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Communications Manager (Campaigns and Forward Plans)

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Overview We're looking for an experienced and ambitious strategic communications professional to join our team at one of the newest and largest unitary councils in the country. It's an exciting time to work at Buckinghamshire Council. As a new council, we aspire to be the best and to get the best outcomes for the people and businesses who call Buckinghamshire “home”. Communications is at the forefront of shaping and telling our story and if you have creative and innovative ideas about how we can do that, we'd love to hear from you. About us Buckinghamshire Council is a new unitary council formed on 1 April 2020. It serves over 500,000 residents in one of the most beautiful counties in the country. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces, including areas of outstanding natural beauty, diverse communities and proximity to London all help make it a great place to live and work. About the role As the Communications Manager (campaigns and forward plans), you'll oversee the development of creative and compelling campaigns that inform, inspire, educate and change behaviour. You'll embed a culture of forward planning, evaluation, innovation, learning and improvement within the teams that you oversee. You'll work closely with the Head of Communications and the Communications Manager (news and content) to drive forward our improvement programme, focus on delivering against our corporate priorities and always work together to meet our shared goals. As an integral member of the communications management team, you'll have a role that is varied, challenging and at the centre of the council. You'll be working with our corporate management team, our 147 newly elected councillors – and everyone in between. About you You'll be passionate about the value of communications and will be an inspiring, supportive and motivational leader, who encourages your team to be the best they can be. You'll be forward thinking, ambitious and enthusiastic and have the drive and energy to tackle challenges head-on. We're looking for someone who is an experienced, strategic corporate communications professional, who has a proven track record in developing, delivering and overseeing high quality, impactful communications from start to finish. You should be able to work across a range of channels and with strategic partners, the private sector and community partners. Experience of working in a unitary council would be advantageous. You can read more about the role and who we're looking for in the job description. Other information Interviews will be held remotely on 2nd – 4th August. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible. Our values We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy. By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect: • a fair and inclusive culture • the chance to really make a difference to those around you • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events About the Business Unit The Deputy Chief Executive directorate is central to Buckinghamshire Council's journey to establish itself as one of the best councils in the country. With a clear focus on service improvement through transformation and a drive to build better relationships with the local community, the directorate is fast-paced; but extremely rewarding. Our teams are not only proactively delivering on projects and plans but also reacting to developing situations. If you are ambitious, innovative, and would relish the opportunity to influence change – a role within our service area could be your next career move. The team includes exciting areas of work, including a brand new localities model – delivering 16 community boards across the county to make it easy for our residents to engage with us as we work together to plan for the future. Other teams include our Policy and Communications and Legal and Democratic Services teams – innovating the way we communicate with our colleagues, Members and the local community, and role-modelling best practice through policy, planning and legal services. If you think you can help us achieve our goals, and want to be a part of this exciting journey, we would love to hear from you! We recognise and reward you Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more. https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/working-buckinghamshire-council/

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