Vacancy: Communications Officer (Digital)

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Summary

Directorate: Communications, Policy and Research
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract until the end of May 2026
Salary: Based in London office £32,900 per annum / Outside London office £29,954 per annum
Location: Flexible

This is a hybrid role, working 2 days a week from the office (London, Cardiff, Belfast or Edinburgh offices) and 3 days a week from home. However, we are also open to applications from remote workers who are not based near any of our offices.

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Who We Are

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.

The Role

We are looking for a digital communications professional to join our Digital Communications and Voter Engagement team.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting teams across the organisation with digital communications projects, including website improvements and launching new sections
  • Creating and updating website content using our content management system
  • Creating social media content plans, copy and graphics
  • Using tools such as Google Analytics to report on content performance
  • Working with teams across the organisation on day to day content management
  • You will be part of a truly collaborative team who put the needs of voters at the heart of their work.

Experience Required

The right person for this role will have experience working in a digital communications role, or equivalent.

They will have experience of creating digital content for both websites and social channels and will take a user-first approach to it.

They will be proactive, enthusiastic, and confident running their own projects. They will be confident working with different teams and managing conflicting priorities.

The successful candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, have an eye for detail, and be good at making sense of complex information.

Being able to use sound judgement and to think creatively about how to solve problems are also essential qualities in this role.

Working at the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission offers excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependent on scheme rules) which include a valuable range of benefits.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people who are passionate about democracy. The more diverse our workforce, the better we can adapt to and reflect the needs of society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and as a staff member you will become part of an inclusive culture, where you will have the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through learning and development.

To Apply

The closing date for applications is 22 May 2024 at 23:59.

Interviews are provisionally set for the week commencing 27 May 2024.

We may use video conferencing tools for the interviews. We will confirm details with shortlisted candidates.

Please contact Natasha Brissenden if you would like to find out more information about this role on NBrissenden@electoralcommission.org.uk

No Agency Assistance Required: We appreciate the interest of recruitment agencies, however, we are managing this recruitment process internally. We request that agencies refrain from contacting us regarding this vacancy.

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Applications should include a supporting statement. This should include examples of how you have demonstrated the role’s person specification, including:

  • essential skills
  • behaviours
  • knowledge

To be fair to all candidates, we can’t accept job applications submitted after the closing date.

We will let you know whether or not you have been invited for an interview shortly after the closing date.

We hold some of our interviews online using video conferencing, and other interviews in person at one of our offices. We’ll let you know when and where your interview will be.

Sometimes, we’ll ask you to complete a task for your interview. For example, preparing a presentation on a specific topic. We’ll give you instructions about the task when we invite you to interview.

Our interviews are competency based. We will ask you questions to understand more about your experience, and how it relates to the essential criteria in the person specification. Questions will also cover the values, behaviours, and skills required for the role. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the role or working with us at the end of your interview.

We will let you know the outcome of the interview as soon as possible. Usually, within two days after the final interview has been completed. We’re always happy to give feedback if requested.  

We will always let you know when we’d like to contact your references.

If you have taken part in certain political activities, such as holding office in a political party or holding a relevant elected office, it may mean that you can’t work for us. To discuss this before applying, contact our HR team at recruitment@electoralcommission.org.uk 

If you’re successful, you’ll need to complete some pre-appointment checks. This includes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In Scotland, this is a Disclosure Scotland check. In Northern Ireland, it’s an Access NI check.

Higher security clearance may be required for some roles. We will only ask you about convictions and cautions that are not protected. Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from working here. It depends on the nature of the position and the circumstances of your offences. Read our employing ex-offenders policy for more information.

We welcome applications from everyone. We will ask for your personal details including your nationality, ethnicity and any disabilities. These details will not be shared with the interviewers.

If you have a disability, let us know at the application stage so we can make adjustments for you. This may include accepting your application by post.

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