Media Job: Head of corporate communications, Police Scotland

CLOSING DATE: October 10, 2016

Head of corporate communications

Tulliallan (with travel across Scotland)

Salary: £70,113 – £78,852

Ref no: R48/16

THIS post leads on the delivery of an integrated media and communications capability for Police Scotland.

You will lead the news operation, marketing and digital teams and internal communications across the country to deliver communications and media support services.

You will provide strategic communication guidance in support of change programmes and lead on the development of plans and strategies in support of policing priorities.

You will be responsible for managing a departmental budget that supports circa 65 members of staff.

You will have extensive experience of working at a senior level under high pressure with competing deadlines and priorities.

Strong interpersonal skills and experience in partnership working is essential.

You will bring the ability to employ a broad range of communications tools and processes, e.g. website, intranet, adverting, media releases, publications, house journals, briefings, sponsorship, events, etc. and be able to exercise quick and sound judgement in a crisis, leading to effective decision-making.

As a communications professional with significant experience at senior management level, you must be an accredited member of a relevant professional organisation and hold a degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate discipline.

Where no formal qualification exists you must be able to demonstrate experience of managing at an equivalent level.

A full driving licence and experience in working with a wide range of public stakeholders at a senior level is also essential.

This full-time post is permanent and will require management vetting.

The following managerial competencies will be used for the selection process:

1. Respect for diversity
2. Leadership
3. Service delivery
4. Effective communication
5. Management ability
6. Job knowledge
7. Partnership working
8. Problem solving
9. Team working
10. Personal awareness
11. Personal effectiveness

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

- Competitive salary and guaranteed allowances
– Annual salary increments
– Local Government Pension Scheme
– 24 days annual leave and eight public holidays on appointment
– Wide range of family-friendly policies
– Employee Assistance Programme
– Access to range of staff associations
– Scottish Police Recreation Association
– Scottish Police Credit Union
– Staff uniform (where applicable)
– Cycle 2 Work Scheme
– Childcare vouchers

Please be aware that the interim SPA pay and grading structure may be subject to future change.

Individuals working, or applying for, a flexible working arrangement who wish to apply for this post will have their flexible working arrangement considered in line with current policy, as well as both personal and organisational needs.

Police Scotland is committed to promoting a diverse workforce and to achieving and promoting an organisational culture where staff and officers are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.

To assist us to monitor the effectiveness of our equality and diversity practices, we would encourage you to complete and submit the Equality and Diversity monitoring form, which will be separated from your application form prior to the selection process. The information you provide will be treated as sensitive data under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Applicants must be a British citizen, a member of the EU or other states in the EEA, a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national free of restrictions. You should also have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years immediately prior to application

No CVs please – full application forms must be completed.

For information on how to apply please visit or call 01355 566350 and quote reference number R48/16.

Closing date: Monday 10 October, 2016, by 4.30pm.

Interview date: To be advised.

Our purpose: To improve the safety and well being of people, places and communities in Scotland.

Our focus: Keeping people safe.