Senior Communications and Engagement Officer (Gosport Regeneration)

Job Description

Salary: Band 10, £40,220 to £44,428 per annum

Contract: Fixed term for two years

Hours: Full time (37 hours per week)

Closing date: Monday 15 April 2024, 8.00am.

Interview dates: Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 April 2024

Why come to live and work in Gosport or Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work. It is an island city with an inner city feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep. With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work. Just across the harbour, Gosport offers 24 miles of waterfront, safe panoramic beaches, an impressive naval heritage, plenty of watersports, and scenic countryside walks and historic trails.

The Service:

Our marketing and communications team provides a full marketing communications service, managing media relations, marketing, graphic design, and internal communications; we also deliver a range of support for partners, including Gosport Borough Council. Gosport has big ambitions to regenerate a range of sites including local shopping areas and heritage locations, boosted by £18m of levelling up funding.

The Role:

You will be responsible for the strategic coordination and delivery of communications and engagement work across Gosport Borough Council's major regeneration and economic development projects, ensuring residents and key stakeholders understand the ambitious plans for the borough and the benefits they will bring to local communities. You will be responsible for activity around key projects, including the regeneration of Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport's waterfront and the Criterion and work to support local businesses and reinvigorate the High Street.

Please read the job profile for the full details of this role. 

What you'll need to succeed:

We are looking for an excellent all-round communications and engagement professional with the skills and experience, but also the drive and enthusiasm, to successfully lead on communications and engagement for our high-profile projects. You will need to have substantial experience in a communications, engagement, or PR role, proven experience of leading communications for an organisation or major project, strong copywriting skills, a keen eye for media management and experience co-ordinating and delivering face-to-face engagement and events.

Please read the job profile for the full details of this role. 

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.

What you'll get in return:

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave.
  • A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
  • Flexible working hours including hybrid working of up to three days a week, depending on the needs of the service.
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
  • Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
  • Discounts on a wide range of goods and services - access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more.

Staff rewards:  https://careers.portsmouth.gov.uk/working-for-the-council/

Additional Information:

The full job profile is attached here .

Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:

Julie Knight, Communications Manager,  Julie.Knight@portsmouthcc.gov.uk , 023 92 834 116.

A commitment to our values:

We are committed to our values of respect, integrity, collaboration, inclusivity and being people-focussed. These values set out how we can contribute to the success of the council and our own success as individuals.  Learn more about our values and behaviours .

Application process:

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society.

Remember to demonstrate why you are suitable against each of the points described in the 'Who is the Person' points on the Job Profile using examples from your experience or transferable skills. This might be through qualifications or descriptive examples from your work / personal experience, which clearly illustrates what you did and the effect it had. 

Please ensure you provide your full education history from secondary school, include name/address of establishment, details of relevant qualifications & awarding body. 

Please explain any gaps.

You may wish to attach an additional letter or document to supplement your application.

We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact  recruit@portsmouthcc.gov.uk .