Programme Communications Officer - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £32,856 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17057
Role: Marketing and Communications
About the role

Programme Communications Officer

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £32,856 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Please note that this is a fixed term contract / secondment opportunity for a period of 12 months.

Digital Essex is an initiative run by Essex County Council,aimed at ensuring no individual or business is excluded from digital opportunities due to lack of high-speed and affordable broadband connections, equipment, or skills. We work with government departments, other Essex local councils, public sector organisations, and private sector partners to expand digital connectivity and inclusion across the Greater Essex area.

The Opportunity

As part of the Digital Essex team, reporting to the Communications Manager, the Programme Communications Officer will be responsible for producing and delivering communications related to our digital initiatives. This role involves engaging with key internal and external stakeholders, partners, and the public through various channels, including strategic documents, presentations, social media, newsletters, the programme's website, and press releases. The role also includes participation in face-to-face presentations and engagement events.


  • Working alongside the Communications Manager to develop strategic documents and presentations, effectively communicating the value of our initiatives.
  • Create and manage content for social media, newsletters, websites, and other communication channels, ensuring alignment with our digital strategy and brand guidelines.
  • Engage and interact with stakeholders, communicating the value of our initiatives and fostering strong relationships.
  • Develop and manage marketing campaigns and social media strategies, with a focus on paid advertising on LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Manage and respond to customer enquiries from members of the public and external stakeholders, ensuring timely and accurate communication.
  • Regular travel across Essex to attend and represent Digital Essex at various events, to interact face-to-face with members of the public and stakeholders. This will include some evening and weekend engagements.
  • Assist with governance activities such as project meetings, programme boards, and steering boards. Undertake routine administrative tasks to support the programme’s governance and operations.
  • Perform other ad hoc tasks related to communications, engagement, and project management as required to support the overall objectives of Digital Essex.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to diploma/degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional areas, particularly in communications and marketing.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at an intermediate level. An understanding of other relevant software applications such as image or video editing or mapping software is beneficial.
  • Competent user of social media channels (LinkedIn, Facebook) and scheduling platforms (e.g. Hootsuite). Experience in social media and website analytics.
  • Experience of working with brand guidelines when creating communications materials. Ability to work creatively and effectively, managing a range of complex situations and issues; highly organised with good attention to detail.
  • Proven experience in creating and managing paid advertising campaigns on LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Ability to travel across Essex to engage with stakeholders and attend events, including some evening and weekend work.
  • Understands how to plan events, including engaging stakeholders, organising venues, and liaising with attendees on the day.
  • Familiarity with project management principles and practices, with the ability to support project activities and governance.
  • Previous experience working with community groups, voluntary organisations, or in public sector roles, enhancing stakeholder engagement and outreach efforts is desirable.

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Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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