Communications and Engagement Lead - Connect Programme

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £36057 per annum
16 Mar 2021
13 Apr 2021
Job role
Project Manager
Contract Type
Full time

Communications and Engagement Lead - Connect Programme

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £36,057 per annum

Location: Chelmsford (working remotely until further notice)

Closing Date: 30th March 2021

Please note this is a 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

The Connect Programme is a large transformation project, delivered in partnership between Essex County Council and Mid and South Essex Partnership, and many stakeholders across the Essex footprint. There are 5 interconnected workstream, and the Programme will transform services for older people through better connections to the right support in hospital and at home.

Connect is now in an exciting design phase which will define what needs to change and how we can achieve the best outcomes for older people, through five inter-related projects. Over 60 frontline colleagues and managers are already involved in co-designing new ways of working.

Later this year, teams across the county will take what pilot teams have learnt, and the post holder will focus on supporting the three Essex County Council workstream leads (Supporting Independence, Discharge Outcomes and Reablement) and adapt them to suit their local area, ahead of county-wide adoption. The remaining two projects are being delivered across Mid and South Essex, in conjunction with our health partners: Admission Avoidance and Community Hospital Flow.

About You

We're looking for a Senior Communications & Engagement specialist who will be responsible for delivering internal and stakeholder communications activities for the Connect programme, working across communications channels to all stakeholders including colleagues, senior leaders, and wider stakeholders across the health and care system.

You will be adaptable, adept at working in a fast-moving and customer-first environment, that relies on real-time communications, welcomes change and has a growth mindset. The role will report to the Connect Programme Manager and will be required to work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries to share knowledge, insights and data in support of key outcomes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Generate and maintain a live stakeholder map corresponding each delivery phase
  • Ensure that the right audiences are appropriately engaged with the programme throughout
  • Maintain core communications materials for the programme
  • Responsible for the scoping, commissioning, writing, editing and publication content creation
  • Support appropriate and regular communication through a regular 'drumbeat' of targeted communications activities
  • Work with partner agencies to ensure the voice of the adult/resident is front and centre in our approach when planning work

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development with knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of communications within a large public sector organisation.
  • Understanding the importance of measuring employee engagement.

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If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact our Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.

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