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Senior Communications and Engagement Officer

Job Summary

  • Location Chichester, West Sussex
  • Salary Up to £17.06 per hour
  • Contract Type Temporary/Contract
  • Sector Office Support & Commercial
  • Date Posted 09 March 2021
  • Ref 4699_1615307206

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Job Description

Senior Communications and Engagement Officer

£17.06 per hour

Temporary contract role based remotely

18.5 hours Temporary contract - 6 month - 1 year

West Sussex

About the job:

The role of Senior Communications and Engagement Officer is integral to the smooth running of the Communications team. Managed by a Communications and Engagement Lead, post holders are responsible for establishing the communication strategy for a particular activity and executing it.

The purpose of this role is to deliver a first-class range of communications services, contributing to a number of projects at one time. To ensure all communications activity is evaluated as to its impact and lessons learned as to the success of particular campaigns and projects.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead and co-ordinate communication activities for clients and manage the delivery of complex and varied messages via a variety of channels.
  • Advise on the most cost-effective way for clients to achieve their communication objectives.
  • Support and help deliver engagement activity where that activity is high profile or aligned to corporate priotities.
  • Research and exploit new or improved communication channels including digital media, social networking sites and other technological advances.
  • Develop campaigns for major behaviour change initiatives which if successful could save the council millions of pounds.
  • Compile, analyse and produce intelligence on the most effective communication channels.
  • Monitor and horizon scan both the media and political landscape and look for opportunities or risks which the wider team should be aware of.
  • Use appropriate technological and electronic tools to produce accurate and timely reports and presentations for a range of audiences in a clear, concise and compelling manner that persuades recipients to accept recommended solutions.
  • Monitor and account for communication campaign budgets of up to £80K and prioritise spending with reference to corporate priorities and the plans of other services, with a requirement for rigorous monitoring and reporting back on expenditure.
  • Provide creative input to the production of communication materials including where necessary proofing and sense checking.
  • Communicate with and develop good working relationships with a range of people, including clients and senior managers in order to provide related information relative to campaign progress, whilst ensuring continuous sharing of information across different stakeholders.
  • Ensure communications uphold the Council's brand values and enhance its reputation.
  • Direct and co-ordinate other employees' communication activities providing clear and concise specialist guidance. This may include providing specialist skills training as appropriate.
  • Keep abreast of all relevant legislation, organisational procedures, policies and professional codes of conduct in order to uphold standards of best practice.
  • Support equality and diversity and respect customers, clients and other members of staff regardless of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic.


  • Degree, or equivalent qualification or experience demonstrating a high level of applied knowledge in communications, particularly in a public sector
  • Post graduate professional qualification in a relevant Desirable

Role demands:

  • The job requires concentrated mental attention over prolonged periods in order to conduct research, analyse findings and prepare appropriate feedback e.g. writing lengthy reports or preparation of detailed Writing reports or preparing detailed plans is estimated to take periods of up to a full day, often with consecutive days involved on the same task.
  • The job will be subject to competing priorities and will require the post-holder to organise and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • The job may require the post-holder to handle and process sensitive and confidential information.
  • Initiative: Able to progress a series of activities within recognised guidelines. The work involves making frequent decisions and exercising initiative without ready access to more senior officers. The jobholder consults a supervisor/ manager for advice on policy or resource issues.


18.5 hours per week


£17.06 per hour

If you would like to be considered for the role and hear more details please contact Sophie at FPR Group's Chichester office.

FPR Group is acting as a Recruitment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

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Sophie Carey

Sophie Carey

Having completed a degree in Events Management at Bournemouth University I joined FPR Group in May 2018 as an Events Coordinator and helped coordinate the prestigious events we run in and around West

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