Programme Communications Officer – Temporary

Programme Communications Officer

Please note this is a remote working, temporary position and you maybe required to travel to events within Essex. Candidates must have previous communications experience.

Job Purpose

The Essex Climate Action Commission is an independent body which was set up to advise Essex about tackling climate change.

The Commission has over 30 members. They include a Lord, local councillors, academics, business people and 2 members of the Young Essex Assembly .

The Commission is working with other Essex local councils and public sector organisations as well as with individuals, businesses and schools to identify ways where we can mitigate the effects of climate change, improve air quality, reduce waste across Essex and increase the amount of green infrastructure and biodiversity across the Greater Essex geography.

Working as part of the Commission communications team and reporting to the Commission’s Communications Manager, the postholder will support the production and delivery of climate change-related communications to key internal and external stakeholders, partners and the public using a variety of channels including press releases, emails, newsletters, the Commission’s website and social media, as well as face-to face presentations and engagement events. The postholder will play a key role in supporting the management of responses to customer enquiries received by the Commission from members of the public and external stakeholders.

The postholder may also be required to undertake routine tasks to support the Commission’s governance activities such as Commission meetings, programme boards and steering boards and administrative tasks as required.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Support the Programme Communications Officer in the preparation of content for a range of newsletters.
Undertake market research to support the Commission’s campaigns and maintaining contact and other databases relating to climate action.
Prepare PowerPoint presentations to deliver to key target audiences.
Support and attend virtual events (including some evening and weekend working) and engage face-to-face or online with members of the public and stakeholders.
Support the drafting of articles and press releases to help raise awareness of the Commission and the benefits of climate change action.
Attend and take minutes at meetings when required.
Assist the Programme Communications Officer with writing Council Member and MP enquiry responses, social media content plans and arrangements for PR activity.
Support the development of written and filmed case studies of Commissioners and stakeholders on climate change related matters.
Help to develop the Commission’s presence on social media by identifying potential content – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In.
Any other duties as required by the Communications Manager to support the delivery of communications.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Advanced skills in written and in person communication. Confident in engaging with a broad variety of stakeholders at different levels via a range of channels.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint knowledge. An understanding of other relevant software applications such as image or video editing, mapping or profiling software.
Experience of design software such as Adobe Creative Suite programmes.
Competent user of social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn). Experience of using social media management platforms such as Hootsuite and experience of website editing using a content management system would be a bonus.
Ability to work creatively and effectively and including the ability to design and manage a range of situations and issues; very organised with good attention to detail.
Educated to diploma/degree level or equivalent by experience and evidence of continuous professional development.
An interest in and knowledge of climate change and related environmental issues.
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeable future. However, if / when government guidelines change the role may then revert to being office based, whilst retaining some flexible working options.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please email candidate.care@essex.gov.uk.

Company NameEssex County Council
Advert ReferenceREQ ID: 2776
Job TypeFull Time
Number of Positions Available1
Town/CityEssex
CountyEssex
Closing Date22/10/2021
Salary From£15.38
Hourly Rate From15.38
Website Link / Email address to Applyhttps://www.workingforessex.com/apply/programme-communications-officer-2776/
Sector(s)Marketing, Advertising and PR

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