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  • Salary: DG 7 (£60,344 - £64,765)
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours Per Week: 37
  • Service: Chief Executives Officer
  • Closing Date: 1 November 2020
  • Date Posted: 9 October 2020
  • Reference: 900712

Sheffield City Council is looking for a new Head of Communications.  The city has been moving rapidly in the right direction over the last few years and is now ready to reach its potential as one of the great cities of England.  

Historically known for its steel manufacturing, that steely determination runs through the city, from its diverse communities proud to call Sheffield home, its strong and effective partnerships and through to the many enterprising and dynamic companies who have made their base in a city that wants to grow in a way that benefits everyone in the city.  It is a city driven by its values of fairness and hard work, a place modestly proud of its achievements and how it has transformed itself, but also a city that knows that its best days are in front of it.

We’re looking for a Head of Communications who can inspire and lead an already strongly-performing team, who is  decisive and capable of handling tricky situations with diplomacy and tact whilst also having the tenacity to provide advice to senior officers and councilors in a constructive and intelligent way.  We want somebody who understands how to engage with people and communities, to really listen to what they are telling us, and who can use that to inform the overall direction of the organisation.  We’re looking for somebody who not only can lead our work through the current challenging circumstances but will lead for the future as well.  If you think you could help tell the next chapter in Sheffield’s story, we would love to hear from you.  

Selection will be a 2-stage process. The first stage will take place week comm 9 November 2020.  Applicants successful at this initial stage will be invited to final interview week commencing 16 November 2020. The recruitment process will take place over video.

This is a politically restricted post

We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview. 

Full-time employees work 37 hours for 52 weeks of the year and we offer a generous holiday entitlement. We are open to discussions about a wide range of flexible working opportunities, which benefit you and the Council.


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