We are looking for an experienced and customer focused professional to become a key member of our team in the role of Senior Communications Officer. The successful candidate will be willing to take personal responsibility for delivering excellence, to work with others to achieve the best possible outcomes, to embrace change and new opportunities, to make the most of the resources available to us and to think and act in the best interests of our customers – the residents of Southampton.
As part of the Communications team you will contribute to the delivery of an effective and integrated communications function with the aim of protecting and enhancing the council’s reputation and brand, and ensuring the right information is provided to the right stakeholders at the right time.
You will support the development and implementation of the Council’s communications strategy and plans through research, media and public relations, and digital communications and work to develop, promote and maintain positive and open working relationships with the media, external stakeholders and colleagues across the council.
To be successful you will hold a degree or professional qualification or equivalent experience. A CIM / CIPR certificate is also preferred but not essential. This will be supported with significant experience of working in a communications role where you have effectively handled media communications, developed and delivered customer focused communications strategies, programmes, campaigns and projects. You will have excellent digital skills including website content generation, and experience using digital communications channels such as email marketing and social media. Knowledge of best practice models, trends and opportunities relating to communications and media management, and how they can be applied to large organisations is also essential.
This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills to work on complex issues with a cost effective approach to communications. If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you.
This post is a specified politically restricted post under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. You are prevented from standing as a candidate for election to a Local Authority, Parliament or the European Parliament and you must not hold an office in a political party or speak or write in public with the apparent intention of affecting or influencing public support for a political party which includes canvassing for a party.