Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Job Type : Contract, Full Time

Salary : £14 – £16/annum Inside IR35

Main Purpose of the role:

* The client is a collaboration between local and national government working to tackle criminality affecting public finance.

* It works in partnership across the UK with police forces, regional organised crime units and other law enforcement organisations

* The communications officer supports through coordinating internal and external communications and promoting the function to stakeholders and the public through proactive communications.

Key Responsibilities

* Act as a communications lead for establishing and maintaining good working relationships with communications teams across partner organisations and stakeholders.

* Represent client in wider regional and national communications networks

* Provide professional communications advice and work proactively to assess how communications can support the work both internally and externally.

* Support business objectives by developing communications plans to outline those objectives and associated delivery

* Source proactive 'good news' stories to enhance the reputation of the unit both internally and externally and inform and reassure stakeholders and the wider public.

* Utilise the full range of internal and external communication channels, to communicate with the right audience, at the right time, in the right way, publishing across a range of channels including web and social media. Monitor media and all other channels, reacting appropriately when required to maintain and enhance the client's image.

* Ensure the consistent application of the NATIS brand and key messages through all proactive communications, both internally and externally.

* Develop and maintain responsibility for the communications strategy

* Provide a regular evaluation of communications strategy and activity to the senior management team.

* Develop quality and timely media releases, appeals and statements in response to press enquiries and for the workforce as well as internal and external stakeholders.

* Take the lead for communication coordination, particularly in the event of a significant incident.

* Attend briefings regarding significant events involving and provide professional communications and media handling advice to the senior team where required.

Entry requirements

* Minimum of 3 years experience working within a professional communications role within a large complex organisation, preferably within a Police organisation.

* Experience of delivering campaigns and the promotion of an organisation including planning, monitoring and evaluation.

* Evidence of professional development and qualifications in communication

* Strong communication skills and an ability to write in a clear, succinct and engaging manner, adapting for audience and channel.

* Works effectively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships.

* Ability to present ideas and effectively persuade and influence at all levels

* Demonstrate ability to make decisions under pressure and deal effectively with complex and sensitive issues, providing media advice around significant incidents,

* Demonstrate creativity and innovation in the delivery of internal and external communications through a variety of channels

* Demonstrate ability to manage busy workload and conflicting priorities

* Understanding of audience segmentation and the ability to adapt internal and external communication plans to meet the communication needs of the audience

* Working knowledge of media law, equalities, human rights, data protection and freedom of information

General Requirements

* Post holder must have a full driving licence and a vehicle for business purposes

* Business insurance must be arranged for the individual when using a private vehicle. Travel will be required, either mileage paid for or fleet vehicle use may be provided on occasions

* Prepared on occasions to work outside of normal working hours.

* Security vetting to NPPV3 Level (MV)

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