Communications & Marketing Officer (Media & PR)

(Maternity cover until November 2021) Grade J - Salary £31,799 pa Permanent -Full Time (37 Hours pw) Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely) Closing Date – 19 March 2021

Communications & Marketing Officer (Media & PR)

Grade J - £31,799 pa

(Maternity cover until November 2021)

Leeds City Centre (currently working remotely)

Closing date - 19 March 2021

Do you want to use your excellent communications skills to create better lives for communities in West Yorkshire? 

Do you have media expertise to help the Combined Authority and, from next year, the West Yorkshire Mayor to raise the profile of our work locally, regionally and nationally?

Do you have the creativity and innovation to generate through the line campaign content to help influence stakeholders and promote the Combined Authority’s work?  

Are you a strong networker who would relish the opportunity to build meaningful partnerships within the region, for the benefit of the region?

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with excellent communications skills who can help raise the profile of the Combined Authority and its work.

The Role

This is a varied role which will suit a flexible individual, proficient at managing multiple projects and working with a range of partners. 

Reporting to the Head of External Affairs, key requirements for the Communications and Marketing Officer will be:

  • Fast-paced press office or media experience. including strong writing skills and relationship building
  • Experience of developing structured and carefully targeted communications plans securing media coverage to support corporate goals
  • Understanding of successful strategies around earned and owned content
  • Ability and confidence to advise senior figures directly both within and outside the organisation
  • Capable of working flexibly and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary communications and marketing team. 
  • Experience of working successfully in a partnership environment


Review the Role profile provided for more information about the responsibilities.

About you

With an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the organisation and the region, the holder of this post will work with colleagues to raise the status and profile of the Combined Authority within West Yorkshire and beyond.  You will work to not only generate positive media coverage, nationally and regionally, but be experienced at inspiring debate, and content powerful enough to help shape national policy decisions that influence our region’s way of life.

The successful candidate will be a confident media relations professional, adept at creating compelling opportunities for local, regional and national media and building relationships with key journalists, as well as reacting quickly to emerging issues and identifying opportunities for our spokespeople to contribute to the national conversation.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Combined Authority following the agreement of a devolution deal for West Yorkshire in March 2020 which will see more than £1.8 billion of funding and decision-making powers brought into local control and the election of a West Yorkshire Mayor in May 2021.

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 28 Days Holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free Travel on rail and buses with the M-Card zones 1-5
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Practises with Health & Wellbeing initiatives to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

To apply

If this sounds like your next role; please upload your CV to our online application tool. Then complete the supporting information tab linking your relevant work experience back to the role profile, bringing you CV to life.

You can apply online, by 11:55pm on xx xxxxxxber 2020.

Further Information

Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, subject to the minimum criteria being met.

The Combined Authority’s aim is to attract people from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture and represent the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from everyone regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to inclusivity and will consider requests for flexible working including part time and job share arrangements.

Candidates will be notified of invitation to interview by e-mail and interviews will be carried out either by phone or video interview.

Please note that whilst it is our policy to recruit at SP1 for all appointments, which is the salary stated above, each role includes career salary progression, with incremental increases applicable in most cases, on an annual basis.

Due to the high volumes of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Candidate information will be retained by the Combined Authority for six months unless you make a request for this to be deleted.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are advised that the Combined Authority is currently in consultation with employees and Trade Unions to review the Terms and Conditions of Employment and Staff Benefits.

The detail of the proposals for change, will be discussed with the successful candidate at the point of offer.