Head of Communications

Holborn, London
£57,861 pa (starting salary) plus generous benefits
09 Jul 2013
24 Jul 2013
Full Time
Permanent

Sport England’s primary outcome is to get more people doing more sport and to deliver a lasting sporting legacy from the 2012 Games. We are looking for an experienced communications professional to develop and deliver an effective and integrated communications programme.

You will devise and lead the delivery of Sport England’s public relations and media strategy to secure positive coverage and position Sport England as the voice of community sport, a centre of excellence and a key driver of the grassroots legacy.

You will be responsible for developing positions on contentious issues, and where necessary devising and implementing crisis handling strategies. You will also provide expert communications advice and insight to the Executive and Chair.

You will be a strong media handler with excellent nose for a good story, superb written and oral communication skills, and a track record of building productive relationships with senior figures in the UK media coupled with a detailed knowledge of the demands for print and broadcast media. You will have experience of working within a politically sensitive environment and have a proven track record of persuading and influencing internally and externally stakeholders. You will have proven ability to make high-level strategic judgements under pressure and use your strong analytical skills to simplify complex material and develop a narrative that is compelling for a non-specialist audience.

For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Sport England please visit www.sportegland.org.  The closing date for applications is Wednesday 24th July 2013.

Sport England actively promotes diversity in employment and sport and welcomes applications from all parts of the community.