Media Manager x2
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Reference number: 1580994
Salary: £29,832 - £32,367
Location: Bristol, South West, BS5 0DA : Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 6LP
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Number of posts: 2
Closing date: 23 May 2018
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is currently looking for two individuals with excellent public relation skills and a proven track record of creative communications to join our high performing team.
Based in either our Nottingham or Bristol sites, the role of Media Manager is to promote the great work the agency is doing to make a positive difference to road safety across Great Britain.
The role is extremely varied from handling media enquiries to leading on national media campaigns and overseeing external filming bids. Media managers are also responsible for managing our corporate digital communications channels including our social media accounts, email alert service and GOV.UK blogs.
You'll need to work with a range of people across DVSA including our CEO, senior managers and operational staff. You'll work closely with colleagues within Corporate Communications to help plan and deliver campaigns. You also need to form good working relationships with the Department for Transport press office and media including national media outlets and trade press.
You'll have direct line management responsibility for one or two media officers. You'll need to use your coaching and mentoring skills to help others reach their full potential.
You'll directly report to our Head of Media, Abigail Britten.
DVSA Head of Media, Abigail Britten, said:
"This is a really exciting time for the team. We've recently been shortlisted for a CIPR excellence award for our campaign to promote the changes to driving test. We're extremely keen to build on this success and deliver more behavioral change campaigns over the next few years.
If you want to feel like the work you do makes a real difference to people's lives and helps improve road safety this could be the role for you."
The role will require going on an on-call rota as well as occasional travel and overnight stays.
For more detailed information about this role, see the role profile attached to the advert.
To be successful in this role you must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, in particular the ability to write clearly and simply, using plain English.
You have experience in coaching and mentoring others to further develop their skills and knowledge.
It is essential that you are flexible and determined in your approach to tasks and able to deliver a high standard of work, at pace.
You must be able to identify key pieces of information, address any gaps and prepare concise statements that support the agency's messages within tight deadlines.
You'll need a practical understanding of how print, broadcast and digital media work, including the media cycle, circulation and deadlines. Negotiation and influencing skills are essential, as is the ability to build effective working relationships with others.
You must also have a practical understanding of emerging digital service, tools and trends, including techniques for optimising digital content.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain's roads.
We do this by helping people through a lifetime of safe driving, helping them keep their vehicles safe to drive, and protecting them from unsafe drivers and vehicles.
Our work affects millions of people and thousands of businesses. Most importantly, our work saves lives.
We're an organisation that values professional expertise. We work in inclusive and diverse teams. Meeting the needs of the people who use our services runs through everything we do.
We have exciting plans for the next 5 years to continue making our roads safer. Join us on our journey and help us to save lives.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Seeing the big picture
- Leading and communicating
- GCS Implementation
- Building capability for all
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
How to apply
In order to apply for the role of Media Manager you are required to provide a CV and Personal Statement as part of the application.
Your Personal Statement should not exceed more than 500 words. Any evidence provided over 500 words will not be assessed or considered.
To comply with a recent government change, the Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.
When considering your experience, please tailor your CV to provide evidence of your:
• public relations experience;
• understanding of how print, broadcast and digital media work, including the media cycle, circulation and deadlines;
• understanding of emerging digital services, tools and trends, including techniques for optimising digital content;
• experience of running and managing campaigns.
In no more than 500 words, please explain why your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate for this role. Please provide examples in particular that demonstrate your ability to plan, deliver and evaluate proactive behavior change campaigns and manage the media during a crisis.
Please note that if you are invited for interview/assessment, you may be assessed against any of the criteria noted on the attached role profile.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
If you do have any further questions please contact Abigail.Britten@DVSA.gov.uk
Sift/interview dates and location
The sift is due to take place from 25/05/2018.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held in between 13/06/2018 and 20/06/2018.