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Deputy Head of Corporate Communications & Public Engagement

Force HQ, LewesM3 £48,003 - £57,141

If you’ve got the knowledge and experience to help shape how we communicate, have the confidence and ability to juggle priorities in a high-profile environment, and a passion to serve the public, read on.

At Sussex Police, our communications activity enhances operational policing and delivers measurable business benefits. We’re responsible for policing one of the largest, most diverse police areas in the country; from the vibrant city centre of Brighton and Hove and many large towns, to numerous rural communities and the busy Gatwick Airport.

As Deputy Head of Corporate Communications and Public Engagement, you’ll manage communications on a wide range of important issues affecting the communities we serve and our own people. You’ll help lead a team of committed professionals and manage our five team supervisors, ensuring everyone achieves their full potential and delivers consistently high-quality work.

Our teams aren’t based around traditional channels, but set-up to support the needs of a dynamic organisation with an account management approach more familiar in creative agencies than the public sector. This means you’ll need to be as confident advising on change communications to better inform our staff or a campaign to help local people prevent crime, as you would be managing the demands of the national press or responding to a social media storm.

This is a demanding role requiring excellent planning, negotiation and people skills on top of your communications expertise. You’ll oversee a full range of communications and engagement services across all our teams and personally develop strategies for some of our most complex cases and issues.

We expect you'll have an accredited qualification in communications - or equivalent professional experience - and solid practical skills honed over at least five years in a relevant field, ideally working in a variety of communications disciplines. Most importantly, you'll have a burning desire to use your talent to make a real difference in combating crime, keeping the public safe and supporting the excellent policing that happens across Sussex every day.

It’s a challenging role, but an exciting one with an exceptional level of job satisfaction. For an informal discussion about this opportunity, contact Head of Department Sue George on 01273 404174.

We value people's differences and are committed to reflecting the communities we serve in our workforce. 

Please visit the Sussex Police website where you will find the application form, diversity questionnaire and job description for this role.

Applications must be received by noon on Monday 3 February 2014.  Interviews will take place the week commencing 10 February 2014.

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