Recycling Engagement Officer

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range 4 (£25,775 - £31,385) per annum / pro rata
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 14/06/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: RCET057AL

We are looking for someone to join the team who can contribute to our marketing and promotional campaigns, events and exhibitions to increase awareness of waste and recycling issues and development opportunities in the area. This will include administration of social media accounts and the post holder’s name and photograph being used in the promotion of the service

The successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation and publication of information on the council's website and in other publications for all services that fall under the remit of the Head of Environmental Services.

This post will encompass duties that promote Waste Services initiatives in Medway (which may require walking or standing for long periods and physical agility), presentations at local interest groups and other public engagements.

You will be the officer responsible for the development, co-ordination and delivery of a long term communications plan and all promotion and education activities relating to the remit of Waste Services to include: Waste Collections, recycling and Street Cleansing.

To target and deal with public concerns identified through public engagement; research and develop campaigns to improve participation in and improve public perception of all Waste Services related work and ensure all campaigns and services are monitored and evaluated so that evidence based reports can be generated, ensuring that all projects and campaigns are delivered in a cost effective way and within budget, exploring and applying for external funding streams where appropriate.

The role will assist in the development of the service, including business and service planning, budgets and letting of new contracts. You will need to liaise with both internal and external partners, where appropriate and necessary, in resolving complaints and the collating of monitoring and evaluation data.

The post holder will undertake appropriate Emergency Planning duties as directed by the Council Tactical Officer which can include out of hours work at short notice and will require the post holder to be suitably trained as a 4 x4 driver and be able to support the delivery of Frontline Services including proactive work across the Environmental Service remit as required.

Essential Qualifications

  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths

Essential Experience

  • Previous experience of developing and managing communications projects
  • Demonstrable experience in using Microsoft packages
  • Proven track record in communicating with an audience via web media
  • Proven track record in communicating at all levels and between public and private organisations.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme 

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London. 

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Ian Garcia on 01634 335436.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.


How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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