Media and Communications Manager

Reading, United Kingdom


Up to £38,000

11th March


You’ve got outstanding communication skills, sharp news sense, excellent judgement, and you’re politically aware…

You love getting stuck in with your local community and taking part in initiatives to engage schools, families, business owners and more…

You’re a media-savvy who loves the fast-paced, dynamic industry of communications.

Sounds like you?

This Media and Communications Manager role within your local council will be just your cup of tea.

Your responsibilities

  • Look after external communications strategies, campaigns, projects and events to keep stakeholders engaged with the policies of the Council
  • Build relationships with local, regional and national media to influence, engage and/or change the behaviour of staff, local people and other key audiences
  • Provide communications guidance to the Council, identifying key messages, audiences and outcomes, recommending the best approaches, tools and channels
  • Ensure all communications work is properly evaluated and reported
  • Oversee the development of engaging content like photography, audio and video and ensure these are utilised well within campaign delivery
  • Take responsibility for one or more communications channels (e.g. intranet, website, social media, newsletters, etc) and own the content and engagement strategy
  • Maintain a 24/7 media operation to handle press enquiries, providing advice and support in times of crisis or emergency
  • Maintain campaigns expenditure to ensure a measurable ROI.

Day to day, you’d report to the Strategic Communications Manager and work closely with the Media Relations Manager and the wider marketing team.

This role is ideal for you if you like speaking to and building connections with a wide range of different people.

The requirements:

  • Evidence of advanced training and development in areas such as media relations, campaign planning and digital communications
  • Experience devising successful communications campaigns that deliver ROI
  • Track record of developing and delivering communications channels and approaches in areas such as digital engagement, social marketing, staff engagement, and behaviour change
  • Applied understanding of the full range of modern communications channels and techniques and how they can be evaluated
  • Excellent written communication skills to ensure appropriate content, messaging, tone and consistency in communications.

The benefits:

  • 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
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
  • Employee Assistance Programme - round-the-clock access to free, impartial and completely confidential support and advice from trained therapists and legal experts
  • Onsite day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Cycle salary sacrifice scheme
  • 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
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement
  • Shopping vouchers and money off deals
  • Staff Club - organises events such as pub quizzes and theatre trips
  • Eye care - help towards an eye test and glasses, if you use a computer at work
  • Relocation scheme offering up to £8,000 towards the cost of relocating permanently to Reading (only for approved posts)

If you like the sound of this role but would like some more info before applying, give Meg a shout (details on the right-hand side of this page).

Or, just hit the apply button with your CV and Meg will get in touch.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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For more information about this role, reach out to Meg

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