Head of Strategic Communications
British Embassy - Washington, DC

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Background:
The British Embassy is seeking a world class communication professional to head its Strategic Communications operation.

This is an fantastic opportunity for a recognised leader in communications (Director-level equivalent) to add to their track record of success through the design, development and delivery of holistic communication plans that engage key target audiences and influence US opinion of a range of international policy issues.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategic Communications: Work with a wide network of colleagues across the US and in London to develop and deliver credible multi-platform strategic communication campaigns in support of the British Government's objectives.
Stakeholder Outreach : Develop productive and valuable relationships with potential external partners that support communication objectives and raise the profile of the British Embassy in the US.
Management: Working closely with the Head of Communication, lead, manage and motivate a ten-person strong communication team in Washington, plus a wider network of colleagues in the UK's Consulate-Generals across the US.  Develop the team's professional communication skills and quality control their output. 

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:
Successful candidate will:
Be a leader committed to developing your team and adept at delivering through others.
Be able to demonstrate a track record of collaboratively developing creative campaigns and then delivering them through a team on behalf of some demanding customers.
Have an in-depth knowledge of the full range of communication tools and techniques, and the communication environment within the US.
Congressional, government or public policy experience preferred.  Some knowledge of international policy issues would also be an advantage.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.com . All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

  • A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates.  The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas. 
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The salary range for this position starts at $77,000 annualized.  Actual salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

To Apply:
Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted in a .doc (word) file format by 26 January 2011 to careers@fco.gov.uk. Please note in the subject line of your email "Head of Strategic Communications". Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as required. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we can not guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

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