Temporary Media & Communications Advisor – Resources

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Temporary Media & Communications Advisor – Resources
Contract / Temporary

Lewisham 0006 7D5B / 1

Posted: 16th September 2022 15:34
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  • Pay Rate:

    £25.02 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months

  • CATFORD, London,

    SE6 4RU

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Temporary Media & Communications Advisor – Resources

Job Reference: Lewisham 0006 7D5B / 1

Pay Rate: £25.02 per hour PAYE (plus 34 days holiday)

This is a Hybrid role

To provide day-to-day communications support, planning and advice for the Council, providing high quality advice and work hands-on to deliver wrap-around support.

To develop, implement and evaluate integrated communications and marketing campaigns that promote Lewisham Council’s services, events and policies.

To answer media enquiries that come into the Council in a timely fashion and to effectively use the media to promote Lewisham Council’s services, policies and objectives.

  • Develop communication strategies and plans for the Council and account manage a specific directorate/s and the services within it
  • To be responsive to news and policy developments that impact the Council, its services and local communities
  • To develop and implement insight led communications
  • Take part in the press office rota, responding to a range of reactive media and social media effectively and to tight deadlines
  • Take part in the 24 hour on-call out of hours press office rota, delivering emergency communications support when needed, some out of office work may be required
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with a range of journalists and media stakeholders
  • To provide strategic communications advice to lead members and officers
  • Work effectively with a range of Communications colleagues within the team to ensure communications are maximised on all Council channels
  • To proactively look for new stakeholders with which to establish and develop effective working arrangements


Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  1. Educated to degree level or relevant experience
  2. Experience:
    1. Experience of developing communication strategies and campaign plans
    2. Experience delivering digital communications across a variety of channels and creating content that cuts through
    3. Experience working with design agencies or designers to create marketing collateral and campaign materials
    4. Experience of providing communications advice to senior managers and politicians
    5. Experience in communications roles in a complex organisations, ideally in government
    6. Demonstrable experience of media relations, including managing negative or crisis situations
    7. Experience of working across a wide range of relevant communications channels, ideally in a public sector environment
  3. Knowledge, Aptitude and Skills:
    1. Knowledge and understanding of local government – how it works and the major challenges it faces
    2. A highly effective communicator – able to speak confidently, persuasively and articulately and to write clearly and effectively for a range of audiences on a range of issues
    3. Ability to identify and manage threats to the reputation of the authority
    4. An understanding of the needs and challenges presented by diverse communities
    5. Excellent interpersonal skills to motivate colleagues to achieve change and improve services
    6. Ability to work collaboratively with key individuals across an organisation and to develop effective partnerships with external partners
    7. Ability to work independently and act calmly and effectively under pressure and to deadlines
  4. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite)


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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.

Other Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Temporary Media & Communications Advisor – Resources
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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