Communications Officer

Location
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Salary
£32,555 per annum
Posted
13 Jan 2022
Closes
03 Feb 2022
Job Ref
WCTY000000644
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Flexible hours
Hours
Full-Time

Worcester is a great place to work. We have a thriving city centre, a great wealth of history and a fantastic environment, making it somewhere to be proud of. 

Everyone associated with Worcester City Council is proud of Worcester’s offer of a high quality of life, varied heritage, award winning parks and our contribution to the development of modern local government.

It is a fantastic place to work and you will find us to be an organisation that is challenging yet caring; with our leadership adventurous in its pursuit of excellence.

At Worcester City Council, we have a work-family culture and we are proud to support and value the combination of employees’ work and family lives.

We have a clear vision to achieve excellence in everything we do and to achieve excellence in everyone we employ, meaning we are looking for an excellent candidate to come and join our work family!

In this temporary role you will play a key part in telling the story of the City Council’s excellent work for Worcester. You will develop key messages and campaigns about the Council’s services and activities, and promote them to the public, the media, stakeholders, staff and elected members.

You will be experienced in handling a range of media inquiries, and in producing materials and messages for print, web and social media.

You will play a leading role in the production of the Council’s quarterly magazine City Life, including working with outside contractors for its production, printing and distribution.

You will have a clear understanding of the public sector and major issues affecting local government, and you will be comfortable dealing with and influencing people at every level of the Council, including senior directors and elected councillors.

This challenging and rewarding role will run until the end of January 2023.

The key requirements are:

Relevant degree or at least five years’ experience in communication or journalism

Excellent written and communication skills

Influencing skills

Strong understanding and knowledge of local government and the context in which it operates.

Ability to balance competing demands and requirements to ensure deadlines are always met

The successful candidate will have 

Effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and accessibly on complex issues for publication.

The ability to proofread and edit copy for production.

Experience of commissioning and working with external contractors.

The ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

The ability to use own initiative and work effectively alone and as part of a team.

Experience of delivering a range of good quality communication materials including website content, reports, newsletters, targeted social media content, and magazines.

Experience of undertaking or commissioning and overseeing design work.

Competency at using a variety of Microsoft Office and other IT applications.

This is a temporary role that will run until the end of January 2023.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rob Byrne on 01905 722409 or rob.byrne@worcester.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Interviews will be conducted on Friday 11 February 2022.

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