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External Communications Officer

External Communications Officer

Job Title: External Communications Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Bristol
Salary: 27905-31371
Start Date: February 2020
Reference: 4178
Job Published: January 28, 2020 15:49

Job Description

External Communications Officer
This is a great opportunity to develop your communications expertise with Bristol City Council’s creative, innovative and award-winning External Communications team.

Working on exciting regeneration projects that will make a difference for the people of Bristol, you’ll be a creative, flexible, confident and experienced communications professional who can help create, support and deliver communication, marketing and PR activity across a wide range of projects.

Job Type
Communications, PR & Media
Working Hours
Full Time
Employment Type
Fixed Term
City Hall, College Green, BS1 5TR
Pay Grade
£27,905 - £31,371
Not Applicable
Closing Date
Ref No
Person Specification
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Job Description
(PDF, 173.73kb)
Full time, fixed term for 10 months, with possible extension to 12 months (Maternity Cover).

What will I be doing?

This exciting role will support communications for Bristol’s ambitious regeneration agenda designed to bring inclusive, economic growth for the city and its citizens. Billions of pounds of development in major projects, including Temple Quarter, Western Harbour, Bedminster Green and Frome Gateway, Lockleaze, Southmead and Hengrove, are making efficient use of land to create thousands of new homes, jobs and business opportunities in sustainable, inclusive mixed-use developments. The role will also support communications for major planning projects.

This will include responsibility for devising, delivering and evaluating strategic and tactical communication activities to a range of audiences, exploiting all forms of communication and engagement with stakeholder groups to the best effect.

What do I need to have?

You will have excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate complex messages in a creative and engaging way. With excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and manage relationships with partners both inside and outside the council, you will be a vital part of communicating key city projects. Specific activities include stakeholder engagement, writing press releases, newsletter and web copy, social media, campaign planning and monitoring and event organisation.

Working within a fast-paced, supportive, collaborative environment this is an exciting opportunity to join a team committed to achieving the best results possible against objectives designed to support and enable people and groups across Bristol.

Why Bristol City Council?

At Bristol City Council, we go that extra mile for our people; we offer a work environment which is fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your skills and develop new ones within a high profile organisation.

Join us and you’ll receive a generous rewards package including flexible working and flexi-time, membership of the Local Government Pension scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. In addition you’ll be working in a supportive environment where you’ll have the chance to make Bristol a better place and contribute to its future.

How do I apply?

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please select the apply button below.

To be successful in being shortlisted for interview, please submit an application which fully demonstrates how you meet each of the essential criteria as laid out in the Person Specification, this should be demonstrated in the ‘Further Information’ section of your application. Your application should fully evidence your education and training, along with your previous employment history. On occasion we will receive high numbers of applications, we may then shortlist against the desirable criteria along with the essential criteria, therefore please demonstrate how you can meet desirable criteria if you are able to do so.

Further Information

Please find attached the Job Description and Person Specification, along with the job advert this should give you a clear overview of the role. If you have any queries and would like to discuss the role in further detail please contact Angie Burton (External Communications Manager) on

Shortlisting to take place on 12th or 13th February 2020 

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 17th February 2020.

At Bristol City Council, we value having a workforce as diverse as the City we serve. We therefore welcome, develop and promote people from all sections of the community.