Senior Press Officer

Location
London
Salary
£32000 - £35000 per annum
Posted
23 Apr 2019
Closes
01 May 2019
Ref
14009164/001
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

This prominent membership organisation is a leading professional body for their industry.

Description

  • Maximising national media coverage for core activities and research and policy agenda through placing of stories, distribution of press releases, arranging interviews and drafting of features with journalists
  • Serving as a point of contact for all media enquiries and ensuring a prompt and effective media relations response to relevant news
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key trade, national and business journalists to facilitate strong coverage (print, online and broadcast)
  • Design and deliver an active programme targeting bloggers, influencers and podcast channels
  • Creation and delivery of integrated communications campaigns, working alongside the broader Communications team to align messaging
  • Copywriting for a variety of documents including briefing documents, press releases and reports
  • Contribute to creative brainstorms and the development of media tactics to support the organisation's strategy as required
  • Preparing and running the on-site conference press offices for conferences and events as required
  • Working alongside and providing media advice/support to all departments in line with the overall strategy and priorities of the organisation

Profile

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience working in a busy press office environment and working with national media
  • Confident communicator with excellent writing and interpersonal skills with proven experience of producing high quality communications for media
  • Excellent journalistic skills - proactively identifying, developing and pitching stories and features to secure and widespread media coverage
  • Understanding of social media and non-media influencers
  • Creative approach with a proactive attitude to finding and telling compelling stories
  • Ability to translate complex technical language into plain English to ensure that public understanding of the organisation's work is maximised
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills with ability to engage with journalists and internal and external stakeholders of all levels (including government and local authorities)
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills and ability to work in a high pressure environment
  • Self-motivated and ability to use initiative, but also a strong team player
  • Desirable

  • Experience of working in a policy environment or for a membership organisation

  • Job Offer

    • A salary of between £32,000 and £35,000 commensurate with experience
    • Great benefits package including free daily 2 course lunch, flexible working, plenty of training and development opportunities, exclusive discounts for a range of products and services (including gyms)

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