Executive Recruitment

Head of Strategic Communications

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Kirklees Council
circa £65,000
Closing date:
19th November
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
19th November 2018 at 9am
4th or 5th December 2018 - TBC


Kirklees is firmly focused on the future.  Our vision is to create a district with a strong, sustainable, inclusive economy that offers a great quality of life to its citizens - leading to thriving, prosperous, confident and resilient communities. We’re all about people, place and partners.

We’ve created a new role of Head of Strategic Communications, to build on our good work to date. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and delivering our communications strategy that supports our Corporate Plan and place shaping strategy. Under your leadership and direction, you will create a proactive service that instils creativity and innovation. You will proactively engage with citizens, partners and stakeholders to explain and promote our direction of travel, as well as supporting and improving staff engagement. Just as important will be your political nous and your ability to work and inspire confidence within a political environment.

If you have excellent leadership and change management skills, the ability to influence partners and a proven track record of success in delivering effective communications and engagement strategies, then we would like to hear from you. In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits, along with the opportunity to be part of our ambitious plans and transformation journey.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Gary Evans
0113 205 6080
Marcia Williams
07807 621 337
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