Communications Account Lead
Grade PO6: £48,867 - £51,903 per annum
Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough with excellent transport links to the rest of London and South-East England, including Kent, Essex, Surrey and Middlesex. Almost three-quarters of the population is of African, Caribbean, or South Asian heritage, contributing to 220 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse cultures across the country, Newham is an exciting and challenging borough that is committed to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
The Borough boasts iconic landmarks such as Green Street, the Olympic Park, Excel centre, Westfield Shopping Centre and the University of East London. Newham is changing rapidly, benefiting from significant investment, creating new jobs, homes and opportunities for all.
Working at Newham Council, you’ll benefit from collaborating with a talented group of people that make our team unique. We work together to find solutions, sharing ideas to resolve issues as they arise. Priding ourselves on being a team that actively listens respecting the views of others, we encourage equality and diversity in all that we do.
It’s a great time to join us, Newham’s Children’s Services have just been rated Good with Outstanding management by Ofsted after a two year improvement journey. So you will be joining a highly motivated team who want to consolidate on this success and go even further. Communicating the crucial work of the service and helping build on it is crucial.
We have just agreed our new corporate plan Building a Fairer Newham that sets out the priorities for the next four years it will inform all that we do.
About the Role
As the Communications Lead - Corporate, you will directly report into the Assistant Director External Affairs and deliver media relations, crisis communications, and campaign support to the Council’s corporate centre including resources (finance), democratic services and HR. This will include developing communications activity that contributes to strengthened awareness and understanding of the Council’s corporate priorities with external audiences including national, local and regional media; political stakeholders; and social media audiences. The impact of your activity will contribute to the Council delivering on its ambitious four year corporate plan, Building a Fairer Newham, and support overall service area delivery.
This is a newly created role within the Marketing; Resident Engagement; and Policy Directorate. The vision for this directorate is to transform awareness, engagement, understanding and positive action amongst key audiences towards the Council, directly supporting service delivery and delivery of the corporate strategic priorities, including the four year corporate plan ‘Building a Fairer Newham’. The post holder will be critical in delivering the Council’s ambition for the borough, delivering for the people of Newham and ensuring financial sustainability, specifically value for money against all budget expenditure.
These are fast paced, exciting roles where no two days are the same, which is ideal for someone who thrives under pressure in a supportive and collaborative team. We’re looking for someone who ‘says it like it is’, with the ability to lead change, engage teams and drive forward multiple projects.
You will be ambitious in your approach, evidencing your communications skills along with the experience of working collaboratively amongst various stakeholders to implement service improvement initiatives.
Boasting strong leadership skills, you will be a confident leader who focuses on coaching, developing and guiding teams to achieve operational excellence, whilst demonstrating a strong performance management culture.
You will have a proven track record of successfully leading on the development of a communication programme in a large complex organisation and experience of working with Elected Members. You must also have experience of working on corporate strategy and financial reportingPlease view Communication Account Lead JD
IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.
We are committed to creating an inclusive, anti-racist environment for all. When you apply for a job at Newham, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you share our vision and values, and you bring the experience and skills we need, that’s all that matters to us.
The London Borough of Newham has important responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are appointed to a job that involves working with these groups, you may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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- Closing date – 8^th February 2023
- Interviews – Will be held at the end of February 2023
If you would like a discussion about the role or recruitment process, please contact Andy Bate, Strategic