Communications Officer – Community Engagement
Want to be part of a dynamic communications team and experience something new every day?
Are you looking for a role where you are given the freedom to be creative?
Do you want to make a difference to the lives of residents across the Thames Valley?
Thames Valley Police is looking for a confident, experienced communicator to join their Community Engagement team in their Corporate Communications department.
Engaged communities help us to police effectively. They are central to the detection, prevention and reduction of crime and help us to maintain public safety. As you will know from recent national events, it is vital that we sustain and build public confidence in the police, and we have created a specialist community engagement function to effectively listen, engage and respond to the needs of the communities we serve.
In this role, your working day will be varied: you will work with local teams and partners to create and deliver a community engagement strategy responding to local policing and crime issues; help to improve the use of digital and social media channels within local areas, both internally and by the public, and identify and implement new methods of public engagement, in particular for ‘hard-to-reach’ communities.
To join our team, you will have either a nationally recognised qualification in communications, public relations, business or journalism or relevant equivalent experience, together with experience of working in a large public or private sector organisation.
Strong stakeholder management skills are critical as a key part of this role is developing relationships at a local level to identify community engagement opportunities.
You should have excellent writing skills for a variety of mediums and a proven ability to plan, prioritise, and implement communications activity, seeing the work through to completion and effective evaluation.
You will also have professional experience of using social media to reach target audiences and enthusiasm for identifying and exploring new communication channels and methods of engagement.
You should enjoy working as part of a team but have the motivation to work independently and the ability to think on your feet.
You will be based at our force headquarters in Kidlington and will be required to travel and work from local areas on a frequent basis, therefore a full driving licence is considered essential.
The role is based at our force headquarters in Kidlington however you will be required occasionally to travel and work across the Thames Valley area, therefore a full driving licence is considered essential.
If you have any queries please contact People Services Recruitment Department on 0845 2 66 66 77 (internal 301 6500) quoting reference 15916.
The closing date for enquiries and receipt of completed applications is Sunday 14th July 2019.
As part of the Thames Valley Police family you will enjoy a fantastic range of benefits including 22-30 days annual leave per annum (plus Bank Holidays), flexible working conditions, performance related pay increases, a wide range of lifestyle discounts, career development opportunities and have the option to join a local government pension scheme. To view a full list of our benefits, please click the below link.
Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here
All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
Thames Valley Police serves diverse communities; to truly reflect this, we are keen to recruit people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds. We value the knowledge and experiences that individuals bring from different cultures and welcome any contributions that can enhance the services we deliver to the public.
We believe in investing in all of our people, and run tailored Positive Action Initiatives to support our colleagues from underrepresented backgrounds in their personal and professional development, ensuring everyone has a level playing field to succeed, progress and feel fulfilled in their careers.
We will consider applications from flexible workers and look for job share opportunities where possible.
This opportunity is closed to applications.