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Communications Officers (Maternity Cover)

Salary details: £21589 - £25295

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Dorset Council
Occupational group
Media, Marketing & Design
Salary details
£21,589 - £25,295
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
Will Bradbury
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 838079
Closing Date
27 May 2019 11:30 PM
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Communications Officer (x 2 Maternity cover vacancies)

37 hours per week


Salary is subject to Job Evaluation


We're on an exciting journey with the brand new Dorset Council, covering a wide range of services in some of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Communicating with our residents, partners and stakeholders is as important as ever as we continue to shape the work of the council.

You'll be working in a busy team of communicators, designers and engagement experts across Dorset.  Each day presents a variety of challenges and opportunities for you and the team to use creative communications to promote and enhance our Dorset Council brand.

What you will be doing

You will be working as an 'account manager' within the Communications Team.  You'll be working collaboratively with heads of service, service managers and councillors to: plan future communications activity; protect and enhance the reputation of the service and council; and more.

We won't 'pigeonhole' you.  We'll help to develop your knowledge of the area, the council and local government in general.  We will support you to keep on top of your game with continual learning, development and training.

About you

You will be a creative communicator who can help us to engage with our audiences.  You will have an understanding of how to deliver campaigns to people through engaging social media, powerful video and compelling writing for a range of channels.

You will have good insight for a story and use multiple methods to be able to tell that story directly to audiences through a range of channels.  You will also be able to support, challenge and advise our services on great communications.

If you have experience in a busy communications or public relations role, we want to hear from you.  Ideally, your experience will be backed up by a senior professional qualification, such as a relevant degree, NCTJ NCE, CIPR or CIM diploma.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council have been replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together.

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

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Closing date: 27 May 2019

Interview date: 05 June 2019