Job Title: Strategic Communications Lead
Salary: £48,997 to £60,115 plus an allowance of £1,639. You will receive £48,997 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £60,115 will be via incremental progression
Location: Remote/home working with travel into London and beyond as required.
Contract: 12 month fixed term contract – potential for extension
POLICE PLAN OF ACTION ON INCLUSION AND RACE
Police leaders have committed to a plan of action to build a more inclusive police service, and address negative disparities for Black people interacting with, or working in, policing in England and Wales.
On the basis of evidenced negative disparities and historically lower rates of trust and confidence in policing, the immediate focus will be on the experiences and concerns of Black people.
The Police Plan of Action on Inclusion and Race is being led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing, with partners from across policing, including Police and Crime Commissioners and staff associations. A supporting programme will run for at least two years to deliver the plan of action.
We are seeking a highly strategic communications leader to lead and be accountable for the communication of this ambitious plan of action.
This role is a unique opportunity to contribute to a programme of change that will address long-standing challenges in the relationship between the police and Black people in the UK with communication central to achieving the programme’s aims.
The programme aims to build confidence in the police where it is currently lowest and the Communications Lead will play a pivotal role in championing audience specific, insight-led communications and developing strategic communications that build confidence.
The Communications Lead will develop and deliver a communications strategy to:
build active engagement in the programme of change from a wide range of stakeholders;
communicate progress and meaningful change – prioritising Black people and other people of colour and addressing their concerns about policing;
design or commission strategic communication that deliver specific outcomes with the plan of action.
This role will deal with complex, sensitive and high profile issues at a strategic level and include hands-on delivery in as well as management of overall delivery.
You will manage a stakeholder engagement manager and will draw on resources from the both the NPCC and College of Policing communication teams as well commissioning and managing suppliers.
You’ll have a strong track record of managing, developing and delivering successful and innovative communications, campaigns and digital content.
You’ll have an interest in and understanding of race and inclusion issues and be motivated by contributing to the aims of the programme and bringing about positive change.
Highly developed strategy skills are essential with an ability to shape communications strategy on complex and sensitive issues and find creative solutions to communications challenges.
You’ll also be a skilled communicator and presenter, including at board level, with an ability to project manage from start to finish, managing multiple complex communications deliverables and delivering to tight deadlines.
NATIONAL POLICE CHIEFS’ COUNCIL
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) enables independent chief constables and their forces to work together to improve policing for the public. We coordinate the operational response across the service to the threats we face in the UK, such as terrorism, organised crime and national emergencies. Working with the College of Policing, we implement standards and develop national approaches to a range of issues.
COLLEGE OF POLICING
We are the professional body for the police service in England and Wales. Working together with everyone in policing, we share the skills and knowledge officers and staff need to prevent crime and keep people safe. We set the standards in policing to build and preserve public trust and we help those in policing develop the expertise needed to meet the demands of today and prepare for the challenges of the future.
To apply, please visit our website. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement (no more than 1000 words) and online application form. Your CV and Personal Statement should outline how you meet the person specification set out in the role profile e.g. Experience, Knowledge and Skills (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).
Completed applications must be submitted by 16th June 2021.
Please note that applicants who are members of the European Economic Area (EEA) are required to apply for settled or pre-settled status. If this is relevant to you and you have not yet applied to the EUSS, please take the time to do so before the deadline on 30th June 2021 at
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Essential For The Role, e.g. qualifications, licenses, languages, training
A degree, or demonstrable equivalent experience, and membership of a relevant professional body.
A strong track record of managing, developing and delivering successful and innovative communications, campaigns and digital content.
Extensive experience of using a variety of communication methods and channels and ability to provide advice on most appropriate channels dependant on context and audience insight.
Line management experience.
Interest in and understanding of race and inclusion issues.
Excellent news and political acumen and deep understanding of the range of media.
Good understanding of the principles and practicalities of effective stakeholder engagement.
Knowledge of communication disciplines – existing and emerging – and their application and how they operate together, including knowledge of current practices, tools and techniques.
Skills and attributes
Highly developed strategy skills with an ability to shape communications strategy on complex and sensitive issues and find creative solutions to communications challenges.
Confident in gathering, commissioning and using audience insight, data and analysis to shape strategies, and in evaluating communication including defining evaluation measures and methods.
Proven ability to project manage from start to finish, managing multiple complex communications deliverables and delivering to tight deadlines.
Strong organisational skills with the ability to deal with fast-moving conflicting demands, changing priorities and a heavy workload with a willingness to work flexibly.
Is motivated by contributing to the aims of the programme and bringing about positive change.
Has an empathetic and respectful approach to understanding the context, culture and history related to the programme.
Excellent interpersonal skills. Highly adept at influencing, problem solving and providing constructive challenge at senior level.
High level analytical and reasoning skills. Ability to think strategically, evaluate complex, nuanced information and issues, take account of the bigger picture, understand linkages and interdependencies, and taking a logical and structured approach to problem solving.
Highly developed communication skills and ability to write for a range of audiences and channels.
Confident presenter, making recommendations and giving strategic advice including at board level.
A strong ethos of professional development and active engagement through professional groups and/or self-driven training.
Accomplished IT user
Knowledge of the structure of UK policing and government
Experience in campaigns and stakeholder engagement.
Experience of delivering campaigns or communications for a change programme
Job Type: Permanent
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