Public Health Press & PR Officer (Test & Trace)
**Fixed Term Contract until 30th September 2022**
** For existing employees this opportunity is being offered as a secondment, subject to eligibility criteria **
To improve the quality of life for the people of Birmingham today, tomorrow and always. The City Council priorities are to create a city which provides:
Children - A great city to grow up in: Make the best of our unique demography and create a safe and secure city for our children to learn and grow in
Housing - A great city to live in: Provide housing in a range of types and tenures, to meet the housing needs of all current and future citizens of the city
Jobs and Skills - A great city to succeed in: Birmingham will be renowned as an enterprising, innovative and green city
Health - A great city to grow old in: Helping people become healthier, especially relating to physical activity and mental wellbeing
PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Public Health is an integral part of this vision, responsible for developing the Council into a local authority which actively promotes population health and enables all Birmingham citizens to make healthier choices. This will be achieved through the continual championing of the health and wellbeing of all people across the city, but especially the most vulnerable.
- Provide robust information and intelligence to inform decision-making across the Council and with external stakeholders
- Responsive to opportunities, priorities and demand
- Deliver mandated public health functions
- Reduce health inequalities in Birmingham
- Act consistent with the core values of the Council’s Corporate Plan
- Taking responsibility willingly
- Encourage innovation
- Enable a flexible and adaptable workforce
To contribute to the management of news and to the proactive promotion of Council programmes (primarily Test & Trace), services, policies and events through public relations activity which creates maximum positive impact for Birmingham, building trust between residents and the Council, driving service take-up and ensuring effective communication with the public, staff and stakeholders. This is a Matrix working role and will be the key link between the Corporate Communications Team and the Public Health Test & Trace Communications and Engagement Team
- To build and maintain regular contact with journalists across all platforms
- To use a range of appropriate methods – eg drafting news releases, features, picture captions, web copy, etc.
- To deal with breaking news and reputation/crisis issues as part of routine media management
- To contribute to the regular and accurate monitoring of the impact of the service, including through collection and analysis of data
- To work with officers in the wider unit (Campaign Communications, Design etc) to support marketing campaigns
- To place and approve orders on Voyager, chase payments and queries, and receipt goods
- To ensure the efficient production of all associated reports and briefings
- To contribute to the wider work of the Service as required
For further information or an informal chat contact:
Modupe Omonijo, Consultant in Public Health, Birmingham City Council
Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.
Please note: CVs will NOT be considered as your personal statement.
When applying, you are strongly advised to pay particular attention to the person specification and job description when compiling your Personal Statement and do not just attach certificates.
We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.
Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants. All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.