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Junior Communications Officer Ref: 66-21 - Breckland Council

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10th June 2021

Employer Description

A bit about us:

At Breckland Council we are modernising local government. We lead change rather than follow it and add the best value we can to our communities. We achieve this by developing our employees to their full potential, providing them with the relevant knowledge, equipment and authority to carry out their duties.

Our employees enjoy excellent conditions of service including a local government pension scheme, free car parking and flexible working for a large percentage of our staff, as well as the possibility of 'job sharing'.

We are an organisation with big ambitions and big plans. We recognise that core to the successful delivery of any project is solid communications support and so we are seeking to further enhance the Communications team resource.

We are seeking a Junior Communication Officer to expand Breckland Council's existing Communications and Marketing team. You will play a hands-on role in supporting the council's ongoing response to the pandemic, promote services provided by the council, share latest news via local media and social media channels, and engaging with council staff to support a 'one team' approach.

This role is the perfect opportunity for somebody seeking to broaden their communications experience, with opportunities to work on internal and externally-facing projects, across digital and print media, and as part of an exciting environment of diverse communications and marketing tasks.

Main Description

Would you like a job where what you do:

Makes a difference to local people and businesses?

Allows you to find creative ways to support high-quality campaigns and communications, both digital and offline, to get your message across?
Creates a buzz about the diverse range of services offered by the council and the district's bounce-back from the pandemic?
We are seeking a Junior Communication Officer to expand Breckland Council's existing Communications and Marketing team. You will play a hands-on role in supporting the council's ongoing response to the pandemic, promote services provided by the council, share latest news via local media and social media channels, and engaging with council staff to support a 'one team' approach.

This role is the perfect opportunity for somebody seeking to broaden their communications experience, with opportunities to work on internal and externally-facing projects, across digital and print media, and as part of an exciting environment of diverse communications and marketing tasks.

You will:

  • Support council initiatives through the production of a broad range of communications material, including press releases, internal messages, councillor communications, web and social media content
  • Work with other members of the team to respond to reactive media enquiries and social media comments/messages
  • Keep council members, the public, our partners and colleagues informed, and where necessary, offer support in their dealings with the media
  • Use digital tools to create engaging short films and animations
  • Provide creative and engaging content for use on social media, the web, and intranet/staff newsletters
  • Support the delivery of marketing activity
  • Take photographs and video of events on and off site for use in council materials/channels
  • Provide communications advice to council teams to ensure projects and services are communicated effectively
  • Provide some administration support for the team - eg. processing invoices

About you:

You have a passion for crafting engaging and creative communications, are always looking for new ways of doing things, and are self-motivated, accurate and efficient.

You work well with people at all levels of an organisation and can conduct yourself appropriately to quickly establish rapport and mutual respect.

You have good communications judgement and composure and have the confidence to make recommendations and suggestions to enhance projects.

You are familiar with digital and traditional communications channels and know how to use them effectively to achieve project objectives.

With your positive, can-do attitude, you achieve success by keeping going even when things are difficult and can reprioritise your to-do list in the face of new requests and competing demands on your time. You are quite happy to take responsibility for your own decisions and accountabilities.

You plan your time to ensure you meet deadlines, escalate appropriate issues and can think ahead to anticipate problems.

You are able to follow communications plans and strive to produce work that is of the highest quality. You will deal professionally with politicians, senior and junior staff alike and be a reliable point of contact for the team.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting council initiatives through the production of a broad range of communications material, including press releases, internal messages, member communications, web and social media content
  • Using digital tools to create short films and animations
  • Provide creative and engaging content for use on social media, the web, and intranet/staff newsletters
  • With support from senior members of the team, respond to reactive media enquiries and social media comments/messages
  • Take photographs and video of events on and off site for use in council materials/channels
  • Support the planning and delivery of council events (internally and externally facing)
  • Provide communications advice to council teams and escalate significant issues and queries to senior members of the team
  • Provide administration support for the team - eg. ordering equipment, processing invoices
  • If you would like an informal chat regarding this role please contact Human Resources by emailing humanresources@breckland.gov.uk

Download the recruitment pack https://www.breckland.gov.uk/media/19007/66-21-Recruitment-Pack/pdf/Junior_Comms_Officer_66-21_Recruitment_Pack_.pdf?m=637576394638700000

How to Apply

APPLY ONLINE https://www.breckland.gov.uk/apply-for-vacancy

Closing date: 9am, 21st June 2021

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer, recognising the benefits of sustaining a workforce which reflects the diversity of the community we serve. We welcome applications from anyone who feels they meet the requirements of our vacancies - these are listed as essential requirements on the person specification.

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 21/06/2021

Salary

From £22,684 per annum

Location

This job is located in Thetford, Norfolk

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