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Head of Strategic Communications

Job Title: Head of Strategic Communications
Salary range: £80k per annum
Hours: 36.5 hours per week
Contract: Permanent

Who we need

In these extraordinary times the need for strong regional leadership has never been more important.

At the West Midlands Combined Authority we're building the future with a shared vision of a happier, healthier, better connected and more prosperous region - a fast-growing global force with huge potential and ambition.

Great communications is key to the delivery of our vision and we're looking for an exceptional communicator to lead our team and act as principal advisor to the Mayor, Chief Executive and senior leadership team.

As Head of Communications you'll provide strategic leadership for the development and delivery of our corporate communications strategy across the organisation, building on our success, developing effective working relationships and partnerships with senior politicians in central and local government, key stakeholders in the private sector and our residents.

You'll have a place at the top table as a member of the organisation's Strategic Leadership Team, reporting directly to Chief Executive Deborah Cadman and working closely with the West Midlands Mayor - so you'll be able to influence and lead communications at the highest level.

We're looking for an experienced, passionate and confident communicator with a strong understanding of the current political and social environment across the region.

You'll need experience of leading communications teams working across all disciplines, including media and public relations, marketing and campaigns and digital and social media, alongside a deep insight into the challenges of managing communications in a high profile and visible environment.

This is a key leadership role, where you'll be able to build on your breadth of experience and your proven strategic and leadership background.

In a year where we'll continue to live with uncertainty and change the challenges of leading communications have never been greater - and this role will provide you with a unique opportunity to deliver real impact across the region.

We are committed to equality of opportunity in service provision and employment.

Our recruitment policies, procedures and practices enable all applicants to be considered on merit and ability to do the job.

We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.

Who we are - the West Midlands Combined Authority

Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands - that's our reason for being here and it drives every move we make.

We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region - a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We work with our council partners to keep the region on the move, regenerate places with new homes and businesses and skill up our people so they can do the jobs we'll need to succeed in the future.

We use our role to speak up for and lead our region and bring people together to deliver across the towns and cities that make the West Midlands great.

We're ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, trusting and supporting each other to get the job done.

Our region needs and deserves our powerful voice - we understand what's needed here and how to change lives for the better.

Our work is already bringing big benefits in the way we keep people moving on our roads, rail and tram systems, the work we're doing to build homes on derelict sites to protect our precious green spaces, our innovative work on future transport systems and 5G and our plans to tackle the climate change emergency.

Everyone who works here plays their part in this success story and we're all determined to use our unique role to deliver lasting change across our region.

In return for your hard work and commitment, we will reward you with a range of competitive and attractive benefits.

How to apply

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Closing Date: 3rd February 2021
Interview/Assessment Date: 16th February 2021 (1st Stage), w/c 22nd February 2021 (2nd stage)

This interview will have two stages- those who are successful at this stage will be called for a second interview.

This is a remote working opportunity until a date is agreed for the WMCA workforce to return to our usual place of work at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham.

Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well during this time.

We will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, and we are doing everything we can to ensure all our employees can enjoy a comfortable remote working space.

We are committed to developing an organisation that is representative of the diverse communities that we serve and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The following groups are currently underrepresented: young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who meet the essential job role criteria.

We will make reasonable adjustments, in line with the Equality Act, for disabled applicants if these are needed.

Wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance and support service delivery for the customer.

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