ODPA – Communications Officer

Our client Office of Data Protection Authority, are seeking a Communications Officer on a flexible hours basis with a minimum of 25 hours per week required.

The Communications Officer provides professional communications expertise and support in specialist areas including media relations, event management, internal communications, online content, publication production, campaign management and internal/external training.

The key responsibilities of this role are:

  • Plan and deliver a full range of communications activities and initiatives in-line with ODPA Communication Strategy, with a key focus on creating positive cultural/behavioural change.
  • Assist with delivery and review of ODPA Communications Strategy and Strategic Plan.
  • Develop creative ways to engage people with their legal obligations or raise awareness of people’s rights.
  • Keep up to date with current research on young people’s understanding of personal data and their rights.
  • Pay attention to any changes globally with respect to how children’s data is looked after and/or their rights protected.
  • Provide assistance with print, broadcast and social media handling advice and coaching to senior ODPA staff.
  • Encourage proactive engagement with the Bailiwick of Guernsey Data Protection Association (BGDPA) in-line with the ODPA Strategic Plan.
  • Develop, implement and monitor channels and projects, for example, research, publications, events, internal content, online content, media, campaigns etc. in line with corporate identity and Communications Strategy.
  • Working with regulated community business groups and associations on ensuring relevant messages reach their audiences.
  • Produce, advise on and edit a wide range of communications materials; identify and fill gaps (e.g., adverts, online content, podcasts, publications, speeches, internal communications etc).
  • Support wider ODPA corporate projects by contributing to the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of communication elements.
  • Foster good working relationships with suppliers, stakeholders, journalists, press officers, peers etc.
  • Effect internal and external partnership working supported by confident presentation of ideas, project plans and updates to departmental, senior executives, corporate and external audiences.
  • Assist with management and delivery of ODPA social media presence, newsletters, website and events.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of systems, policies and procedures to monitor, edit and improve the ODPA’s website (including content, navigation and structure).
  • Assist with the structure of the website and provide advice to those developing material about where to position the content on the site.
  • Assist with anticipating and developing user journeys to the content.
  • Investigate opportunities for internal and external training initiatives and implement/coordinate as required.
  • Continue professional development and attend meetings, conferences and training from time to time locally and the UK, with some opportunity for European travel.
  • When required act as Press Officer – providing a proactive and reactive print, broadcast and social media relations service, including briefing, distribution, monitoring and evaluation.

Essential Requirements:

  • Degree or relevant professional qualification (or relevant demonstrable extensive experience)
  • Excellent written communication skills, including: an interest and/or skills in graphic design/animation/audio & visual production and editing; a Plain English approach to explaining complex concepts clearly and with respect for the reader.
  • Knowledge or interest in behavioural science/psychology.
  • Experience of creating web content and using corporate social media accounts along with up to date and in-depth knowledge of social media and online communications design, functionality, technical applications, information architecture, and navigation.
  • Proven organisational skills, and the ability to coordinate and plan projects, such as supplier and event management.
  • Ability to juggle conflicting and changing priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Creative approach with problem solving skills.

The above responsibilities cannot fully encompass all that is required of the post holder. It is expected that the post holder will undertake such other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the salary band and nature of the post. This job description is non contractual and may be changed, replaced or amended from time to time to meet the needs of the ODPA.

For applications, further information and a detailed job description please email [email protected]



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