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Head of Communications 

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 3rd January 2022

Salary: £41,747 – £47,591

Grade: SEO

Contract Type: Permanent

Working pattern: Full-time

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Job Description

The post holder will report to the Head of Corporate services but with a large degree of autonomy, leading on all aspects of the Commission’s internal and external communications.

The role offers the opportunity to work on long term campaigns and shape their messaging from the outset. As the most senior communications professional in the organisation, you’ll be looked towards to provide advice and support across all levels of the Commission.

The Head of Communications will need to think about how to present complex legal information in a way that the public and politicians can understand and help us build consensus around our work.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Devising and implementing OASIS communications strategies and campaigns, working with legal teams, to raise awareness of our work and ensure it is positively received.
  • Drafting press releases, opinion editorials and quotes for the Commissioners and Chair, a Court of Appeal Judge.
  • Responding to media requests and shaping the media narrative around our work.
  • Producing forward looks and evaluation of media engagements.
  • Overseeing the intranet and external website to ensure content is written in plain English and gains maximum engagement.
  • Developing the Commission’s strategic engagement function to target and inform interested groups of our work and support our open public consultations.
  • Managing the Commission’s social media accounts and developing digital assets.
  • Supporting the Chief Executive and Head of Corporate Services in communicating change programmes.
  • Briefing and working with designers to ensure the production of high-quality publications.
  • Providing advice, support and management of events.
  • Line management: Line managing an EO who supports on all communications work but with a focus on diversity and inclusion

The person

Essential criteria:

    • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills, including the ability quickly to get up to speed with complex issues and draft clear and concise press releases and other supporting materials.
    • Experience of developing OASIS communications strategies and plans.
    • Ability to work autonomously and proactively under tight deadlines.
    • Experience of working in a press office and building relationships with the media.
    • Understanding of wider Government priorities, political and policy-making environments and how our reforms might be impacted.

Desirable criteria:

      • Experience of building relationships with external partners including Parliament, other Government departments, charities and industry.
      • Experience of using digital communications channels and production of supporting assets like basic infographics.
      • Experience of website content management systems and design.
      • Experience of events planning and management.
      • Internal communications experience.
      • Membership of the Government Communications Service, Chartered Institute of Marketing or Public Relations and Communications Association

Behaviours and communications competencies

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Technical Skills.

You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting the following behaviours and technicals when you apply.

Behaviours

      • Communicating and Influencing
      • Working Together

Technicals

For more information please view the Government Communication Professional Competency Framework

Communications – Insight: Core (Level 3)

      • SEO core skills: Work with policy colleagues in a timely way to examine and define policy issues to be supported. Commission additional research to gain insight into issues, where required. Develop measurable communication objectives to support the delivery of policy. Use segmentation and mapping techniques to identify target audiences and potential partners. Ensure strategies take into account their commendations and lessons learnt from evaluations of previous campaigns.

Communications – Ideas: Core (Level 3)

      • SEO core skills: Demonstrate flexible, creative thinking. Test and refine ideas to develop innovative solutions. Confirm segmentation to ensure audiences are targeted effectively. Design integrated communication strategies and examine ft with existing plans. Ensure the most appropriate and cost-effective channels mix and maximise the potential of digital channels. Develop plans, considering resources and budgets. Identify risks and plan mitigating Embed evaluation and tracking into communication strategies. Determine evaluation criteria and consider how to assess the impact of communication. Work with policy teams to produce quality submissions. Follow the agreed process, incorporating realistic timetables.

Communications – Implementation: Core (Level 3)

      • SEO core skills: Adhere to all aspects of approved submissions. Gather evidence to assess impact and effectiveness throughout the delivery of Demonstrate strong written communication skills. Provide advice and guidance to colleagues on writing clearly for target audiences. Ensure communication products are cost effective and delivered to a high quality, representing value for money. Ensure supplier relationships are cost effective.

 

If we receive a high volume of applications, an initial sift will be carried out on the lead behaviour Communicating and Influencing, together with the technical Communications – Ideas.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview

Eligibility

Staff on fixed term appointments must have been recruited through fair and open competition.

If your application is successful, you will receive a formal letter offering you an appointment that will explain your terms and conditions of service in detail. Your appointment will include a period of probation.

Suitable candidates who are not successful will be held on a reserve list for future posts; such posts may be available in the next 12 months and offered to suitable candidates on the reserve list.

Interviews

Interviews are expected in the week commencing 17 January 2022.

Further information

To find out more about the role and working at the Law Commission, please email Daniel Popescu Daniel.Popescu@lawcommission.gov.uk and Manesh Mistry Manesh.Mistry@lawcommission.gov.uk.

If you require any technical assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or email MOJ-Recruitment-Vetting-Enquiries@gov.sscl.com. Please quote the vacancy reference number 50742.

Closing Date: 03/01/2022, 23:55 hours

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Diversity statement

The Law Commission is an inclusive environment and we recognise that, in order for law reform to be both fair and representative, those undertaking the work should be from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible. We therefore particularly welcome applications from individuals with backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the law.

Wales

The Law Commission represents both England and Wales, so we are keen to encourage applications from Welsh speakers so as to help us maintain and develop our relationship with the people of Wales.