Communications Account Lead
*Local Government* *Hybrid / remote working available*
To act as a senior dedicated customer interface accountable for Communications and Campaigns performance and service provision to Councillors and senior officers, providing strategic advice on innovative, audience-focused communications which promote the Council's reputation.
Coordinating all the resources of the Communications and Campaigns team to develop and deliver specialist communications services that enable stakeholders and customers to engage with and make informed use of the service(s) and where appropriate, to instigate behavioural change in our customers/stakeholders.
Establish a programme of regular engagement with senior officers, partners and stakeholders: undertaking discussions from the early stages of policy and service development to identify communications implications and reputational risks; explaining and negotiating communications strategy and pla
To develop positive engagement with the press and media, ensuring that strong relationships are built and maintained. This includes ensuring that the Council's and the Directorates public profile is managed effectively.
Key Skills and Experience:
Proven track record of successfully leading on the development of a communication programme in a large complex political organisation
Experience of working with Elected Members Extensive experience of working with residents, or similar stakeholders
Experience of effectively using media whilst minimising risks.
Strong organisational skills that ensure plans are developed and implemented resulting in desired outcomes.
Excellent communication skills, able to write concise reports and deliver these to Senior Management. This also includes communicating effectively to a range of different audiences, producing relevant material for these audiences.
Ability to meet tight deadlines, whilst dealing with conflicting priorities.
Strong ability to set and meet own targets and those of the service.
Ability to maintain grip of project objectives in line with corporate and service plan. Strong ability to work collegiately within various teams.
Ability to build lasting, strong relationships and credibility quickly.
Proven stakeholder management.