About Barnet Council
Innovation, ambition and a drive to deliver for residents underpin our successes in Barnet. We are proud of our ability to do things differently and can point to impressive results in tackling some of local government’s most challenging areas such as housing and adult social care, using a fresh approach.
With a new Leader of the Council and an ambitious five-year plan, it’s an exciting time for Barnet. Based in our brand-new Council offices in Colindale, this role will be integral in communicating how we are delivering for residents across the whole range of local government services.
The Strategic Communications and Campaigns team serves as an in-house agency that supports the Council through creating and delivering evidence-based campaigns and strategic communications in priority areas. From providing communications advice to planning and executing high-profile campaigns, as well as producing the Council’s quarterly magazine and ensuring our digital channels are on point, the team plays a crucial role in effectively with residents, workers and businesses based in the borough. As a UNICEF partner, there is also an exciting agenda on transforming how we communicate and engage with Children and Young People.
The role will lead strategic communications activity for a designated portfolio of council business, becoming the subject matter expert and providing effective account management to a range of stakeholders. The portfolios cover Corporate and Communities (customer transformation, corporate strategy, finance, community cohesion, anti-social behaviour). This role will work closely with delivery units and partners to create, implement and evaluate a range of high-profile, evidence-based communication projects and campaigns.
We are looking for an experienced in-house communications and campaigns manager with a strong public sector background or in roles with a political dimension. The ideal candidate will have proven experience of devising and implementing B2C and/or B2B cross-channel campaigns. Experience of managing corporate communications and/or community cohesion campaigns is desirable but not essential. The candidate will be an accomplished communicator with all-round skills to influence stakeholders and manage senior internal clients.
The role is for four days a week and would suit a candidate looking for a part-time role.
The Communications and Campaigns Manager will be expected to:
- Lead on the creation, delivery and evaluation of evidenced based communication projects and campaigns in priority areas of council business
- Develop engaging content for a wide variety of channels including print material and digital channels
- Manage relationships with senior officers and elected members in designated portfolio, becoming area experts
- Provide professional guidance and advice on communication approaches to colleagues in designated portfolio
- Develop a comprehensive forward plan for designated portfolio, which is fed in to the single communications forward plan
- Deliver effective account management to designated portfolio, ensuring priority work aligns to the wider communications strategy
- Lead on production of core communication channels, such as council magazine, e-newsletters, etc
- Implement systems, tools and processes to ensure effective running of the service, and consistently high quality
- Undertake robust financial management of budgets, recharges, and other related tasks
Qualifications, skills and competencies
- You must have 5+ years of proven experience of managing communications and campaigns roles in the public sector or in a political field, ideally within local government
- Have demonstrable proof of exceptional communication skills from pin-sharp writing through to seamless campaign planning and execution
- Show excellent stakeholder and account management skills, able to work with and influence senior management and local government politicians
If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.