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Head of Communications

  • Sector:

    Central Government

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  • Salary:

    Up to £68,275 plus London Weighting allowance of £4,438 (applicable only to Canary Wharf and Croydon offices).

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  • Published:

    21 days ago

Location: London (Canary Wharf or Croydon), Birmingham, Cardiff, Wakefield or Sale

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is an Arm’s Length Body (ALB) of the Home Office.We employ about 1,000 people and have a budget of approximately £78 million. We have offices in seven locations across England and Wales.

The IOPC oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales. We investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, and set the standards by which the police should handle complaints. We use learning from our work to influence changes in policing.We are independent and make our decisions entirely independently of the police and government.

We are now looking to appoint a Head of Communications.The Communications function is part of the Directorate of Strategy and Impact.It operates nationally providing strategic communications advice and support to the organisation.The Head of Communications is the principal communications advisor to the Board.The new Head of Communications will be responsible for leading a team of communications professionals to develop and deliver a communications strategy that will place greater emphasis on strategic and proactive communications, campaigns and digital delivery.

Our primary role is to instil public confidence in the police complaints system and through so doing maintain trust in policing.The IOPC is in a unique position to understand the issues which affect public confidence in policing, and we work to ensure there is an effective complaints system which can hold individuals to account for misconduct and ensure that lessons are learned to improve policing for everyone. The new Head of Communications will be at the forefront of ensuring this message is and our impact communicated effectively so that public can have confidence in our work.

You will be an exceptional senior communications professional with a successful track record of working in a complex, fast-moving environment that is subject to significant scrutiny.You will bring a successful track record of developing strategies encompassing all elements of modern communications within complex organisations as well as experience of leading large teams through periods of significant change and transformation. The ability to command the confidence of very senior stakeholders, outstanding political awareness, and strong communication and influencing skills are also essential for this role.

If you feel ready to make a significant contribution improving confidence in policing in England and Wales, then please see the full role description and application pack a under under Supporting Documentation below:

Supporting Documentation:

Candidate Information Pack

Annex A - Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Annex B - Candidate Supporting Information Form

Closing date for applications is: 09:00 BST on Monday 1 August 2022