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Bristol City Council

Based: Bristol

Posted: Mon 13 Sep 2021
Closing Date: Wed 22 Sep 2021
Employer: Bristol City Council
Job Category: Media relations roles
PR & comms officers
Employment Type: Full time
Sector: Public Relations

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Senior External Communications Officer

Bristol City Council

Based: Bristol

Posted: Mon 13 Sep 2021
Closing Date: Wed 22 Sep 2021
Employer: Bristol City Council
Job Category: Media relations roles
PR & comms officers
Employment Type: Full time
Sector: Public Relations

Job Description

Senior External Communications Officer

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and talented communications specialist to join Bristol City Council’s dynamic, innovative and award-winning External Communications and Consultation team. We are dedicated to making Bristol a city of hope and aspiration where everyone can share in its success. Great communication is essential to building meaningful relationships, understanding our citizens and bringing our vision to life. This is where you come in.

You will help lead our communications on all aspects of transport in Bristol as we continue to build a better connected and more sustainable network. We have bold and ambitious plans to improve wellbeing, reduce congestion, improve our air quality and deliver carbon reduction targets. You will be at the forefront of communicating how this can be achieved through our transport strategy.

You’ll be self-motivated, creative, flexible, confident and an experienced communications professional who will help create, support and deliver communication, marketing and PR activity across a wide range of activities simultaneously. The post holder will have responsibility for devising, delivering and evaluating strategic and tactical activities to a range of audiences, exploiting all forms of communication and engagement with stakeholder groups to the best effect. They are also expected to support the wider External Communications team.

What do I need to have?

You will have excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate complex messages in a creative and engaging way. With exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and confidently manage relationships with partners both inside and outside the council, you will be a vital part of leading communications activity for key city projects. You will be sensitive to risk and opportunity, briefing and advising senior colleagues accordingly. Specific activities include leading strategic communications and campaign planning and evaluation, stakeholder engagement, writing press releases, web copy, social media, monitoring and event organisation.

You will be well-organised, juggling sharp strategic thinking with the ability to keep an eye on the detail. You’ll be happy working in a busy environment and managing multiple priorities under pressure. Underpinning your skills will be a degree or relevant equivalent industry or vocational qualification and/or significant experience of working in a marketing or communications role.

Working within a fast-paced, supportive, collaborative environment, this is an exciting opportunity to join a friendly team committed to achieving the best results possible against objectives designed to support and enable people and groups across Bristol.

Contact Details

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please apply via our website: click here

To be successful in being shortlisted for interview, please submit an application which fully demonstrates how you meet each of the essential criteria as laid out in the Person Specification, this should be demonstrated in the Further Information section of your application.

Your application should fully evidence your education and training, along with your previous employment history. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, therefore please demonstrate how you meet the desirable criteria if you are able to do so.

Additional Information

Please note this role is politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

This is a full-time permanent role, 37 hours per week. Your working days will be Monday to Friday.

If you have any further queries after reading the job advert, along with the job paperwork, then please contact Alison Butts, External Communications Manager, alison.butts@bristol.gov.uk.

Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 23 September

Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 1 October

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the city we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome applications from young people (16/24-year olds), Black and Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates who are currently under-represented within this service of Bristol City Council. Appointments will be made on merit.

 

Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

Employer Information

Bristol City Council
United Kingdom