Assistant Director News and Media

Salary: £67,249 - £75,389pa (due to increase in line with national pay award) 

Hours: 36.25 hours per week (flexible options are available), includes occasional evening and weekend working 

Contract: Permanent  

Location: Manchester City Centre 

Advert closing date: 8th November 2023 (Interviews mid-November)


Our offer: In return for your hard work, we offer our employees a competitive reward package can find out more about here: GMCA offer - Green book.docx


Click here to view role profile: AD News and Media.docx


Your role: 


An opportunity has come up for a senior strategic communications professional to join a multi-award winning team at the heart of one of the most exciting city regions in the country.


As Assistant Director of News and Media at Greater Manchester Combined Authority you’ll be in a pivotal senior role helping set, and communicate, the agenda for the organisations sitting at the heart of Greater Manchester’s ten year vision for a greener, fairer and more prosperous place and its ambitious new devolution deal.


You’ll work closely with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, as well as the Chief Executive and directors of GMCA, the Chief Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and the leaders and chief executives of the ten councils here.


You’ll lead both a team of news and media professionals and a wider communications and engagement team looking after broader thematic portfolios. You’ll also work closely with partners spanning all sectors in Greater Manchester



About you:


We’re looking for someone who will enjoy working in a very fast paced and high profile news and media environment. But we also want someone who can manage a complex range of clients, priorities and activities, which may change over time as the organisation and its role develop. And someone who cares deeply about looking after their team’s wellbeing and development. 


In return we offer a role in a high performing organisation and well regarded organisation, with an attractive package of benefits including flexible working, generous annual leave, training and development and the opportunity to expand your boundaries beyond one ‘traditional’ organisation.


About us: 

As an employer, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of a number of key Greater Manchester strategic functions and service providers including; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS); Waste and Resources; Environment; Work and Skills; Research; Public Sector Reform; Police, Crime and Criminal Justice; Homelessness; the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and the Commissioning Hub. 


We value the diversity of our employees, and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, Trans status and Non-binary identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability. 


To find out more about working for us please click here:



To arrange an informal chat with Director of Communications and Engagement Claire Norman please contact Lisa Conroy on 07973 876308 / 



Mandatory Information: 




Employees on the redeployment register will be given priority for any vacancies in the first instance. If employees are identified as a match from the register then the vacancy may be withdrawn or put on hold pending an outcome. 


For this opportunity, you must be able to prove you have the right to work in the UK - if in doubt please visit the following link Employers' right to work checklist - GOV.UK ( Please note we are not a licenced sponsor. 



Hybrid working 


This role is part of GMCA’s hybrid working scheme. As part of our commitment to ‘Build Back Fairer’ in Greater Manchester following the Covid-19 pandemic, we have evolved our management methods by trusting and empowering staff to deliver their work in the best way that suits the business and their individual needs, and supports health and wellbeing. Our hybrid working policy sets out a flexible approach, combining attendance at our Manchester city centre office and Fire Service Headquarters in Swinton with remote working, typically from home; the location of work is primarily dictated by the needs of the business: ‘Do what is right for you and the business on that day. If appointed to the role you will work with your manager to agree and regularly review the best working pattern for you, your team and your work. 



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Assistant Director News and Media
Location: GMCA