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Communications Advisor (FOI)

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  • *Communications Advisor (FOI Specialist) – Permanent – London up to £42,000 per annum or Birmingham up to £37,700 per annum (Based on experience) – National Rail Infrastructure Organisation**

Our client is a national rail contractor working on a high profile rail infrastructure based in Birmingham and London, who are looking for an experienced Communications Specialist who has extensive knowledge of FOI (freedom of Information) to join their team on a permanent basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare briefing materials and written correspondence from Members of Parliament, Peers and senior stakeholders for the leadership team, whilst working and coordinating with colleagues in other teams and functions
  • Deliver the provision of responses to Parliamentary Questions
  • Acknowledge, log, co-ordinate and respond directly to requests for information received by the business under the FOI Act 2000 and EIR 2004; making an assessment on the information held by the organisation, the service areas responsible and whether the information can be disclosed.
  • Formulate written responses to FOI/EIR requests, working with and advising colleagues, senior managers and directors in other directorates to reduce complex materials into a concise form and to agree a final response.
  • Support the wider Public Affairs Team in the delivery of individual campaign and project plans, in order to contribute to the delivery of the public affairs and stakeholder engagement strategies
  • Support the delivery of the senior contact programme and the speaker requests process, creating and maintaining records in order to help provide a systematic engagement plan for the leadership team
  • Assist the Briefings, Correspondence & FOI Manager with internal training workshops; dealing with the logistics, preparing materials and supporting delivery where required, in order to ensure broad understanding across the organisation of FOI and EIR issues.
  • Support the Briefings, Correspondence & FOI Manager in dealing with requesters who are dissatisfied and wish to appeal decisions made in relation to their requests.
  • Assist in preparing submissions to the Information Commissioner’s Office as required.
  • Respond to updates in guidance and legislation, ensuring the business meet requirements through updating policy and procedures in relation to FOI Act and EIR.

Ideal experience required for this role:
Previous Communications and FOI Advisory experience
Must have knowledge of the FOI Act (2000) and EIR (2004)
Knowledge of corporate communications, community engagement, internal communications, social media, PR and media relations
Understanding of government communications processes and UK Parliament process - political awareness and understanding
Knowledge of the planning and parliamentary process is advantageous
Customer relationship management (CRM) databases experience
Understanding of methods for engaging with politicians at a national and local level
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Exceptional IT system knowledge and experience

Please apply immediately as there is a deadline with this role. Ref: 818632

To apply for this role please send through your CV for consideration and we will be in touch should your experience match our criteria. Unfortunately due to high volume we will only be able to contact those who have been shortlisted

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