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Communications Officer

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Work Location
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Occupational group
Communications, Marketing & PR
Salary details
£26,999 - £28,795
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
37 hours per week
Closing Date
16 August 2020
Interview date
w/c 24 August 2020
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Our Vision: Making Teignbridge a healthy and desirable place where people want to live, work and visit.
Our Values: Communicative, Respectful, Purposeful, Conscientious.

What it's like to work here: With its diverse mix of coast, countryside, seaside resorts, market towns, villages and moorland, Teignbridge is a great place to work and live.

For this role: You’ll work within the communications team to deliver a range of communications activity for Teignbridge, including media, PR, digital media, campaigns, marketing and internal communications.

What you'll be doing: You’ll be a key part of a small dynamic communications team, carrying out and leading on a range of activities including:
- Media liaison (local, national on reactive/proactive stories);
- Digital communications (including social media management with software website development platforms and CRM tools, e.g. gov delivery);
- Internal communications;
- Writing/editing e-newsletters;
- Communications projects (including planning and climate change).
A confident copywriter, you’ll need to generate content for a range of different audiences and channels through discussions with service leads and attending meetings.
Contributing to the team’s corporate priorities including:
- Developing communications strategy;
- Strategic narrative;
- Reviewing current content strategy and branding guidelines in light of emerging new priorities;
- Sell in content for key projects (e.g. regeneration schemes and developments).

Who we're looking for: Confident, creative and highly organised communications professional with a broad range of skills at planning and operational level with a good understanding of running and evaluating campaigns, with the ability, knowledge and understanding to:
- Use insight to develop behaviour change approaches;
- Understand local government and able to interact with members and officers at all levels;
- Be a trained journalist/have a good understanding of media law, how to write quality concise copy with a degree in a media, marketing or a communications-related subject (or equivalent);
- Understand importance of deadlines;
- Provide briefings to members and officers ahead of interviews;
- Prioritise/flex workloads (in light of the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID outbreak);
- Adapt and respond quickly to new situations;
- A collaborative team player with the ability to contribute to discussions, generate and move forward with ideas;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Good knowledge of local government and understanding of digital and social media tools/trends with an understanding of data protection and accessibility legislation.
We’re looking for someone who shares our commitment to openness and transparency in everything we do and who is equally passionate about the reputation of local government and of Teignbridge.

We value our staff and offer an excellent working environment, employee rewards and benefits include:
- Local Government Pension Scheme;
- Generous Annual Leave;
- Family Friendly Leave, Pay and Working Arrangements;
- Childcare Vouchers;
- Discounted Gym Membership at Teignbridge District Council Leisure Centres;
- Cycle Scheme;
- Career Development through Professional Learning and Development.

As an accredited Investor in People and a Disability Confident Employer, we value diversity and celebrate individuality across our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and service provision and are only interested in your ability to do the job.

For informal discussion, please contact Louise Raymond on 07768 553311.

DBS Checks - Teignbridge District Council complies fully with the DBS code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. If a position is included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order, the Council uses criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to assess an individual’s suitability for the post.

Data Protection - The organisation processes information about an individual's criminal convictions in accordance with its data protection policy / policy on processing special categories of personal data. In particular, data collected during recruitment is held securely and accessed by, and disclosed to, individuals only for the purposes of completing the recruitment process as per the General Data Protection Regulation.
The organisation is also committed to going through the proper DBS channels to establish whether or not an individual has a criminal record. The organisation will not require job applicants or existing employees to use their subject access rights under data protection provisions to provide criminal record details.
All information is processed in line with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Safeguarding Commitment - Teignbridge District Council will comply with its legal obligations in relation to recruiting people to work with children/vulnerable adults.

Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification to inform your application and supporting statement.


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