Head of Media & Communications - Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

The Local Government Management Agency is recruiting a Head of Media & Communications for a permanent position, at Grade 8 level.

This is a unique opportunity to lead on a wide variety of integrated campaigns and communications projects for a state agency that supports the 31 local authorities and public library services.

Company Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)
Location 35-39 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8 (blended working possible)
Apply by 19 June 2024
Position / Title Head of Media & Communications, Grade 8
Department Communications
Reporting to Assistant Chief Executive, Pillar 1.
Direct Reports 3
Contract Type Permanent
How To Apply

Application form available at https://www.lgma.ie/en/about-us/work-with-us/

About the role

  • The Head of Media & Communications will lead the communications team in the development and implementation of the LGMA’s communications strategy and other relevant local authority sector communication strategies and plans. The implementation of these plans includes activity in areas such as media engagement, public relations, marketing, corporate and internal communications, brand management, research, public affairs, communication campaigns, strategic communications and digital communications.  He/she will work to strategically lead, develop, promote and maintain positive and open working relationships with the media, external stakeholders and colleagues across the local government sector.   The role offers opportunity to an enthusiastic and proactive individual with excellent leadership skills and verbal and written communication skills to work on complex issues with a practical approach to communications.

The key responsibilities of the role are as follows:

  • To lead on the delivery of a local government communications strategy
  • To lead, develop, implement and evaluate integrated communication campaigns to promote the LGMA and the local government sector, using multiple platforms.
  • To lead the development and management of LGMA communications tools using digital and other communications channels
  • To lead, develop, implement and evaluate the social media and digital strategies including the development of localgov.ie.
  • To work with local government chief executives, senior managers and other government agencies and departments on media and communications issues/campaigns
  • To work with CCMA/LGMA Committees on strategic communication campaigns to support their committee objectives.
  • To advise and assist corporate services and the LGMA Executive team on internal/corporate communications.
  • To manage a number of brands that are under the remit of the LGMA and to develop and implement brand strategies to enhance them further.
  • To provide communication advice and support to local authorities on media issues
  • To lead reactive and proactive media work, often to tight deadlines
  • To drive the use of new communications platforms and technologies within LGMA and local authorities
  • To represent LGMA and the CCMA on cross sector communications working groups with the purpose of ensuring that the local government sector is best represented.
  • To lead the coordination of a working group comprising of local authority communications practitioners
  • To lead on contract management for existing contracts and to be responsible for future procurement for contracts relating to communications
  • To play a lead role in ensuring appropriate media management and monitoring
  • Line management responsibility for communications team members.
  • To carry out any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

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