Senior Communications Officer

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Senior Communications Officer
Contract / Temporary

Salford 0008 14DE / 1

Posted: 9th November 2023 11:53
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £22.11 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Communications Officer

Reference no: Salford 0008 14DE / 1

Pay Rate: up to £22.11 per hour PAYE depending on experience

37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


Hybrid working

Lead the strategic proactive planning and delivery of communications and PR plans, including preparing, managing and evaluating plans to meet goals and objectives, working closely with other members of the Communications Team. Create and realise opportunities to enhance the council and city’s reputation with strategic stakeholders and their influencers. Advise and support colleagues, partners and elected members with strategic communications to key audiences and stakeholders, including the digital and print media and thought leaders. Support the development of digital audience communications based on understanding and targeting of audiences, including preparing news content for websites and e-bulletins. Monitor traditional and all forms of digital and social media to identify stories and commentary that is relevant to in order to engage journalists and external stakeholders

Manage media enquiries, handling them in a timely and accurate manner and ensuring appropriate approvals. Undertake data analysis, analytics, research and evaluation in support of the council’s overall communications business priorities and communications strategies

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead on the development and implementation of campaign planning, delivery and evaluation using intelligence to develop and evaluating at key milestones.
  • Provide performance data on activities.
  • Effectively deliver a multi skilled integrated approach, flexibly able to meet the demands of the service to the highest standard whilst leading designated portfolios.
  • Provide high quality strategic advice ensuring a people focussed outcome.
  • Continuously develop and improve systems and processes to provide an effective people and organisation focused service.
  • Manage relationships with partners and clients to deliver an exemplar service and maximise collaboration.
  • Effectively deliver behaviour change campaigns internally and externally to make maximum use of the council’s resources

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

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***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.


  • Up to date knowledge of communications and ability to shape the way the team works to improve practice
  • Understanding digital ways of working and sharing your skills with colleagues; being a ‘smart worker’; carrying out your role in the most efficient and effective way
  • A high level of understanding and practice in communications planning skills – able to agree and set objectives, target audiences, define messages and develop digitally-led approaches, ensuring evaluation is delivered.


  • Relevant experience in the respective role

Skills & Abilities:

  • Proven communications skills and ability to apply theory in a professional role with a record of accomplishment for delivering outcomes.
  • Integrated skills able to lead on digital communications, campaign planning and media as proficient in messaging through imagery, as with words.
  • Able to influence, to agree goals with colleagues and partners to develop effective collaborative approaches.
  • Able to take an intelligence-led approach and look for every opportunity to solve problems and improve.
  • Able to build strong collaborative relationships to maximise and harness resources to find creative and effective ways to improve.


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Job Ref: Salford 0008 14DE / 1
Senior Communications Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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