Strategic Communications Officers IO job in London at Department For Environment Food And Rural Affairs

Strategic Communications Officers IO

Company: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Location: London UK

Date Posted:Feb 19, 2018

Everyone is affected by the work that Defra does. We deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. This is an exciting period to work in Defra. We have a significant international and European agenda, with as much as 80% of our work impacting across borders. And, further to the vote to leave the EU, we will need to communicate with all of Defra’s sectors and stakeholders, along with the wider public, to shape plans that will deliver genuine and lasting change for food, farming, fishing and the environment once we are outside the EU. We are looking for two Information Officers to join the Defra Strategic Communications team: • Post 1 - Environmental campaigns • Post 2 - Animal welfare/plant health policy with a focus on the impact of EU exit These are critical roles which will involve planning and managing the delivery of communications and campaign activity around two priority areas any primary and secondary legislation. Our team is ambitious about what communications can achieve and believe in its power to challenge perceptions, change behaviour, build partnerships and make a social and economic difference. The Strategic Communications team in Defra sits at the heart of the wider Communications Group, working closely with communication leads in our main arms length bodies plus press, internal and digital teams to drive and deliver the department’s key priorities. By joining the team you would have exposure to the full communications mix: the opportunity to work closely with policy teams, other government departments and a range of external partners to find new and fresh ways of reaching target audiences. The successful candidates will have a track record in delivering effective communications, will show a strong strategic ability, an appetite for knotty problems and a belief in the difference effective communications can make. Experience in campaigns, strategic communications, media relations or other communications roles would be directly relevant to these posts. In these roles you will:• Plan and manage the delivery of our communications priorities across your portfolio. Procure and help design compelling communications plans and campaigns. • Build key relationships across the organisation (including policy teams, Ministers’ private offices, press office and communications contacts across the Defra group and in other government departments). • Be effective at working through others and building virtual teams internally and partnerships externally. • Translate business objectives into communications objectives and generate ideas and plans to meet them. • Identify and build audiences, gather insight and deliver engagement. • Spot opportunities to advance our communications objectives and identify and manage risks. Personal qualities and skills required:• First class influencing and relationship-building ability. • A passion for delivering communication strategies and campaigns. • Experience of working on campaigns or delivering strategic communications. • Excellent planning, management and organisational ability. • Experience of effectively working with and advising senior leaders • The ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines and carry others with them under such circumstances. • Strong analytical skills, plus excellent written and oral communications skills reflecting the need to explain complex policy areas to non-specialist audiences in a clear and engaging way. View full job description
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