Communications Officer

Posted by The Office of Data Protection Authority

The Communications Officer provides professional communications expertise and support in specialist areas including media relations, event management, internal communications, online content, publication production, campaign management and internal/external training. The Communications Officer will contribute to raising awareness of information rights and obligations and championing knowledge management. The postholder will contribute to a culture of effective communications and evaluation and response across the ODPA. All employees must be able to perform a variety of tasks and support each other to ensure all essential tasks are completed. Team members must be flexible and able to respond quickly.


• Plan and deliver a full range of communications activities and initiatives in line with ODPA Communication Strategy, with a key focus on creating positive cultural/behavioural change.

• Assist with delivery and review of ODPA Communications Strategy and Strategic Plan.

Develop creative ways to engage people with their legal obligations or raise awareness of people’s rights.

• Keep up to date with current research on young people’s understanding of personal data and their rights.

• Pay attention to any changes globally with respect to how children’s data is looked after and/or their rights protected.

• Provide assistance with print, broadcast and social media handling advice and coaching to senior ODPA staff.

• Encourage proactive engagement with the Bailiwick of Guernsey Data Protection Association (BGDPA) in line with the ODPA Strategic Plan.

• Develop, implement and monitor channels and projects, for example, research, publications, events, internal content, online content, media, campaigns etc. in line with corporate identity and Communications Strategy.

• Working with regulated community business groups and associations on ensuring relevant messages reach their audiences.

• Produce, advise on and edit a wide range of communications materials; identify and fill gaps (e.g., adverts, online content, podcasts, publications, speeches, internal communications etc).

• Support wider ODPA corporate projects by contributing to the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of communication elements.

• Foster good working relationships with suppliers, stakeholders, journalists, press officers, peers etc.

• Effect internal and external partnership working supported by confident presentation of ideas, project plans and updates to departmental, senior executives, corporate and external audiences.

• Assist with management and delivery of ODPA social media presence, newsletters, website and events.

• Assist with the development and implementation of systems, policies and procedures to monitor, edit and improve the ODPA’s website (including content, navigation and structure).

• Assist with the structure of the website and provide advice to those developing material about where to position the content on the site.

• Assist with anticipating and developing user journeys to the content.

• Investigate opportunities for internal and external training initiatives and implement/coordinate as required.

• Continue professional development and attend meetings, conferences and training from time to time locally and in the UK, with some opportunity for European travel.

• When required act as Press Officer – providing a proactive and reactive print, broadcast and social media relations service, including briefing, distribution, monitoring and evaluation.


Application deadline for this role is the 29th of October 2021