Somerset County Council
A bit about us
We’re looking for a flexible self-starter with a proven track record in a wide range of communications disciplines, including public relations, marketing and engagement.
So, if you’re skilled at achieving marketing and engagement results, creating creative campaigns, liaising with media and stakeholders and really keen to make a difference to hundreds of children and young people with SEND (and their families), this could be the job for you.
The position is 37 hours per week, for 18 months (from start date), predominantly based at County Hall, Taunton – but with plenty of home working opportunities available. There will be some degree of colocation required between Somerset County Council and Somerset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), based in Yeovil, who both deliver SEND services in Somerset – and you’ll also be working closely with the Somerset Parent Carer Forum.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Key tasks will include developing and delivering the Somerset SEND communications strategy, helping to raise Somerset’s SEND profile, celebrate its great achievements, supporting its improvement journey and ensuring the voice of the child/young person is heard and listened to. You’ll also line manage a supporting SEND Communications Officer.
You will have a keen nose for a news angle and the ability to tell a compelling story through words, images, video or digital platforms. You’ll also be comfortable with providing strategic communications advice and supporting senior staff and councillors.
At Somerset County Council you’ll be joining an organisation that really values communications. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious and talented team player to make a real difference and help improve lives.
A few things about you
We’re looking for a Communications and Engagement Manager with demonstrable experience of delivering targeted, measurable, and evaluated campaigns, which include engagement and stakeholder management. In-depth knowledge of social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and emerging platforms) is vital as is a keen understanding of building on best practise and meeting organisational objectives. You will have a strategic, planned approach to communications – looking ahead to identify and then capitalise on opportunities, such as awareness days and key decisions
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.
The salary for this role is £34,728 – £38,890 per annum.
If you’d like to talk further about the role before applying, you can contact Rob Hart, Assistant Director – Inclusion on .
Job Reference: SCC02529