I’m really excited and happy today as I am now officially the councils Digital Communications Manager (Strategic Lead) which has a range of responsibilities including the management of the corporate website and intranet, so in a way I’m also the corporate web manager.
The purpose of the post is to support the Council to develop strategies and deliver innovative solutions for the effective deployment of new technologies to engage and involve citizens and encourage greater democratic and community participation.
The role itself is based within Corporate Communications which means I have now formally left corporate ICT, although still very much have a role in informing and influencing the strategic direction of the web channel and I’m probably considered even more of a geek by my communications colleagues
The post has a number of opportunities and challenges which I’m already starting to get my teeth into and what is even better is I won’t be alone, I’m managing a team of 6 web colleagues who now form the Web and Digital Communications Team, which is a consolidation of directorate and corporate web development teams (exception being the main ICT web team).
The three main priorities for the team are:
- Corporate Website
- Business Application of Social Media (this also includes training and awareness of staff and members)
- Digital Engagement and Participation
- Open and Linked Data