Communications / Marketing
Corporate Communications Adviser, Ministry of Justice – 48692
£34,262 - £38,373
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.
This is great opportunity to join one of the most creative, proactive, successful (and happy) teams in government.
You will play a role in developing and delivering outstanding communications to inform and inspire thousands of staff providing crucial services in a wide variety of roles and locations.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is one of the largest government organisations with more than 80,000 staff in offices, courts and prisons across the country.
The department is delivering ambitious plans to make sure prisons are safe, secure and provide genuine rehabilitation, to provide a modern courts and justice system and to support our world-leading legal sector.
Our team leads on communications to our HQ staff and works closely with colleagues at our major delivery agencies.
We were named the best internal communications team in the country in 2019 and 2020 (for both the private and public sector) and have won two national awards for our Values campaign, which focusses on increasing staff pride and developing a shared sense of identity for our colleagues.
We advise our senior leaders and other colleagues on communications plans for the MoJ’s priorities and shape overall departmental strategies, working on everything from major transformation programmes to targeted behaviour change campaigns.
We are focussed on making sure we have two-way communications with our staff engaged in the conversation.
We design and arrange events from small focus groups to all-staff gatherings. We use creative, informative and engaging content to make sure our channels are trusted and liked, and fill our display spaces with catchy and impactful materials. We produce weekly updates, storyboard and manage filming of corporate videos and maintain rolling news screens for offices across the country. The role is varied and challenging, so a capacity for adaptable working and producing high quality work to tight deadlines is vital.
This year’s People Survey results showed that our team’s “happiness” rating was 27% higher than the Civil Service average. It’s a great place to work and be.
Across MoJ we are guided by our shared values – purpose, humanity, openness and togetherness. We believe in our purpose, providing justice for our society; we care about each other and those we work with, we show them humanity; we are open to learning and innovating, both in ourselves and the things we do; and we want to work together, collaborating with colleagues throughout MoJ and far beyond.
We provide a truly flexible culture including working from home, job-sharing and part-time work to support our people in being the best they can be.
We are looking for someone with a flair for innovative communications which will engage our staff and help to drive delivery of a world class justice system. Someone who is a talented, motivated, collaborative and creative communications professional who is keen to be a leading member of the team. You’ll have a flexible approach, a can-do attitude and excellent relationship management skills.
You will play your part in ensuring that MoJ’s staff understand and buy in to our organisation’s mission, our shared values and our current priorities.
This role will include management of one corporate communications adviser.
The post holder will:
- Forge strong relationships and become a trusted adviser to colleagues throughout the organisation.
- Advise senior leaders on internal communications strategy, making decisions and plans based on insight and evaluation.
- Have creative ideas and ability to deliver outstanding content and campaigns for our internal channels.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of work to deliver continuous improvement.
- Work collaboratively with the team and key stakeholders in the department and other organisations.
- Be confident planning and delivering events for staff.
- Have basic design and layout skills.
Personal qualities and skills required:
- Strong planning, organisational and people skills, including delivering communication products to tight deadlines.
- Experience in developing and delivering effective communications strategies and plans.
- Experience of planning and delivering events.
- Experience of evaluating communications campaigns.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to work under pressure, manage competing priorities and changing deadlines.
- Strong relationship management skills, effective at negotiating and influencing.
- Good knowledge of the communications landscape, and the role of digital communication in internal communication.
- Understand and be an advocate for the principles of staff engagement, or wish to develop experience in this area.
- Maintain knowledge and understanding of Government Communications Service initiatives, best practice and activities.
- 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
1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Mojemail@example.com);
2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (firstname.lastname@example.org);
3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
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.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) 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.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
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.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
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.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.