Monday, 1 September 2008

Internal Communications Officer

Thank goodness the advert below is from Essex County Council and not Hartlepool Council. From the title it might be mistaken for a useful job but strip away the management speak and it is actually mainly concerned with supplementing Council propaganda and publicity by producing intranet article and costly glossy magazines nobody reads. If that sounds familiar then maybe you do look at Hartbeat as it goes from your mat to the recycle bag?

You may be one of those poor deluded fools who think you pay your council tax to get the bins cleaned, streets sweeped and public land taken care of? The advert below might disabuse you of this notion (re-produced with thanks to the Tax Payers Alliance (

Internal Communications Officer (£21,414 - £27,597)

We (Essex County Council) are looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join the Council's dynamic and forward-thinking internal communications team, as an Internal Communications Officer. Your energy will help us continue our drive to deliver excellent internal communications to the employees of Essex County Council.

Involved in all aspects of this busy internal communications team, you will help edit and write for the employee magazine; research and write news stories for the intranet; act as an internal communications business partner, advising directorates on all aspects of internal communications; and provide internal communications support for a variety of business campaigns and change programmes.

Your passion for internal communications and ability to embrace change will be combined with strong news writing skills - good grammar and spelling are essential. You will need an ability to prioritise your workload, work on your own initiative as well as with the team, and to multi-task.

A sound working knowledge and experience ideally in an internal communications environment, this is an opportunity for you to grow and develop your internal communications skills within a professional and energetic team.

Closing date: 12 September 2008.

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