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Communications and External Affairs Manager

Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
Hybrid (home-based with one day a week in our office at either Dorchester or Kingston-upon-Thames)
Salary £43,847 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Corporate Services, Marketing
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Job Details

About us

Hastoe owns and manages more than 7,500 homes across the south of England from Devon to Norfolk. We are a social housing landlord and England’s leading rural housing specialist. We deliver small housing developments in partnership with local communities although for historic reasons, we also own some housing in urban areas.

We’re passionate about providing a first-class service for our customers and our colleagues. If you are enthusiastic, pro-active and passionate about making a difference to people’s lives then we want to hear from you.

About the role

This role is hybrid-based and split between home working and either our office in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, or in Dorchester, Dorset.

Working as part of our Communications and External Affairs team, we are looking for someone who can support the diverse needs of our residents, colleagues and our head of service.

Your main duties will include:

  • Managing day-to-day internal and external communications and public affairs activities
  • Providing communications advice, support and training to Hastoe colleagues
  • Editing and leading on the management of our print and digital publications
  • Organising corporate events
  • Managing and supporting our Communications Officer.

About you

You will be someone who has a good understanding of the importance of strategic communications as well as have:

  • Experience of commissioning and managing communications projects
  • Experience as an editor or sub-editor; writing and editing copy for publication
  • Experience of developing communications campaigns
  • Specialist knowledge or training of communication issues
  • Experience of organising events.

It goes without saying you’ll also need to have excellent people skills, be highly-organised and have an eye for detail. You’ll also need to be a self-starter, possess energy and have a passion for helping people.

Benefits provided

We’re all about being flexible and believe work is a thing you do, not a place you go.

Annual Leave:Starting at 25 days, excluding UK Public/Bank Holiday plus 1.5 days complimentary leave, along with the option to purchase additional leave.

Enhanced Pension: Hastoe's employer contributions start at 5% and are based on matching of your own contribution level plus 2%, up to a maximum of 8%.

Other benefits include:

  • Flexible working opportunities.
  • Annual leave increasing with length of service up to a maximum of 28 days (pro rata for part time employees).
  • Discounts for local shops, restaurants and gym membership.
  • Cycle and Car Leasing Scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential phone and online support and resources service with 24/7 access.
  • Health Cash Plan (a type of health insurance).
  • A supportive working environment with ongoing learning and development opportunities.
  • Long Service awards.

A personal note from Gavin Jones, your hiring manager:

“You’ll be joining a small but professional, friendly and supportive team. We offer excellent opportunities to add to your skills and develop your career. We expect high standards but you will enjoy working at the heart of an award-winning housing association that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

How to apply

We will be conducting interviews as the recruitment progresses and may close the vacancy early.

This post is subject to background checks.


Blue Octopus partners with employers from a multitude of different sectors and industries, using our next generation technology and recruitment expertise to help attract, engage and hire the best talent for their unique career opportunities. We know that having the right people in place is crucial to every business’ current and future successes, regardless of the area they operate in.

Over the last decade, our experience has allowed us to specialise in several sectors, including social housing.

Blue Octopus has a strong history of working with social housing providers to help them hire the best talent and improve their talent management processes. This experience, coupled with knowledge developed over time, has allowed us to fully understand both the market itself and the skills required within the sector. We understand that operating at a high standard, efficiently and cost-effectively, is vital for our clients in the Social Housing sector, who provide a much-needed service for their tenants.

Company info
Octo House, 2 Station Road
West Yorkshire
LS21 3HX
United Kingdom

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