Senior communications officer

New Local Government Network (NLGN) Senior communications officer
Location London, UK
Application deadline 18 March 2020
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary GBP32,000-GBP37,000
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NLGN is a think tank and network working to energise local government, improve public services and empower communities. We publish research on some of today’s most pressing issues – like housing, welfare and economic equality – informed by our network of 60-plus local authorities.

At the heart of our work is ‘community power’ – the belief that people should be given the means to transform the places they live and the services they use. We believe this is key to reducing the burden on our public services, and to creating a better society for all.

The role

Over the last year, we’ve seen our community power message really begin to take hold. At the same time, we’re rapidly developing and growing as an organisation. We’re looking to further increase the impact of our work by expanding our communications reach and influence. We’re looking for a Senior Communications Officer who can help us do just this.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Digital management: Day-to-day content planning and website upkeep, taking a leading role in the site’s redevelopment
  • Social media: Running all activity on NLGN’s channels to increase engagement and reach influential stakeholders
  • Content: Producing, commissioning, editing and planning activity – from blogs and reports to films and podcasts
  • Media Relations: Taking a proactive and reactive approach to promoting NLGN’s work and interests with national, regional and specialist press
  • Planning: Working cross-team to carefully coordinate our communications – making sure our messages are heard by the right audiences at the right time
  • Brand management: Acting as ‘brand ambassador’ for NLGN – ensuring that our messaging is understood and conveyed by all members of staff, and helping to develop and disseminate a new brand identity
  • And more: Contributing to the planning and delivery of campaign and events activity – including parliamentary influencing and members events. Taking on ad hoc tasks to support the communications strategy and our work as a whole.

Experience and skills

Our ideal candidate will be:

  • A great communicator, who can distil complex ideas and bring people together around a cause – verbally, visually and in writing
  • A creative thinker, who has an eye for design and can bring fresh approaches to any challenge
  • Digitally savvy, with experience creating high levels of engagement online and through social media, and knowledge of digital best practice – and new techniques
  • A keen planner, whose strategic understanding and attention-to-detail is proven to keep projects timely and impactful
  • A warm connector, with experience of building strong, supportive relationships inside and outside teams, including with press and local/national government
  • Someone with quick judgement, who flourishes in an environment of autonomous working and speedy decision making, and can be trusted to make the right calls
  • Driven by achieving change, both in terms of improving our own work and achieving NLGN’s broader political and societal goals
  • Flexible and collaborative, generous in offering expertise and keen to work adaptively and openly with other members of NLGN staff