Head of Communications and Engagement

Job Summary
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 28/01/2024 23:59
£65,158 - £71,829
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Executive / Managerial
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Closing date:
28 Jan
Further Information
We’re looking for a Head of Communications and Engagement. Are you interested; you should be!

Are you someone who’s passionate about communications?  Do you want a role where you’re recognised for your love of what you enjoy doing, which is making a difference to people’s lives and ensuring people are engaged with the work you do?  Do you work hard to ensure your brand is recognised and the way in which you communicate is modern and effective?

How do you feel about being in a role where you’ll be given the opportunity to thrive and be the best version of yourself?  If you’re driven to deliver the council’s communication strategy, ensuring a continuous improvement approach in all that you do, you’re just what we’re looking for.  We want the council’s workforce, communities, partners and stakeholders to be kept up to date, engaged and consulted with in all that we do.  We want you to sell the work of the Council and Gateshead the place.  We want you to work with us to apply your brilliant skills, knowledge, and experience.  If this sounds like you then please keep reading!

About the role….

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to join our leadership team, where you have the freedom to be creative, innovative and make a difference.  We’re looking for a transformational leader who champions creative and visionary communications and engagement approaches, that are modern and relevant, who’ll develop and deliver integrated, effective, and engaging campaigns which will raise our profile and influence participation in everything the council is aiming to achieve. 

We want the successful candidate to provide leadership and management and ensure that corporate and service plans are effectively delivered through the application of effective, smart and inspiring communications and engagement activities.  Leading a high performing team, you’ll have the flexibility to engage, collaborate and bring others along on your journey, to ensure everyone understands what we want to achieve and why.  Providing a brilliant service is a crucial element to delivering the council’s Thrive agenda.  We want an approach that rivals others. 

We encourage our people to think differently, do the right thing and be innovative.  You’ll have the scope to work flexibly across the service, giving you plenty of opportunity for a varied, enjoyable, and productive day. 

So, if you’re interested in joining an organisation with an excellent employee offer and great culture then this could be an opportunity you just don’t want to miss.

A bit about Gateshead Council…

Gateshead is a constantly changing borough, combining modern facilities with a fascinating heritage and the demand for our services continues to grow.  We engage with many partners and contract a high number of services to deliver the best outcomes for our community.  We’re truly committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of service and we need like-minded people who can help us deliver a sector leading service.   We need people who want to make a difference, who are talented, possess the right knowledge and skills and who want the chance to demonstrate how good they are.

What’s in it for you?  Well, there’s so much on offer and here’s just a few of the highlights!

You’ll be paid a competitive salary of up to £71,829 per annum.
You’ll have access to our new benefits platform VIVUP where you can get discounted shopping etc.
Lots of annual leave per year and the chance to buy up to 10 additional holidays per year.
Hybrid working is also something you can take advantage of.
And much more!!!

It’s time to apply!

We’re delighted that you want to come and work with us.  Please take a look at the full job profile.  It’s important that you read it in full and check that you meet the essential criteria, because when we start choosing people to come and meet us, we’ll be checking to ensure that they meet the essential criteria as set out in the job profile. 

All we need from you is a copy of your up-to-date CV and a cover letter please setting out why you want to work for Gateshead, what makes you the best person for the job and what difference you’ll make, so please send us your information no later than midnight on 28 January 2024 to:

If you would like an informal discussion about the role then please give Iain Burns, Service Director – Office of the Chief Executive a call on 0191 433 2184.
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This job is closed for applications.