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Communications Manager (CSP01)

Grade 11, £45,241 to £50,837 (inclusive of local weighting), full time, 37 hours per week (part-time working and job share considered), Permanent. Based in Hertford. Closing date is 22nd September at midnight.

About the role 

An opportunity for an experienced communications professional has become available to work at Hertford as part of the Communications, Strategy and Policy Service. This is an exciting time for you to join us and develop your career as the Council looks to deliver a new set of priorities following elections in May 2019. 

This motivated and highly professional service is looking for an individual committed to excellence in their work and with a passion for communicating and engaging with a wide range of audiences.  If successful you will be responsible for managing all forms of communication and engagement with residents, partners, media and council staff.
Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and strengthening the East Herts Council brand with residents, partners and the media
  • Communicating good news stories to different audiences via different platforms
  • Understanding and advising the Council's political and managerial leadership on emerging communications and press issues
  • Managing all forms of corporate communication and engagement (including the website, intranet, facebook, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts)
  • Managing the communications team

About you
This role will suit a focused, enthusiastic manager who enjoys a challenge and is capable of understanding and articulating complex issues to different audiences including elected representatives, residents and staff. You will have a proven track of record of delivering communications campaigns and understanding of how to engage with different audiences.
The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in communications/media/ journalism/marketing or significant equivalent experience
  • Political awareness and have experience of working with elected representatives
  • A track record of delivering proactive media campaigns
  • A creative and innovative approach to challenges

About us

East Herts is consistently rated as amongst the best areas in the country to live, with excellent schools and healthcare, a huge array of green space, beautiful waterways, unique market towns and picturesque villages.  We also enjoy high levels of employment and a diverse local economy.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

Whatever their role, everyone contributes to delivering great services to our local community. Our vision is to preserve the unique character of East Herts and ensure it remains one of the best places to live and work. To accomplish this, our focus is to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, enhance the quality of people's lives and enable a flourishing local economy. 

Our team is at the very heart of our council - we recognise that together with our elected members, we make the difference to our local communities. We are dedicated to staff development and individual success within a team framework. To help our staff deliver, we provide a supportive work environment, development opportunities and work to help everyone achieve their potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance. 

Benefits of working for us

  • A variety of flexible working options available, including part-time working, job share, compressed hours and home working 
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Generous  annual leave
  • A range of discounts including high street retailers and local leisure centres
  • Professional environment where your career path really matters and your development is supported by the organisation
  • Flexible and supportive team 

As part of our Green Travel agenda we actively encourage employees to explore more economical and eco-friendly means of travel to work, e.g. public transport, cycle, walk or car share, and support this through a number of initiatives such as Liftshare.

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Benjamin Wood, Head of Communications, Strategy and Policy on 07519 293733

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Closing date: 22 September at midnight.  CVs will not be accepted.

If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful.
If your application has been successful, the recruiting manager will contact you to invite you to an interview.  We hope you enjoy the process and look forward to making contact with you very soon.
EHC is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive work environment. We aim to attract and retain the best people regardless of their gender, marital/parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, age, background, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity