We’re recruiting for a Media and Communications Manager to join Reading Borough Council’s Corporate Communications Team. The Council has a wealth of exciting plans – from increasing the Borough’s recycling rate to 50% and delivering a carbon neutral Reading by 2030, to investing £30m in new leisure facilities, refurbishing our parks, playgrounds, hubs and libraries, and celebrating the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey.
About the role
The success of these projects depends on our communication and engagement with residents and partners – and that’s where you come in. You’ll be briefing the media, promoting events and campaigns on social media and developing marketing materials including adverts, leaflets and vehicle livery. If you are a media and communications professional with a range of experience, an interest in local issues and a hands-on approach then we want to hear from you. You may not be an expert in every area, but your strong background in communications means you’ll be able to turn your hand to a range of activities and learn new ones with a bit of support.
- Significant experience working in a communications environment involving media, social media and marketing. A professional qualification in media, public relations, digital marketing or social media would be an advantage.
- Experience of producing and commissioning high quality content and communication materials such as photos, film, press releases, social media posts, adverts or brochures.
- Experience of graphic design and layout using graphic design packages is desirable but not essential.
- Awareness of the importance of brand purpose and identity.
- Results oriented and willing to take the lead to drive forward communication campaigns.
- Takes initiative and works independently to make decisions, solve problems and manage projects.
- Great interpersonal skills and ability to forge good working relationships with colleagues at all levels of the organisation and with external partners.
- Sound judgement and ability to operate in a political environment.
- An interest in the local (and national) issues that matter to people in Reading.
- Willing to work outside of normal hours (for which an allowance is paid) including attending evening council meetings and holding the out of hours media phone / social media monitoring on a rota basis.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
- 'Your Reading Passport' scheme - competitive rates for local gyms
- Eye care - help towards an eye test and glasses, if you use a computer at work
For more information on this position please contact Niki.Barton@reading.gov.ukInterview Date: Week commencing 25th November 2019Please note that these dates are indicative at this stage and may be subject to change
Closing date: 18th November 2019