Corporate Communications Manager

The Football Association (FA)
Location London, UK
Posted 28/11/2018
Closes 12/12/2018
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Marketing & Communications
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Closing Date: 12th December 2018

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role:

As a member of The Football Association Communications Team you will assist and report directly to the Head of Media Relations. The Corporate Communications Manager is responsible for protecting, promoting and developing the reputation of The FA as a world-class organisation.

The role requires high levels of engagement with international, national and regional media as well as strong stakeholder management skills. The Corporate Communications Manager will oversee and manage key objectives for the organisation, including corporate communication matters, sport governance, football disciplinary, partnership and stakeholder activation, as well as driving participation across every level of the game and promoting The FA’s ‘For All’ message. The role also includes mentoring and developing the Corporate Communications Officer.

You will also be responsible for day-to-day press office and support to the wider Communications Team. The role requires some out-of-hours working and may require some travel. Based five days a week at Wembley Stadium, the role also carries spokesperson responsibilities as appropriate.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Proactively protect and promote the reputation of The FA within the media
  • Design, manage, co-ordinate and deliver integrated key communications plans and PR campaigns
  • Expertly and effectively manage incoming media requests
  • Lead communications on key FA priorities, including: governance, Regulation & Disciplinary, participation, inclusion & diversity
  • Develop and maintain trusted working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Work effectively with key internal departments, including Marketing & Commercial to achieve joint organisational goals
  • Expertly and effectively manage crisis communications scenarios
  • Produce media materials including press releases, briefing documents and media guides
  • Written reporting to direct reports and Senior Management Team
  • Provide regular out-of-hours media support to ensure The FA is available and accountable at all times
  • Help support other areas of the FA Communications team when appropriate, across England teams and Campaigns

What we are looking for:

  • Extensive media contacts book
  • Excellent experience of dealing with international, national and regional media
  • Experience of managing PR campaigns and delivering excellent results
  • Experience of working with senior executives and talent
  • Experience of developing and mentoring other members of the Communications team
  • Operating within a multiple internal and external stakeholder environment
  • Flexible approach to working hours
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communications skills
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to write to deadline
  • Relevant and high level experience – specifically within Communications
  • PR/Media qualification/degree
  • CIPR Membership (or equivalent)
  • Excellent knowledge of football and it’s structures at all levels
  • Understanding of social networking and other promotional new media platforms

What we can offer you:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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