Head of Communications

£50000 - £51500 per annum
21 Nov 2017
21 Dec 2017
Anastasia Pittas
Full Time
Contract Type
You will be responsible and accountable for internal and external communications, media relations and reputation management.

Key responsibilities:

* Responsible for online media, updating website consent and the intranet
* Develop and lead campaign strategies to engage the media and the public in a coordinated way that is consistent and maintains the reputation of the organisation
* Support the Director in external communications activities, identifying audiences and ensuring opportunities for media and speaking engagements are maximised
* Develop procedures, standards and policies around media management, events, VIP visits, and other areas of communications and ensure they are implemented consistently and appropriately
* Lead on communications for responding to a crisis or handling serious incidents
* Oversee the content of all internal communications including the weekly bulletin, staff forums and elements of the intranet
* Develop and sustain positive relationships with the media, maximise positive coverage and ensure balance in all media coverage, to improve public perceptions of the organisation
* Lead on all media relations involving the organisation including giving talks and media interviews and proactively seeking out these opportunities.
* Lead, develop and implement a media strategy to engage national, regional and local UK media across print, radio, television and online.
* Lead on celebrity, high profile and ambassador engagement
* Team management, including carrying out one-to-one meetings, reviewing annual performance of team members and addressing any issues
* Manage the department budget
* Attend Board meetings

Key skills:

* Substantial experience, operating at a senior level in communications, public relations, journalism or similar
* Proven experience of using digital tools in the work of the communications function and within the wider organisation
* Demonstrable experience of handling complex and sensitive issues in a high-profile organisation with multiple stakeholders
* Experience of handling high profile media stories and responding to incidents
* Proven experience in delivering internal communications
* Experience of crisis communications
* Experience of working with partners to deliver integrated media campaigns
* Proven ability to manage a communications department including a diverse range of functions and positions
* Proven ability to coordinate media campaigns, and communication strategies (internal and external)
* Proven ability to secure publicity - particularly in national and consumer media
* Proven track record in public speaking

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