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Communications Business Partner (Dorchester)

Salary details: £39493 - £45495

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Media, Marketing & Design
Salary details
£39,493 - £45,495
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Jennifer Lowis
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 221751
Closing Date
11 December 2022 11:00 PM
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Communications Business Partner

37 hours

Salary £39,493 - £45,495

Dorchester, combined with home-working


What’s in it for you:

Join our friendly and dynamic communications team at an exciting time for Adults and Housing services. We are developing our new 10 year plan for adult social care, and our new strategy for housing. You will lead the strategic communications for this work: shaping the narrative, engaging with a range of audiences, and advising councillors and senior officers.

We are seeking an expert communicator who will be part of the senior management team in Adults & Housing, ensuring that communications advice is integrated in planning and decision-making from the outset.

This is a great time to join us and make a difference for the residents of Dorset.


What you can expect to be doing:

Reporting to the Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement, you will be the first point of contact for communications for the Adults & Housing directorate, providing strategic communications advice and overseeing the delivery of communications projects and campaigns.

As Communications Business Partner, you will provide account management for the Adults & Housing directorate, working closely with portfolio holders and senior officers to agree communications and engagement priorities, aligned to the Council Plan. The post holder will advise on the most appropriate activity to achieve agreed targets, allocate resource, and oversee implementation and evaluation.

You will be expected to:
• provide high-quality advice, challenge and support to the teams and services

• ensure effective collaboration and co-ordination between the communications team and other teams across the organisation

• lead the development of integrated communications plans and strategies, drawing on the various communications disciplines, and oversee the delivery and evaluation of these

• enable long-term communications planning and horizon scanning.

The role has line management responsibility for two communications professionals.

Read about the new strategy for adult social care - A Better Life - here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/w/our-overarching-strategy?p_l_back_url=%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Da%2Bbetter%2Blife 


About you:

You will have excellent interpersonal skills and will be comfortable working with people at all levels of the organisation. You will be confident to provide strategic communications advice to colleagues and councillors, including constructive challenge where needed.

You will have experience of line management: motivating colleagues, leading a team and achieving strong results. We are seeking an experienced communicator, with knowledge of all communications and marketing disciplines, including media relations, campaigns, stakeholder engagement, story-telling, digital marketing, and internal communications. You will prioritise setting clear objectives, measuring performance, and continually improving communications activity based on learnings.

Above all, you will want to make a real difference to the lives of Dorset residents.


This post requires significant travel. You must have a vehicle (or transport we deem suitable) available for use as needed.


Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn.

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

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