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Head of Communications

Employer
Birmingham City Council
Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
£58,708 - £76,198 (Grade 7)
Closing date
22 May 2022
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Head of Communications – Strategy and Campaigns – Birmingham City Council

£58,708 - £76,198 (Grade 7)

Permanent

36.5 hours per week

The Roles

2022 is a bold year for Birmingham, the start of a golden decade for the city and we are looking for two new people to join us as we seize the opportunities ahead.

The newly created roles of Head of Communications and Head of Press will join a busy team already promoting and enhancing the reputation of the city. In the year we host the Commonwealth Games we have a bold plan to ensure that with the eyes of the world on us as we use every opportunity to show just how amazing the city is. These two new roles will be vital in ensuring that plan delivers.

Bold, the definition of which is a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous. That is what we need from whoever comes in to work with us during one of the most exciting times for Birmingham. The social and economic impact of Covid19 on Birmingham means that you will be joining the council at a critical, but also exciting time, and one of re-charge and renewal. You will be starting as we host the Commonwealth Games giving Birmingham and our chance to shine on a global stage, and you will be key to creating that sparkle.

We want you to use your talents and experience to guide us as we use every opportunity to promote the city, engage with our citizens and collaborate with our staff. You will work closely with the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) to successfully implement the Be Bold Be Birmingham communications strategy and improve the reputation of the organisation.

These new roles will report to the Assistant Director for Communications. They will be closely linked to the Director of Strategy, Equality & Partnerships and vital in providing trusted guidance and advice to the Chief Executive and Cabinet Members.

You will identify opportunities to help share the city and the council’s story though social and traditional media. Taking advantage of this one-off chance to change the reputation Birmingham, you will be someone with good connections, a strong track record in delivering engaging content and used to working in a fast paced and dynamic environment. You will provide operational grip: ensuring opportunities are successfully taken, and plans are successfully delivered with impact.

For someone with a passion for problem solving and strategic thinking then Birmingham offers an unrivalled opportunity, of a scale and complexity, unlike any other UK City. The size and breadth of issues we face gives challenges and opportunities like no other. It will test your professional skills and your intellectual ability.

Above all, you will have a passion for ensuring the best is done for Birmingham citizens in the right way.

The Candidates

We are looking for innovative and passionate individuals, excited by the opportunity to work in one of the most exciting, dynamic and complex places, anywhere in the UK.

We require someone with a strong understanding of how to manage complex stakeholders and is confident enough to work in a senior role in a high-profile organisation. You will be vital in pushing forward improvement and change so therefore need to be authoritative and confident.

A highly skilled professional, who wants to utilise all their skills and expertise, bringing innovation and guidance. We are relaxed in terms of your professional background and equally keen to appeal to a diverse and broad range of candidates from across sectors, so your experience may have been gained in the commercial or public sectors, and possibly across the two.

What is important however is that you are a strategic, agile thinker with the vision and creativity to enable us to operate effectively and ethically.

Birmingham is an exceptional city and requires officers who shares our ambition and passion and have the skills and experience to turn help us get there.

We are keen to attract the best talent from the public and private sectors, and the City Council is absolutely committed to having a workforce that reflects the diverse local community it serves.

Closing date: 22 May 2022

Ref: BCC002929

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