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Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Crown Prosecution Service
Closing date: 1 December 2020
Salary: £39,747 – £44,854. £38,171 – £42,745 (National) + £3,150 RRA (London)
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is looking for a motivated individual to join the HQ Communications Directorate as a Senior Strategic Communications Advisor.
This is a vibrant and supportive team, who work collaboratively to help the organisation communicate internally and to explain and promote the work of the CPS to the public through external channels.
The CPS prosecutes crime – dealing with human trafficking, terrorism, fraud and much more. Our 6,000 employees are based across England and Wales, working to protect the public by prosecuting the right people for the right offences.
Our multi-skilled communications team sits at the heart of the organisation – and no two days are ever the same.
As a Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, you will provide strategic communications advice to senior colleagues across the CPS, and work with teams across the business to devise and implement integrated communications strategies to support business objectives, and the delivery of our 2025 strategy.
You will manage team members, key internal and external communications projects and channels, oversee the management of events and staff recognition programmes; manage strategic communications planning; and provide expert advice on branding and design.
In this role, you’ll be able to use the full range of your skills – and we’ll help you learn new ones. We can offer career development, both through our own training and development, and through the Government Communication Service. The job is demanding but extremely rewarding.
The primary function of the Communications team is to help the organisation communicate internally and to explain and promote the work of the CPS to the public through external channels.
This role provides strategic communications advice to senior staff across the CPS and works with colleagues to devise and implement integrated communications strategies to support business objectives.
The post holder manages key communications projects and channels; plans and coordinates communications activity to maximise opportunities and minimise risk; and provides expert advice on branding and design.
You’ll be able to use the full range of your skills – and we’ll help you learn new ones. We can offer career development, both through our own training and development, and through the Government Communication Service. The job is demanding but extremely rewarding.
If you have strong communication skills and a passion for criminal justice, you could be a real asset to our team.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, your interview may also be conducted via Video/Telephone. Where possible interviews will be conducted face to face, however until restrictions are lifted we will be utilising video technology in order to allow interviews to continue. If your interview will be taking place via video, a member of our recruitment team will be in touch with further guidance.
Please note that Currently all of the team are working remotely, however the team is based at our London HQ, therefore regular travel to this location will be required.
If you have any queries about this please contact the CPS Recruitment Team at Strategic.Resourcing@cps.gov.uk.
For further information on how to apply, please see the Candidate Pack at the bottom of this page.
The CPS has designed a specific Management Development Programme to support all new and experienced managers in developing the skills, behaviour and knowledge to build their confidence and capability. We strongly recommend that all new managers undertake the Developing Manager Programme, which has the added benefit of a Chartered Management Institute accredited Level 3 qualification in Principles of Management and Leadership.
Please note excess fares will not apply.
Working for the Crown Prosecution Service you will also gain access to a range of learning and development activities, including through Civil Service Learning and an individual learning account in addition to any central and local development opportunities and requirements.
This is a full-time post. However, requests for flexible, part-time working and job share will be considered, considering at all times the operational needs of the Department
Provide strategic communications advice across the CPS, identifying opportunities and risks in planned activity and working with colleagues to ensure communications support the delivery of business objectives.
Develop and ensure the implementation of integrated communications strategies which support the delivery of the organisation’s priorities through informing, engaging and influencing staff, influencing stakeholder opinion and supporting appropriate media and online activity.
Lead virtual communications teams – drawing on expertise from across the business; thinking creatively about opportunities to maximise impact; and ensuring that planned communications activity is implemented.
Evaluate communications activity; keep all relevant channels, initiatives and events under review; and propose and implement improvements where appropriate.
Manage the strategic communications planning process – liaising with colleagues across Communications Directorate and policy and delivery teams to coordinate and schedule communications activity.
Take ownership of personal development and be actively involved in GCS networks and recruitment activities as required.
Effectively manage and develop team members to deliver high quality communications and ensure the smooth running of communications channels and administrative duties. Responsibilities are shared between posts, so not all will be included in each role at any one time.
Full job description available upon job offer or if requested.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Seeing the Big Picture
Delivering at Pace.
To apply for this job please visit www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk.