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Local Authority Press Office and Social Media Communications Officer

£250 per day
Local Government
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18-11-2020 12:41 PM
Charlotte Coleman
I am currently recruiting for a experienced Communications Officers to work with a London Local Authority on a contract basis.

The role with focus on Press Office and Social Media work, and therefore applicants must have experience in both areas.

In the wider context, the Communications Officer will support the delivery of communications to residents, businesses and communities. A key current priority focus of communications is to minimise the spread of COVID-19 across the borough, raising awareness and understanding of the key public health messages and encouraging behaviour change to limit the spread of the virus along with various day to day communication requirements to support the local authority do carry out its many duties and responsibilities under increasing demand and reducing budgets.

The successful applicants will manage multi-media channels and deliver simple and effective communications to diverse communities so they are informed, safe, and inspired to play their part in controlling the spread of the virus, supporting each other to live with and recover from the many impacts of a global pandemic.


  • Ability to communicate clearly, confidently and appropriately using the best tools and methods for the task
  • Proficient in managing and prioritising a demanding communications work load to tight timescales during crisis/emergency situations
  • Extensive PR/media experience; handling press enquiries, management of relationships with journalists, drafting releases and creating content to communicate council vision and objectives
  • Extensive social media experience and good understanding of using digital communications to encourage behaviour change
  • Experience of creating impactful written, visual and audio visual content for a range of audiences - residents, businesses, community groups
  • Ability to build effective networks and relationships across council teams, contractors and partners, and with residents and communities to get the best communication outcomes
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgment and quickly find effective solutions to problems

Graphic design skills and experience of InDesign would be an advantage but are not essential.

The role will be predominantly home based although some visits to sites around the borough may be required.

Please do not hesitate to apply if you have the required skills/experience.

Rate quoted is umbrella/inside IR35.




Charlotte Coleman

(Local Authority Team Manager - CertRP)

01732 455300

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