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Media and Publications Officer

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: CE/21/171527
  • Published: Fri 05/11/2021, 10:55 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 29/11/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,203.00 - £34,408.00 (FTE) Inclusive of London Weighting
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

 

We’re passionate about communicating with our community; start a new chapter in your career and be part of our award-winning story!  

We’re always looking at better, more modern and smarter ways of communicating with our residents and the media. We don’t do fluffy PR, we do important, real time communications and marketing that have an impact on our residents’ and community’s day-to-day life. We communicate about the things that matter, everything from ongoing pandemics to major roadworks, to once in a generation visits from Her Majesty The Queen to pioneering projects to improve social care. These are just some of the things you could be faced with when you join us. You’re going to have a big impact on what we do, so you’ll be trusted to take ownership of your work. To deliver better today. And to create a better tomorrow.  

 Because we’re Bracknell Forest...

We’re a small, friendly, hard-working and dedicated team of communications, marketing and media officers and graphic designers. We get to work with hundreds of staff across the council, often at very senior levels, as well as other groups and councillors; we also deal with a range of journalists daily, often on sensitive or urgent issues. We often have to think on our feet within short deadlines; no day is ever the same!  We have an agile working policy which allows us to work remotely up to 80 per cent of the week, should you wish to do so.

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

  • Providing expert media advice to team members, senior officers and councillors on highly sensitive or confidential reputational issues.  
  • Providing a professional lead on the council’s social media and digital activities; working with communications officers to develop, deliver and review innovative and target driven social media campaigns.
  • Drafting responses in line with key messages to approximately 300 media enquiries per year about services across the council. To be achieved through providing expert advice, creating responses, facilitating interviews and briefings, securing appropriate senior officer / executive member input and sign off, in a timely and appropriate way.
  • Lead and manage production of our resident publication Town & Country and monthly staff publication Forest Views, as well as our weekly e-newsletters, Town & Country Extra and Forest Views Extra, plus the Leader’s weekly column in The Bracknell News, to ensure positive promotion of, and effective engagement in, the council’s work and its strategic themes.
  • Participate in the out-of-hours duty rota, which provides emergency communications support 24/7 365 days a year, for which additional payment is made.

We are looking for someone with experience of working in a busy media environment, which caters for press, broadcast, print, web and social media with a recognised qualification in media, journalism or communications.  You will understand how to manage reputational risk and will have a practical understanding of how print, broadcast and digital media work, including the media cycle, circulation and deadlines.

 

We’re looking for a team player with excellent written and verbal communication, copywriting, digital media and news media skills.  

Someone who isn’t afraid to get stuck in and doesn’t shy away from tricky, reactive communications, enjoys a challenge and is comfortable working under pressure and to tight deadlines. 

The benefits you will experience are...

  • Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
  • Agile working which allows you to work remotely for up to 80% of your week
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
  • Access to childcare vouchers.

 

Interview date: Monday, 6 December 2021

Want to ask a question? 

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role please contact: 

Michelle Palmer, Deputy Head of Communications & Marketing

01344 352173

Or

Alayna Razzell, Head of Communications & Marketing

01344 352171

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

 

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  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: CE/21/171527
  • Published: Fri 05/11/2021, 10:55 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 29/11/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,203.00 - £34,408.00 (FTE) Inclusive of London Weighting
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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