Head of External Communications: Air, Marine & Rail Accident Investigation Branches

Aldershot, Hampshire
£46,696 - £53,700
29 Aug 2019
16 Sep 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you a communications professional with a talent for providing expert strategic and tactical communications advice?

Do you have the confidence to lead communications on high-profile accident investigations when the world’s media is watching?

Are you able to act with tact and diplomacy with internal and external stakeholders, championing best practice in communications while respecting the sensitivities around accident investigation?

Do you have:

  • Experience of developing corporate communications and engagement strategies?
  • Experience of developing crisis communications plans?
  • The ability and resilience to balance strategic and tactical duties?

If so then we want to hear from you.

Job description

We are recruiting for a Head of External Communications for the Air, Marine and Rail Accident Investigation Branches. In this role, you will need to hit the ground running working with the relevant senior managers, providing sound strategic advice and developing and delivering on each of the branch communication strategies.

You will have a track record of media relations, strategic communications and crisis communications. The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Act as senior communications adviser to the three Chief Inspectors and lead the development of the AIBs’ overall communications and engagement strategy, mindful of each Branch’s specific needs across all external communications channels, including digital, media, and stakeholder channels.
  • Lead the AIBs’ public relations, managing and advising on effective proactive and reactive engagement with media, including general media enquiries and FOI issues.
  • Produce content for traditional and digital channels, supporting colleagues in other teams to achieve objectives in the communication strategies.
  • Ensure spokespeople are appropriately trained in media skills, through a combination of formal training and periodic refreshers and coaching before media appearances.
  • Lead on development of crisis communication plans and manage media handling at major accident sites (liaison with other responders and DfT’s Communications Directorate), the preparation/delivery of press statements and responses, and development of Q&A briefings.

Closing date: 16 September 2019

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