Interim Communications Manager
Our client is a large public sector organisation based in Winchester. They are easily accessible from the train station or alternatively via the park and rides which are 5-6 minutes into central Winchester with a regular service. Parking vouchers are provided to cover parking costs.
Reporting to the Head of Corporate Communications, this role is pivotal in ensuring that the organisation effectively communicates with residents, stakeholders and the media.
Key responsibilities include:
1. To act as a key point of contact for all day to day corporate communications issues arising
2. To develop and manage a team of communications officers
3. To support the Head of Corporate Communications to develop and deliver an overall corporate communications approach in line with priorities, taking advantage of opportunities and new possibilities to protect and promote the organisation's reputation
4. To identify and manage communications risk around projects, making clear, informed, appropriate, pragmatic and timely decisions within a highly pressurised environment
5. To develop and maintain excellent relationships with the media, monitoring and proactively engaging the wider media;
6. To identify emerging issues which may impact on the organisation's reputation
7. To support the Head of Corporate Communications by liaising closely with key internal stakeholders and relevant external third party organisations to ensure a high quality and timely response to media enquiries and a high level of public engagement around major developments
8. To prepare, review and edit as required press releases and statements on behalf of the organisation working to tight deadlines.
The successful candidate will be an experienced communications professional with previous experience of delivering public sector communications and media relations.
You will need experience of managing teams delivering communications in a fast paced environment. You will also need experience of working with senior stakeholder and deliver engaging, creative and innovative communications across a number of channels.
Competitive daily rate - starting asap!