Are you an experienced communications manager looking for a new challenge for 2020? We have two exciting opportunities to take on leading roles in our communication and engagement team - one permanent and one covering maternity leave. The team is dynamic, ambitious and innovative and keen to develop new approaches.
About the role
We are looking for a Communications and Engagement Manager to lead on media (permanent) - link to apply to this role can be found here - this person will lead on developing and delivering integrated multimedia activity that maximises all media approaches.
We are also looking for a Communication and Engagement Manager to lead on campaigns (12 months fixed term maternity cover) - link to apply to this role can be found here this person will oversee and deliver integrated campaigns and engagement activities which aim to inform and change behaviour by engaging staff, residents and key stakeholders.
Both roles work closely to maximise opportunities across all communication and engagement activity.
We are a team that delivers high quality, well planned and innovative work in a fast paced environment. A place where leaders are made - 'Making Kingston, Better Together' Kingston is a special place in South West London, between capital and country. It has a strong heritage and has been a Royal Borough longer than anywhere else. It is where the first kings of England were crowned, the coronation stone is on the council’s Guildhall complex.
In following in the tradition of being a place where leaders are made, we want to develop individual future leaders of Local Government that demonstrate that it’s possible to not just survive but thrive. Join us in our journey and ambition to be a leaders local government as we move towards becoming a more agile, responsive and a forward looking organisation, working collectively in the best interests of our residents, partners and businesses.
We are looking for exceptional candidates who have a solid working knowledge across communications channels covering: media relations, digital, staff and community engagement, research, consultation techniques, behaviour change methodology, and campaign design.
As an organisation with big aspirations to be a leading local government organisation, we know this means continually looking for ways to value and nurture talent and being committed to helping individuals fulfil their potential. We value trust and openness in each other, providing space for our staff to think definitely, to be bold and to challenge the normal ways of thinking and doing. We offer a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We are focused on developing and raising our own innovation capacity & capability, not just bringing in consultants or outsourcing to external help. You will be joining an organisation that is constantly striving to improve its ways of working and actively encourages ideas however big or small, from all staff.
Applicants should have substantial experience in a relevant public relations, communications, marketing or media role. An understanding of the working of local government and the specific demands of working in a political environment would be especially welcomed.
Benefits we offer
Located just 30 minutes from central London, The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames is a fantastic place to live, work and visit offering all the highlights of city life in a leafy, riverside setting. One of the safest boroughs in London and proud host to 27 conservation areas it is bursting with character and points of interest, ranging from medieval churches to modern day theme parks.
Preserving Kingston's unique identity is a key outcome for the council. Kingston is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive borough with a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is thought to be home to one of the largest Korean communities in Europe. More than 180,000 people currently call the Royal Borough their home. Read more about our challenges & opportunities (from our Corporate Plan ‘Making Kingston Better Together’) here
Kingston Council has good access to central London and our offices are a short walk from the station based in the middle of the historic and vibrant high street next to the open spaces of the river Thames, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live and work.
The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:
- 29 days annual leave - In addition you will receive 8 statutory bank holidays
- Local government pension scheme
- Interest free season loan ticket
- Cycle to work and Zip Car Scheme
- Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
- Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
- A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued.
- Modern and flexible working environment allowing employees to benefit from agile working practices.
With Google Suite, rather than being focused on staff ‘being here’, we provide staff solutions, using our Google suite of applications, to better meet organisational needs whilst providing improved individual work life balance.
We want to support staff to work in the ways that gets the best from them, producing high-quality and meaningful work. For some of our staff this means joining a meeting remotely via a Google hangout or having multiple people working on shared document across various locations.
However, when you are in the offices at our Guildhall complex, you will find a newly refurbished modern working environment including height adjustable desks, break out meeting spaces, meeting pods, video conferencing facilities, quiet working spots as well as rest and eating spaces.
The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.
Advert closing date: 09/02/2020
Provisional Interview date: week commencing 17/02/2020