Communications Lead - Internal.3304

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
23/09/2021 23:59
£42,821- £46,845
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Marketing / Media / Communications
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
County Hall
Number of posts:
Closing date:
23 Sep
Further Information

Internal Communications Lead

Do you want a challenging and rewarding career with real opportunities to change the lives of people in Northumberland, if you are dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic then we want to hear from you.

Who is NCC?
World renowned as a visitor destination, Northumberland is also the ideal location to strike a perfect work/life balance. What better way of enjoying the picturesque scenery and stunning coastline than to sample it on an everyday basis?
Our Vision is: “To make Northumberland a county which you regard as a great place to live, and in which you can access the things you enjoy, whilst having the opportunity to learn and thrive”

Our people are the heart of Northumberland, which is why we place such importance on ensuring staff are engaged, informed and feel valued.
As we emerge from the pandemic and embed new ways of working, effectively communicating and engaging with our staff is more important than ever.

To support us with this, we’re looking for someone that’s passionate about internal communications and staff engagement, is creative and innovative in their approach, and who places a firm focus on demonstrating how it makes a real difference.

The person we are looking for will have extensive experience of developing and delivering internal communications and engagement plans in a large and complex organisation and will help deliver the Council’s key priorities and build its reputation with employees, residents and partners.

You’ll use your skills and experience to support the delivery of corporate priorities, our WorkSmart communications strategy, and people’s strategy and associated organisational development, and nurture the corporate culture in line with our values.

It is essential that you can quickly build effective relationships with colleagues across the council, helping you to understand the diversity of the organisation, build trust and identify effective ways to engage staff.

You will have experience of effectively monitoring and evaluating your work, ensuring communications channels and engagement activity are engaging and make a positive difference; as part of this you’ll also be confident in reporting performance in a clear and easy to interpret way.

As internal communications lead, you’ll join a talented and award-winning team, and well-established corporate communications service to enhance our internal communications and staff engagement capacity. You will be able to take a proactive role in the service, championing new, innovative and effective ways of working. You are someone who can plan, deliver and evaluate effective, professional and high-quality internal communications and engagement activity.

Superb communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate with people at all levels are essential, as well as being able to work on your own initiative.

You will have excellent skills and experience of writing and editing engaging copy for a wide range of internal communications channels and have proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects, and the right candidate will also have event management experience.

The successful candidate will be required to produce effective communications and have knowledge of social marketing; modern methods of digital communication and engagement will be essential, managing a small but perfectly formed team. Excellent relationships with partner organisations will also be fundamental to the role.

For further information, please see the attached job description and person specification.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and deliver the successful delivery of staff communications and engagement across Northumberland County Council.

We have some outstanding benefits to offer you, including:
- A starting salary of £42,821 (rising to £46,845)
- 25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service)(pro-rata for part-time employees)
- Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Flexi scheme applicable to majority of roles
- Local government discount schemes available to all employees with offers at local businesses along with various national brands

Deadline for applications is midnight on 23rd September 2021

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

For more guidance on completing your application, please see the attached notes

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Although we advertise on North East Jobs, your application process will be directed to our Taleo system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with Taleo, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘hr-empty@invalidemail.com’ as you will not be notified by any other means.