Communications Manager

Manchester, Greater Manchester, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jul 2021
23 Jul 2021
Full Time
Organisation Type
Government organisation


We are looking for a Communications Manager to join us - the role can be based in either Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Head of Communications and working as part of a small Communications team, you will plan, deliver and oversee RSH’s programme of stakeholder engagement, providing expert advice and working closely with colleagues from across the organisation. You will also take an active role in the Regulator of Social Housing’s media relations and contribute to wider communications and engagement work within the team.

You will have skilled technical knowledge and an in-depth understanding of strategic communications and stakeholder engagement, and previous experience in media relations. To support the wider team, you will also need to have a broad knowledge and understanding of the range of communications disciplines and be able to manage the work of Communications Officers, including managing across communications disciplines, and supporting career development.


Lead on the delivery of a cohesive programme of stakeholder engagement and media activities that help deliver the regulator’s objectives.

Lead work to continuously improve the Regulator of Social Housing’s approach to stakeholder engagement.

Develop and maintain the communications and engagement grid, horizon scan for key sector/government activities and work with teams across the regulator to plan and coordinate publications, announcements and events.

Provide evidence-based tactical advice and support to Board, Executive and the Senior Leadership Team on stakeholder engagement and media.

Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholder organisations, including with media.

Contribute to wider communications activities, including across all communications disciplines, to ensure seamless delivery of RSH’s communications priorities.

Deputise for the Head of Communication as required.

General Information:


Our staff are currently working from home due to COVID restrictions.

RSH’s core offices are in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and London.  Our posts can be successfully carried out from any RSH office unless otherwise specified in the job information.  We offer flexible working arrangements and staff can work from home for part of their hours.

Most roles involve some travel within England between our offices, and some roles also involve onsite visits to social housing providers.

In line with Government requirements to reduce the number of Civil Service and NDPB roles based in London, we only advertise roles in London which need to be there for business-critical reasons.


Interview dates are Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 August and will be held via Microsoft Teams due to the current closure of RSH offices and staff working from home.

Benefits and Salary

We offer a range of excellent benefits; information is available on our website.

The salary for this role is a spot salary within the given range, which will normally be the minimum of the range.  Annual salary reviews are determined by the government pay award. In addition, when the probation period is successfully completed, a performance related bonus may be awarded, based on appraisal ratings at the end of the qualifying appraisal year.

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 UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under 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

Things you need to know

Application process

For more information on the role, please see the attached Role Profile.

To apply, please complete the online application form on the RSH careers site with an anonymised CV which details your employment, education and training history and provide a supporting statement, which will be used in assessing your application. Guidance on the application process is available on the RSH careers site

Blind shortlisting – We carry out blind short listing for all of our vacancies as part of our commitment to Equality and Diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment.

We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, as part of disability confident commitment. 

As an equal opportunities employer we will ensure candidates who reach the bench mark from ethnic minority candidates will be selected for interview.

You should indicate on your application if you want to be considered under these options.  

Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application and interviews held as soon as practical after the closing date.

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