Senior Communications Officer – Public Affairs
  • Employer: Electoral Commission, The
  • Reference: COM/MED/11
  • Published: Fri 12/02/2021, 11:00 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 10/03/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week, excluding breaks
  • Salary: £41,181
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London, Corporation of London

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Senior Communications Officer – Public Affairs

Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)

Starting salary £41,181

Full time, London

Are you interested in bringing your public affairs and influencing skills to an organisation that plays a vital role in the democratic process?

The successful candidate

We are looking for a proactive and skilled public affairs and communications professional to help raise our profile and deliver a high quality public affairs service for the Electoral Commission.

You will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, on your own initiative, as well as part of a collaborative and dynamic team. You will have excellent knowledge of Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved legislatures; experience of distilling complex information into digestible briefings; and excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You will be an engaging and persuasive communicator, with experience of contributing to communication campaigns.

The role

As a member of our public affairs team, you will work closely with our public affairs manager, the wider external communications team and our policy team to brief and prepare senior colleagues for select committee appearances, meetings with parliamentarians and on upcoming legislation. You will be responsible for keeping stakeholders up to date on fast moving issues, responding to parliamentary business to ensure that stakeholders understand the work of the Commission and the value it brings.

The Commission makes and advocates for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency. We want to see improvements made to voter registration, the rules governing digital campaigning, electoral fraud prevention, and the accessibility of elections. You will join the team making the case for these vital changes to the political and electoral systems.

Working at the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.

We offer excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependant on scheme rules). If you are interested in applying for this role please visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/jobs to download the job description before applying online.

Please note that we use flexible job descriptions for roles in our external communications team, which work across both public affairs and press roles. You should refer to this job advert for details of the specific activities and responsibilities connected to this post.

The closing date for applications is noon, Wednesday 10 March. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 March.

We would like to continuously increase the diversity of our employees. Applications from B.A.M.E. candidates are particularly welcomed.

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