Strategic Communications Lead

Ready for your next challenge? Talented communications specialist required.

Making sure that Lincolnshire’s 700,000 residents are kept informed about our services is no easy task. This is one of the challenges for Lincolnshire County Council’s communications team, who also keep more than 5,000 members of staff up to date with key council information. We have an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team as a Strategic Communications Lead

Director Area
Corporate Services
Job Location(s)
Lincoln
Service Area
Strategic Communications
Grade
G9: 31,371 - 34,788
Job Category
Communications/PR
Criminal Record Check
Not Required
Interviews
29/10/2019
Contract Type
Permanent
Appointment Type
Full-time
Hours per week
37
Sponsorship
No
Relocation Expenses
No
Politically Restricted Post
No
Closing Date
20/10/2019
Job Reference
9694
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We have a wide range of communities in Lincolnshire – from coastal and rural towns and villages, to city dwellers, old and young, with many different cultures and backgrounds. We need to make sure they are engaged and well informed about the services and support that is available to them.  This is where you'll come in.  You would take an active role in planning and co-ordinating integrated communications campaigns, ensuring that residents, service users and stakeholders know about the support and services the council provides…helping us to build the county you want to live in.

You will offer strategic advice, guidance and expertise to senior politicians and key officers on media, communications and marketing plans. Working flexibly to a high level within the council, you will support services to deliver their objectives and service plans, while protecting and enhancing the council’s reputation.

On a practical level, the successful person must have:

  • Proven practical experience of communications activities and planning.
  • A high level of creativity to develop innovative communications.
  • Diplomacy, tact and political judgement.
  • A degree qualification at 2.1 or above.
  • A professional qualification eg. CIPR, PRCA or NCTJ.

No two days are the same. Whether it's planning and co-ordinating an integrated communications campaign, promoting the opening of a multi-million pound council facility, briefing a councillor on a new policy ready for a media interview or advising management and senior staff on the best way to promote their services, you'll be leading the way.

You’ll have to react quickly to tight and changing deadlines and priorities – this is a great opportunity for someone with innovation, drive and ambition, someone who thrives on the pressure of juggling numerous communication tasks.

The authority is one of the largest county councils in the UK and we are ambitious for both the residents of our county and the people who work here. We care about our staff, It's important to us that you have an excellent work/life balance and the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills in a supportive local authority setting. 

At the heart of Lincolnshire is the city of Lincoln; famous for its stunning cathedral and impressive castle, the medieval quarter is a great contrast to the lively and youthful feel of this vibrant university city.   The county's historic market towns are steeped in history and brimming with life, our vibrant coast and areas of outstanding natural beauty make Lincolnshire the perfect place for your next career move.

We are offering a competitive salary of £31,371-£34,788, along with a pension, a comprehensive benefits package including excellent discount schemes, cycle to work, civil service sports council membership and many areas for professional support and development.

Applications Close on 20/10/2019 and interviews will be held 29/10/2019.

If all this sounds like the role and place for you and you want to, then go ahead and read through the full Job Description, to help you do the best application possible, before clicking apply!  If you would like to know more about Lincolnshire County Council and our current vacancies then click on over to  www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.  If you would like an open and informal discussion regards this role then please give John Giblin a call on 01522 552 305.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU INCLUDE A COVERING LETTER WITH YOUR APPLICATION DETAILING WHY YOU HAVE APPLIED AND HOW YOU FEEL YOU MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROLE. 

Best of luck with your application!

 

All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.

On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

We operate a 'Silver Medallist' talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.

Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want our workforce to reflect the make-up of the community we serve. Therefore we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. We consider ourselves to be a family friendly employer, and offer flexible working patterns.

In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

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