Head of Media Relations
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Starting salary depending on experience: £51,073 – £66,094 pa
Contract: Permanent, Full-time (35 hours per week)
Work Location: Chelsea, London
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations. We are world leaders in identifying cancer genes, discovering cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy. Together with our hospital partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide.
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has an exciting opportunity for a top-level science communication professional to take over the leadership of its highly regarded media relations team. This is a rare chance to work alongside some of the world’s most brilliant cancer researchers in promoting cutting-edge science in areas such as cancer evolution, genetics and drug discovery.
The Head of Media Relations will be a central member of the ICR’s innovative and creative Communications directorate. The post will be responsible for developing and implementing a fresh media relations strategy for the ICR, making use of press releases, exclusives, targeted pitches and a programme of reactive communication. Priorities will be to deliver media coverage that can boost the profile of the ICR as an organisation and support its expanding fundraising activities.
The Head of Media Relations will be expected to deliver positive media coverage across a range of priority media outlets, to protect the ICR’s reputation and to lead on emergency response planning across the directorate. We are looking for someone who cares about the way that medical research is covered by the media, can be creative and innovative in their approach to communications, and is comfortable providing strong leadership in a busy and at times pressurised environment.
Building relationships with journalists, the ICR’s scientists, and partners internally and externally is crucial to the role. You will need to get across complex messages about the ICR’s research, so a degree in a scientific subject is essential. You will also have substantial experience in media relations and ideally journalism, and an understanding of communication in a voluntary-sector environment.
To apply and for more information please click on the 'Apply' button to go to the ICR website.
Closing Date: 2nd October 2016
First interviews will be held on the week of the 10th October.