Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement

Staffordshire Police Headquarters
Grade L
Full Time
Fixed Term
Up to 12 months

Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement (maternity cover)
£74,283 - £84,651

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement to lead the joint corporate communications and engagement department at Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for up to 12 months to cover maternity leave.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing communications, engagement and brand strategies for Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring they are aligned with the vision and strategic priorities of both organisations to promote awareness, understanding and engagement amongst key stakeholders to achieve measurable outcomes in support of the strategic objectives and operational priorities.

Working closely with the two organisation’s chief officers and senior leadership teams, you will influence and develop the future strategic direction, and culture of, both organisations, particularly in relation to staff, public and stakeholder engagement.

As an established senior leader in communications who has previous experience of managing change and transformation and driving innovation, you will lead a multidisciplinary team that delivers communications outputs that play pivotal role in maintaining and building trust and public confidence. 

You will have a developed political awareness and sensitivity, and understanding of the issues facing policing and wider public services in the current and future climate. 

Your previous experience will include leading organisations through major crisis or high-profile reputational issues and you will be able to effectively build relationships with internal and external stakeholders to protect and raise the profile of both organisations locally and nationally.

Staffordshire Police is committed to providing our colleagues with excellent working conditions; this includes a flexible, agile approach to working hours arrangements including hybrid working, which involves a blend of Headquarters and home-based working. A mutual effective method of achieving these arrangements will be discussed with the successful candidate. Secondment opportunities will be considered in liaison with your current organisation. 

To apply for this role, please complete the application form on the Staffordshire Police website and attach a 2,000-word statement detailing how your skills and experience meet the person specification and Staffordshire Police’s behavioural competency framework attached to the advert on Staffordshire Police website. Please upload this document via the CV upload section in the main application form. 

For more information about the role, please contact Caroline Tozer, Head of Corporate Communications: caroline.tozer@staffordshire.police.uk 

Further details and key requirements and responsibilities can be found in the role profile.

Applications close midday 5th February 2023 

Shortlisting will take place week commencing 6th February 

There will be a psychometric test and interview process if successful at shortlisting 

Interviews will take place Tuesday 21st February 

Benefits of working for Staffordshire Police:

Flexible working options 
Defined benefit pension scheme (pension upon retirement is based on your career average salary), with an employer contribution of 15.5%. 
Annual Leave Entitlement - starting at 29 days plus bank holidays 
Sick pay scheme
Fostering friendly policy
Family friendly policies – maternity, paternity, parental leave, adoption
Occupational Health
On site Gyms
Staff associations
Reward and Recognition
Blue light Card – not solely for Staffs police
Sports Lottery
Staff restaurant at HQ
Free parking 

* Please note that applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified/experienced individuals. However prior consideration will be given to applications from individuals who are ‘at risk’ and employed by Staffordshire Police. If an appointment is made from that at risk group, the post may be withdrawn. In this event, a representative from the People Services team will notify any affected applicants. 

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Please note that if successful for this role, the following tests and checks will be conducted:
  • Medical assessment 
  • Higher level vetting 
  • References