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Senior Communications Officer

Suffolk County Council
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08 August 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £33,782 (pro rata for part time)
  • 37 hours per week (part time working may be considered for this role)
  • 2 posts available

We are committed to flexible working. To view the types of flexible or part time working available for this role, please see the Job and Person Profile.

We have two exciting opportunities to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Communication Consultation and Media Team as a Senior Communications Officer, working from Ipswich. 

We live in unique times. The last year has challenged us all in many ways, through how we live, work and communicate together. Can you be part of helping us inform Suffolk’s communities as we deliver a wide range of ambitious plans?  

We are looking for two truly exceptional people – politically astute, able to juggle multiple demands and talented and experienced communicators. Does that sound like you?

The team 

Suffolk County Council’s communications team supports the council to deliver its 2021-2025 policy priorities. We provide technical insight and expertise into developing and delivering campaigns that use behavioural insights to drive positive change, shaping and sharing information with residents across the county and protecting and enhancing the council’s reputation.

We place great emphasis in thinking about our audiences first to deliver communications activities that achieve successful results. You may be communicating important messages about Covid, planning for the opening of a £190m infrastructure project or developing messages for promoting the staff survey. You will get the opportunity to learn, develop and thrive in a supportive, creative environment where everyone is valued for the skills and experience they bring.

Your role 

As a Senior Communications Officer you will have proven experience of developing and delivering high-profile communications campaigns. Working with other communications professionals, politicians and service experts, you will have experience in protecting and enhancing reputation – working with the media and communicating effectively with council colleagues.

Our team is quickly becoming a centre of excellence for delivering campaigns and using behavioural insights. We strive to make a real difference – bringing creativity and turbo-charging communications and campaigns.

Travelling requirements for your role

  • Frequent Travel Desirable - We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you may need to operate across a wide and rural area, so it would be beneficial for you to either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

To request an informal discussion about this role, please email: andrew.stledger@suffolk.gov.uk.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home.  If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

How to apply

To apply for this role and for more information, please follow this link and make a note of the application instructions.

The authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  DBS checks are required for relevant posts.  Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.


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