Head of Communications

Canterbury, Kent
£54,540 to £58,631 with potential to progress to £62,721 through discretionary performance awards.
23 Nov 2016
21 Dec 2016
Business Type
Brand / In-house
Contract Type

The Canterbury district has ambitious plans for its future. Incorporating a city recently named the "most vibrant" in England with its blend of ancient heritage, modern iconic buildings and four universities, two coastal towns and lovely rural villages, we are embarking on a journey to provide greater opportunities for people to live, work, thrive and prosper in our district.

Sitting at the heart of this drive, the council itself is transforming the way that we work in order to continue to deliver quality services in a challenging financial climate.

We now need a talented Head of Communications to play a key role in this journey.  The successful candidate will be the strategic lead for communications, playing a vital role in the delivery of our vision through highly effective marketing, press management and public relations activities. As the principal communications adviser, they will provide strategic leadership to senior management and councillors to promote, enhance and protect the council’s reputation in the changing world of local government.

They will lead an experienced and talented integrated marketing and communications team providing services to our broad range of internal business partners and external clients.   They will also be responsible for engaging and informing staff across multiple sites through a varied programme of internal communications.

If you think you’ve got the skills we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

Essential requirements:

  • Experience of strategic communications management – leading an experienced integrated marketing team within a dynamic and public-facing environment
  • Excellent communication skills and the personal presence to connect, negotiate with and influence a wide range of audiences
  • Strategic planning and demonstrated ability to deliver successful outcomes
  • In-depth knowledge, understanding and experience of communications and marketing theory and practice

Interviews for this role are expected to take place on the 14th and 19th December 2016.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Suzi Wakeham on 01227 862057 or email suzi.wakeham@canterbury.gov.uk.

Closing Date: Wednesday 07 December 2016

Interview Date: To be confirmed