Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 95,000 people and 3,000 businesses.
The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, driven, strategically minded Communications Manager who is experienced in all aspects of communications, PR, marketing, social media and emerging online technologies.
You will manage a small communications, design and print team in developing and delivering communication plans through different platforms including social media and new technologies to increase brand awareness, customer access and recognition for the council.
You will also work developing and enhancing relationships with stakeholders including politicians and the media. You will be responsible for the delivery of press releases both locally and nationally including monitoring press stories relating to the council and maximizing opportunities for positive PR.
You will also lead in the production of the council’s Your Borough magazine, produced four times a year. This will involve planning, editing, managing of advertising/sponsorship contracts and overseeing the design of each issue to budget and to meet print deadlines.
The post holder will also be required to attend some public events, evening council meetings and elections. Flexibility will also be required to meet deadlines and deal with urgent matters.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Previous experience in working in communications, including managing a team.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and IT skills
- Knowledge and understanding of communications including marketing, PR and digital media.
- Clean driving licence
In return we offer you:
Childcare vouchers and discounts
Government-approved, tax-efficient way of paying for childcare. You can use vouchers to pay for a wide variety of childcare for children up to the age of 16. Discounts at selected retailers in the town centre and reduced membership at local Leisure Centres.
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Simon Walsh on 01474 337896.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is working towards equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.