Advertisement
Advertisement

Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement

The Police Service of Northern Ireland

Belfast

  • Salary:

    As per scale

  • Job Type:

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Added:

    28/05/2024

  • Closing:

    17/06/2024

Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement

Description of the position:

The Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement is responsible for overseeing and driving the internal and external communications service provision for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The role holder will be responsible for developing and delivering an integrated Strategic Communications and Engagement Strategy, which innovatively supports policing priorities and strategic objectives. The role holder will also provide professional media support and advice to the Chief Constable and members of the Service Executive Team.

Salary: £75,464 - £84,674

Start date: 28 May 2024

Closing date: 17 June 2024

Location: Greater Belfast

Experience and qualifications

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area or full membership of a relevant membership body, for example, Chartered Institute of Public Relations; and
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a senior role directly overseeing or supporting the Communications function in a complex and challenging, large* organisation.

OR

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a senior role directly overseeing or supporting the Communications function in a complex and challenging, large* organisation.

*’Large’ is defined as an organisation with more than 300 employees

  • Evidence of strategy development skills demonstrated through the formulation and delivery of effective communication strategies, procedures and systems.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to clearly communicate complex information in written and oral briefings.
  • Demonstrable professional credibility in providing specialist communications and engagement advice to senior management regarding complex and high organisational impact issues.
  • Experience of collaborative working at a senior level, both within a large organisation and externally on high profile issues.
  • Proven track record of strong leadership, evidenced through leading and motivating a diverse team of communications and engagement professionals to achieve high standards of performance and successful outcomes

Other:

  • IT literate specifically in the use of the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and MS Outlook).
  • Applicants must have a valid driving licence and a car available for official business use, or access to a form of personal transport that will enable you to meet the requirements of the post in full.

Desirable:

Experience:

  • Previous experience at a Director level with responsibility for organisational communication and engagement.

Short listing will be carried out based on essential criteria. Please note in some instances, for example, where there is a high volume of applicants, desirable criteria may be assessed

Main Activities

The main duties and responsibilities associated with the role include the following

  • Developing and driving the implementation of the Strategic Communications and Engagement Strategy and Annual Business Plan.
  • Supporting senior executive management in identifying and maintaining their relationships with key partners.
  • Increasing the organisation’s capacity and capability to manage strategic risks with due regard to the views of all stakeholders.
  • Liaising directly with the Chief Constable, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Constable to ensure that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is appropriately positioned to inform and influence the direction of policing and public service reform.
  • Ensuring appropriate engagement with senior levels of other public bodies (including government, political advisors, National Policing Bodies and academics) to inform their understanding of policing and the broader criminal justice and community safety context.
  • Understanding the implications of emerging strategic issues to identify, create and implement effective communications for dialogue with key partners.

Public Affairs

  • Developing strategic responses, position papers and speeches for the Chief Constable, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Constable
  • Preparing briefing papers and reports for the Senior Executive Team on a range of complex Public Affairs issues; providing accurate and current analysis.
  • Supporting appropriate and effective political engagement at all levels.

Digital Communications

  • Developing and embedding the implementation of an innovative and creative corporate digital communications strategy
  • Drawing on best practice to continuously improve the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s digital presence.
  • Leading on strategic planning and production of all digital products to deliver integrated communication which is digital by default.
  • Inspiring a team of digital specialists to design and deliver fast-time communication outputs that maximize internal and external engagement opportunities
  • Acting as a best practice standard setter for digital professionalism within policing.

External Communications

  • Ensuring that the Media function provides agile and 24 hour communication responses that reflect corporate messaging on strategic issues.
  • Developing compelling strategic narratives that:

- ensure that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is effectively represented to external audiences.
- contribute to public confidence.
- reduce the fear of crime.- inform the public about the work of the Police Service of Northern Ireland within the context of criminal justice.

  • Identifying communications synergies between partner organisations to create operational efficiency and value for money.
  • Overseeing the organisation’s engagement with senior media leaders on critical issues within policing (Editors, Senior Managers and other key personnel)

Internal Communications

  • Developing and implementing an effective internal communications strategy to ensure appropriate, accurate and fit-for-purpose messaging via a range of mediums.
  • Supporting senior colleagues to plan and implement the service’s strategic and tactical communication needs.
  • Ensuring that the Police Service of Northern Ireland intranet site is recognised internally as reliable and informative.

Budget & Resources

  • The Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement has responsibility for the management of the overall communications budget ensuring that all financial targets are met. The role holder has authority to influence spend and must comply with government accounting rules, including the preparation of business cases and driving value for money.
  • The Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement has full autonomy for ensuring that all resources (human and financial) are appropriately directed to meet operational demand and to achieve departmental objectives and targets.

This Job Description reflects the main duties and responsibilities associated with this position. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.

For further information and to submit your application, click APPLY NOW.

Share job with friends

Save Search

Your search has been saved to and can be managed from your dashboard

Email Alerts

get alerts

Receive new jobs like this by email

Matching this job role: Director

The Police Service of Northern Ireland

View Employer Profile

Job Ref: HRDSCE15/24

Email this Job

Enter the email address you wish to email this job to.

Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement

  • Belfast
  • Salary: As per scale
  • Closing: 17/06/2024

Didn't have time to apply?

Why not save this job or send it to yourself as a reminder for next time?