Communications Manager

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Vacancy Information

We are recruiting for a Communications Manager to enhance the reputation of the PCC and her office and influence public confidence. To offer expertise and advice on matters relating to media and communications contributing to strategic decisions and operational activity within the office.

37 hrs per week will be the core requirement, but it is anticipated that there will be some requirements for extended days, evening work and some weekend work in response to media requirements and operational activity. Flexitime will be operated for ad hoc requirements, planned overtime for others.

The office is based in Lewes, East Sussex but has home working flexibility with hybrid working welcomed. Travel across Sussex is required so a full, clean driving licence is essential.

The Role

You will promote the unique role and responsibilities of the elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, (PCC) Katy Bourne OBE. You will be encouraging the public to share their concerns and ideas about policing and community safety.

You will enhance the reputation of the PCC and her office and help shape public confidence. You will offer the PCC and her team effective media relations and communications advice at a local and national level and support, devise and run campaigns with colleagues.

This is a role suitable for highly motivated and ambitious communicators with proven writing and digital media skills. No two days are the same as you identify proactive media opportunities as well as reputational challenges.

You will accompany the PCC and capture her interactions with the PCC as she meets the public and partners and victims of crime and when she is alongside police operations. You will develop a close relationship with communications colleagues in Sussex Police and be the first port of call for local and national journalists wanting views from the PCC.

Key Responsibilities

Reactive - risk and reputation management: You will advise whether and/or how to respond to queries and whether planned media interviews should continue, be cancelled or postponed. You will research, prepare lines and coach the PCC and liaise with the police and other external bodies.

Proactive - publicity: Deliver marketing-communications services in support of PCC initiatives, making sure that the media and public understand the purpose and benefit. The role holder will plan and prepare PCC lines/comments relating to the police portfolio, other partner portfolios and work streams.

Collaboration with Sussex Police: The role holder will work collaborate with Sussex Police on their campaigns to ensure that the PCC’s funding support and the public’s priorities are acknowledged in police communications.

Accountability and challenge: The role holder will also prepare lines and material to support the PCC’s governance and accountability responsibilities, including the monthly webcast meetings where she asks the Chief Constable about a range of policing issues and recent activity.

Skills & Experience

Essential

  • Degree level or equivalent in English, Media, Communications, PR, or Marketing
  • Excellent writing and story- telling skills
  • Experience of dealing with fast moving media enquiries
  • Experience of having delivered media and communication projects, writing, and producing information for cross-platform communications
  • Experience of using social media to support communications
  • Experience of producing in house short videos and other digital content
  • Understanding of the role of elected Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Understanding of media law

Desirable

  • NCTJ or equivalent journalism qualification
  • Experience of dealing with risk and reputation pressures
  • Experience of delivering projects within budget
  • Experience of persuading and influencing senior colleagues on appropriate communication tactics
  • Experience of policing press relations
  • Experience of partnership working to achieve communications objectives
  • Experience of dealing with sensitive legal/security related or policing issues

Contact Details

For an informal chat about the role please contact Mervin Dadd by emailing mervin.dadd@sussex-pcc.gov.uk

Closing date

28 July 2021


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