Director of Communications

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 23rd January 2022


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£71,000 - £85,000


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area

EHRC - Communications

Type of role

Communications / Marketing

Working pattern


Number of posts



Cardiff, Glasgow or Manchester

About the job



Job description

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is seeking an exceptional Director of Communications to lead their communications function. As Britainís national equality body and a United Nations accredited National Human Rights Institution, the EHRC protects and promotes equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales. It was set up by the Equality Act 2006 as a statutory non-departmental public body and operates independently of governments. It is an expert and authoritative organisation and is recognised as a centre of excellence for equality and human rights law, advice and analysis.

The EHRC has unique legal powers which it uses to challenge discrimination, tackle barriers to equality of opportunity and ensure that everyone can make the most of their rights. Its work is driven by a simple belief Ė if everyone gets a fair chance in life, we all thrive. It works in partnership with other organisations and individuals to achieve its aims, but is ready to take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.


This is a high profile and pivotal role, which requires resilience, adaptability and proven communications experience at a senior level. The successful candidate will need to be able to work under pressure and to lead a team to deliver challenging objectives in a complex environment.

This individual will shape, lead and deliver the Commissionís communication strategy and is responsible for ensuring that the Commission creates and holds a clear and visible public space as the regulator of equality and human rights in Great Britain. A keen eye for risk is critical. You will identify and manage reputational risks and exercise judgement and political acumen. As the most senior communications adviser at the EHRC you will lead your team in providing expert communications advice to the CEO, Chair and the board.

You will have experience of both proactive and reactive communications and a demonstrable ability to mobilise a team to be universally excellent across all the disciplines of communications and stakeholder engagement. You will have the capability to grasp and translate complex, politically sensitive issues at pace into high level, well evidenced and digestible communications. You will be adept at engaging with a diverse audience. You will have a thirst for innovation in communications delivery across all media.



The salary for this role is £71000 - £85000.

Flexible working patterns
Annual leave entitlement of 30 days plus 8 public holidays (pro-rated for part time employees)
Access to Civil Service Pension Scheme and Partnership Pension Schemes
Employee Assistance Programme
Season ticket loans
Employee benefits portal
Payment of professional subscriptions

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Closing date - 11:59pm, 23 January 2022
Longlist - End of w/c 24 January 2022
Shortlist - End of w/c 7 February 2022
Fireside Chats - w/c 14 February 2022
Technical and Panel Interviews - w/c 21 February 2022 in Manchester
Offer - w/c 28 February 2022

Please note these dates are illustrative and could change depending on panel availability.

For a confidential conversation, further enquiries, to view the candidate pack or to apply with a CV please contact our Search Partners, Moloney Search on: 0207 368 5100 or

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm 23rd January 2022.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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