Deputy Head of Communications

Reference HQ00019783
Service Northamptonshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initial three months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £22.04 to £24.86 per hour

About the job:

As a temporary Deputy Head of Communications working for Northamptonshire County Council through Opus LGSS, you will support the Head in delivering the NCC communications strategy.

  • Manage the Communications and Marketing Team (team of seven) ensuring all activity is in line with the corporate plan and communications strategy
  •  Supervise workloads, manage day-to-day HR issues (sickness, leave) and provide performance updates
  • Work with the Head on cabinet liaison and communication support
  • Provide strategic advice to NCC senior officers and Elected Members on communication and public diplomacy issues
  •  Direct and ensure an effective press and media relations service
  • Oversee and maintain the corporate brand
  •  Ensure the corporate standard and quality of council communications
  • Oversee the use of social media as a communication and engagement tool
  •  Utilise customer insight to develop communication approaches
  • Support on communications in the event of an emergency incident through the emergency plan

The successful candidate will ideally be educated to degree level/qualified through the Institute of Public Relations or equivalent and have a background within media relations.  A knowledge of the Code of Local Government Publicity and an understanding of local government/the pressures it faces is required together with the ability to inspire a team and model positive behaviours.

  •  Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  •  Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  •  Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications

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