Head of Media and Engagement

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 11 days
Canterbury
Employee
£47,750 - £52,900pa (DOE)

The Head of Media and Engagement is an exciting and influential role at the Diocese, as you will oversee the development and implementation of the Diocesan Engagement Strategy using a wide range of media and communications.

Reporting to the Strategic Programmes Manager, but leading and developing the Media and Engagement Team, you will create and support imaginative communications campaigns using both digital and traditional media to promote key themes and initiatives in a way that engages the broad traditions of our parishes, church members and those seeking to engage with church life.

As Head of Media and Engagement, you will also create a network of deanery ambassadors who will feed into good news and lessons learnt stories to be shared at a Diocesan Level whilst also supporting clergy, parishes, the Archbishop (when in Canterbury), the Bishop of Dover, Archdeacons and members of the Diocesan staff Team in their communications and use of media.

A natural communicator with experience of developing and nurturing high level contacts in media, local government and charities, you should be adept at working with and influencing senior leaders and have the ability to understand and discuss complex issues in relation to media and campaigns in a context relevant to members and other stakeholders.

As a senior member of the Diocese and a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team, you will be expected to respond to media enquiries and offer professional PR support at times of crisis or high levels of media interest including around safeguarding issues.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made via the Diocesan website using the diocesan application form, not through Pathways. To apply please go here: https://hr.breathehr.com/recruitment/vacancies/27687?identifier=canterburydiocesanboardoffinance

Key Responsibilities

  1. Lead and oversee the development and implementation of the Diocesan Engagement Strategy using a range of media and communications approaches.
  2. Lead, create and support imaginative campaigns using both digital and traditional mediums to promote key themes and initiatives in a way that engages our parishes, church members and those seeking to engage with church life.
  3. Develop, implement and promote a house style of communications that uses language that effectively captures the interest and imagination of the broad range of churches within the diocese.
  4. Source, tell, share, and exploit good news from parishes, benefices, deaneries within the diocese on a range of platforms and channels that will encourage all and potentially transform some.
  5. Develop and lead a strategy to enable and train parishes and individuals in their communications and media work including providing advice and support on digital and social media.
  6. Create a network of deanery ambassadors who will feed into good news and lessons learnt stories to be shared at a Diocesan Level.
  7. Support the Archbishop (when in Canterbury), the Bishop of Dover, Archdeacons, members of the Diocesan staff Team, clergy and parishes in their communications and use of media.
  8. Lead and develop the Media and Engagement Team and sit as a member of the Senior Management Team and Bishop’s Senior Staff Team.
  9. Support the Safeguarding Team by advising on their communications requirements in line with best practice.
  10. Work proactively with print and broadcast media to tell good news stories or respond to matters of social justice.
  11. Respond to media enquiries and offer professional PR support at times of crisis or high levels of media interest.
  12. Manage and develop systems for sharing information and resources throughout the Diocese and its functions including reviewing our website to ensure it meets the needs of our parishes.
  13. Represent the Diocese at regional and national networks on matters relating to the post-holder’s responsibilities.
  14. Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required by the Diocesan Secretary, Bishop, or Archbishop.

Person Specification
Essential

  • Suitable qualification at graduate or masters level or relevant professional experience
  • Have a collaborative approach and able to inspire respect working across a diocese with broad diversity including churchmanship, economic affluence and poverty, urban, suburban, and rural contexts
  • Working with and influencing senior managers through knowledge of subject matter and demonstration of effective communication skills
  • Proven stakeholder management skills to manage competing demands and conflicts whilst maintaining productive working relationships
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills demonstrating the ability to understand and discuss complex issues in relation to media and campaigns in a context relevant to members and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing proactive media and engagement strategies
  • Track record in leading, planning, implementing, and evaluating strategic communications campaigns
  • Experience developing and nurturing high level contacts in media, local government, charitable stakeholders etc
  • Understanding of the Diocese of Canterbury, it’s structures and churches and in sympathy with it’s mission and values.
  • Experience of briefing senior staff to act as spokespeople through the media
  • Managing unsolicited or reactive stories through the media
  • Experience of using social media in influencing activity
  • Flexible and open to alternative approaches to problem solving. Makes suggestions for change and puts ideas forward for improvement
  • Demonstrates how thinking ahead, managing time, priorities, and risk, and developing structured and efficient approaches delivers work on time and to a high standard
  • Proven leadership and performance management skills
  • Proven experience of budgetary management including budget preparation and forecasting
  • Right to work in the United Kingdom

Desirable

  • Membership of appropriate professional body – e.g., CIPR
  • Formal project management qualification
  • Be an active Anglican Christian, or a member of a church in sympathy with the Anglican Communion and have evidential respect for the traditions of the Church of England

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications should be made via the Diocesan website using the diocesan application form, not through Pathways. To apply please go here: https://hr.breathehr.com/recruitment/vacancies/27687?identifier=canterburydiocesanboardoffinance