Head of Media and Digital to the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Hybrid - remote working and London
Employee
£55,831 rising to £60,033 per year.

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

Lambeth Palace is a unique building of significant historical and global provenance. It is, first and foremost, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family, as well as home to a wider, diverse and thriving, residential community. It is also an office and the epicentre of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry to the Church of England and the global Anglican Communion. It is a Grade I listed building comprising various listed buildings dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries, set within 10 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Fundamentally, the Palace seeks to be a place of contribution to the life of a 21st century church.

As Head of Media and Digital, you will support the Director of Communications in developing and delivering the Archbishop of Canterbury’s communications strategy, and with running a proactive communications office.

You will provide strategic and operational advice to the Archbishop and other senior staffon media relations and digital communications, deputising for the Director of Communications when necessary. You will also have a role in managing the Lambeth Palace Communications team.

This post is offered on a 12-month secondment/fixed-term contract.

For an informal conversation, please contact chris.cox@lambethpalace.org.uk

Interviews will be held on Friday 13 May 2022.

The Church of England is for everyone, and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for Archbishop Justin. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and disabled people.

You will be based at Lambeth Palace in unusual and pleasant surroundings however we are taking a flexible approach to work, with many colleagues opting for a hybrid approach to their working week, with a mixture of home and office-based working. Further details will be discussed at interview.

A comprehensive and supportive induction programme will be put in place to ensure that you have all the information, access and contacts required to learn quickly and excel in this role.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Work with the Director of Communications to provide strategic communications input for the Archbishop.
  • Plan, develop and execute effective interventions and regular communications across press and digital.
  • Advise the Archbishop on his engagement with the media, and on the most effective platforms / outlets to get his messages across.
  • Build constructive relationships with the media and handle media enquiries. Liaise with journalists and editors to ensure coverage is as fair and accurate as possible. Provide briefings, quotes and statements. Ensure corrections and clarifications are carried where needed.
  • Travel with the Archbishop on domestic and overseas visits when required.
  • Arrange and chair press conferences and media briefings.
  • Responsible for the Archbishop’s digital media strategy to ensure it supports broader strategic communications goals. Commission and supervise content production.
  • Provide advice to teams at Lambeth Palace to ensure their work is given appropriate profile in the media and through the Archbishop’s digital channels, including commissioning video and other content.
  • Oversee photo and video production - including commissioning freelancers and capturing content.
  • Assist the Director in managing the press office. Represent the work of the communications team to other departments and produce regular evaluations of our work.
  • Attend Senior NCIS Communications Leadership meetings and work closely with the Church House communications team, Bishopthorpe and the Anglican Communion Office.
  • Out of hours work, on both a planned and reactive basis, as required. Additional time worked will be given back in line with our TOIL policy.

The Requirements

Essential

Experience:

  • Track record of working in strategic communications or media. Good knowledge of media landscape.
  • Able to advise a senior leader effectively and with confidence.
  • Experience of line management.
  • Experience of digital communications.
  • An organised forward-planner who is also able to be flexible and reactive.
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to changing and simultaneous deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the Church of England and Anglican Communion.
  • Experience of crisis management.
  • Able to work collaboratively and manage multiple stakeholders.

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Ability to develop and conduct effective working relationships with media.
  • Ability to understand and convey complex theological views in an understandable and accessible way.
  • Team player with experience of working across functions and disciplines.
  • High level oral and written communication skills.
  • A strategic thinker.
  • Diplomatic and discreet.
  • Proactive.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Willing to work flexibly and be on call on a regular basis.

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As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves.