic and timely decisions within a highly pressurised environment.
*Develop and maintain excellent relationships with the senior colleagues, key internal stakeholders and relevant external third party organisations to ensure a high quality and timely response to media enquiries.
*Act as a spokesperson for the Council as required in consultation with Members and senior colleagues as required.
*Monitor the wider media to identify emerging issues which may impact on the Council's reputation.
*Demonstrate a sound understanding of all media, and contribute to the development of excellent media management skills amongst team members, Councillors and staff to ensure that all communications enhance or protect the Council reputation.
*Prepare, review and edit as required; press releases, films, audio clips, social media posts and articles for publication, working to tight deadlines.
*Participate as designated in the preparation and implementation of the Council's major emergency and civil defence plans and election duties as required.
*Undertake such other duties, as determined, commensurate with the grade and responsibilities of the post.
Skills and experience
*People management skills
*Previous project management
*Outstanding communication with both verbal and written medium
*Experience of managing media in a variety of forms
*Advanced IT skills
*Ability and experience with presenting
*Ideally will have worked within public sector or a political environment
*Experience in acting as spokesperson for an organisation
*Understanding of developments in digital media and GDPR
*Highly motivated to deliver against agreed aims and targets
*Creative and innovative
*Able to balance demands from a variety of different sources
*Has an ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds
This 6 month opportunity will ideally start on the 16th April, with interviews happening asap. Please apply now or call the branch for further information.
Randstad Business Support acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Business Support is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone.