Communications Officer

We serve 125,000 residents in 55,000 households across a diverse and interesting district, providing a wide range of services including waste and recycling, leisure facilities, parks and open spaces, benefit administration, planning, housing advice, and many others.

Our residents expect value for money from their council tax payments, so it is vital that we communicate about the services we provide – our performance and our progress on delivering key projects. This is where you come in. As part of our small communications team you will be responsible for:

  • Drafting press releases and liaising with our local media
  • Helping to compile publications such as our residents’ magazine

  • Helping manage our social media presence

  • Producing regular internal communications 

To do this successfully you will have at least two years press office or related experience and be:

  • An excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Assertive and confident when dealing with senior colleagues and outside parties

  • Confident with IT systems and social media

  • A team player

Special Conditions: 
We can offer you an excellent benefits package including a pension scheme, generous leave allowance, flexi-time, home working, leisure concessions and more.
Salary Range: 
£21,876 - £25,752 per annum
Closing Date: 
Friday, 21 July 2017 - 12:00pm
Interview to be held on: 
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Reference Number: 
Further Info: 

If you are interested in this position, you can find out more details by looking at the attached documents at the bottom of this page. 

If you would like an informal chat about the post, you can contact Sarah Kingsley, Communications Manager on 01462 474552.

How to apply: 

To apply for a position you must complete the online application form and submit it to be received by us no later than midday on the closing date.  Please note that we do not accept CV applications, either on their own or accompanying application forms. Therefore please ensure that all relevant information is provided on the application form.

To apply, please follow the link below to our online recruitment service:

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If you have any questions, please call our helpline on 01462 474556, email us at, or by Text Phone on 01462 474800.

Guidance on Completing the Application Form:

Your completed application form will be vital during the recruitment process, both for shortlisting and at interview. Therefore please ensure that you complete the form clearly, accurately and in full.

Please read the advertisement, job description, person specification and additional information carefully before completing the application form.

When completing the application form you should target your skills and experience towards the criteria listed in the person specification and provide examples to demonstrate how you are able to meet each criteria.

As part of the application form we ask for Monitoring Information. Please remember to complete this section as it is essential in enabling the Council to monitor the effectiveness of our Equality and Diversity policy. Please note that this information is not passed on to the Recruiting Manager during the application process (it is retained in Human Resources for monitoring purposes) to ensure that each application is shortlisted based solely on information relating to the post.

If you are selected to attend for interview we will let you know approximately 5 working days before the interview date. In the event of you not hearing by this date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

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