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Communications / Marketing

Communication Manager – Wales – 66918
£37,683 – £41,506
Cardiff

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

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Job description  

We are looking for an experienced, committed and proactive communications professional to join the award-winning HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) communications team within the Ministry of Justice. The successful candidate will help lead communications for the HMPPS in Wales and deliver on an ambitious communications strategy to protect and promote the aims and values of Wales to its staff and key stakeholders.

We are looking for an enthusiastic communications professional with experience of working in communications for large organisations or on complex projects. The role has a strong focus on internal communications and engagement but also encompasses campaigns, stakeholder management, digital and operational communications.

HMPPS in Wales is responsible for the direct management and contract management of all prison and probation services delivered across Wales. The post will provide communications support for all these functions. It will recognise the uniqueness of Wales, engaging with Welsh Government and a broad range of public service delivery leaders across Wales to build strong and positive partnership arrangements. The post will also provide support and promote the use of Welsh Language and culture.

This role sits within the HMPPS Communications team and reports directly to the Head of Wales Communications.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the strategic, internal, and operational communications for HMPPS in Wales and work closely with the Ministry of Justice Press Office on all external media relating to the service.
  • Support on the delivery of the Wales Local Partner Communications Strategy to ensure key milestones are met.
  • Support the development and implementation of the HMPPS in Wales as a brand across Wales.
  • Support the development of a proactive, engaging and insight led communications campaign to promote the positive work taking place across Wales to both internal and external audiences. This campaign will motivate staff and celebrate success within the agency.
  • Build and nurture a network of local communications leads across Wales sites to ensure our communications are effective, timely and relevant to both staff and offenders.
  • Help manage and develop our key channels including the Wales Staff Newsletter and Wales Bulletin.
  • Become a trusted deputy to the Head of Wales Communications for HMPPS and play a proactive role in helping support and shape the direction of the wider HMPPS and Ministry of Justice communications team to create a positive, inclusive culture.
  • Build strong, constructive relationships with senior leaders across Wales and MOJ and become a trusted senior advisor on Wales communications, developing an in-depth knowledge of key policies, stakeholders opportunities and risks.
  • Work with Wales and HMPPS digital and campaign team to develop a regular drumbeat of Wales content across existing internal and external channel is within HMPPS and MOJ.
  • Willing to travel regularly to HMPPS sites across Wales.

Competencies and Strengths

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process.

  • Communicating and Influencing: Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • Leadership: Show pride and passion for public service. Create and engage others in delivering a shared vision. Value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.
  • Working Together: Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
  • Changing and Improving: Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours.

This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

Candidates shortlisted will be invited to an interview which is a blended approach of Strength-based questions (no preparation necessary) and Behaviour based questions. There will also be a desktop exercise ( no preparation necessary).

Salary

£37,683 - £41,506

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.