Senior PR & Media Relations Officer

Big Society Capital
London, EC4A (currently remote working)
£35,000 - £38,000 (depending on experience)
Closing date
17 Jun 2020

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Overall Purpose of the Role: Big Society Capital has an important role to play in raising awareness and advancing understanding of social impact investment in the UK, and helping to build the movement. We are looking for an enthusiastic Senior PR & Media Relations Officer with a passion for a good story who wants to help make the world a better place, as well as helping us to build our reputation and promote social impact investment.

As a member of the Communications team, you will lead on our work with national, trade and financial sector journalists (written, broadcast and online) to grow awareness of Big Society Capital and of the social impact investment movement, targeting our key audiences which range across asset owners (eg pension funds), asset managers and the social sector. Working with colleagues across our organisation and external corporate partners, you will shape effective communications plans, using traditional and digital channels.

To be successful in the role, you will need to be able to translate quite complex thinking into straightforward messaging and hooks to engage our audiences. You should be capable of striking the right balance of strategic thinking and rigorous execution, and keeping an ear-to-the-ground for opportunities to raise our profile and improve understanding of what we do and why we do it. We are a collaborative, agile team so we need someone with a can-do attitude, willing to roll their sleeves up and unafraid to ask for help when needed. As Senior PR & Media Relations Officer you will be responsible for:

PR & Media Relations

Managing the press office; dealing with ad hoc enquiries, the preparation and distribution of press releases, pitching for coverage, maintenance and extension of media contacts, media briefings and monitoring media coverage

Person profile

Essential experience

• Strong and relevant external communications experience

• First-hand understanding of UK national print, broadcast and digital media including social media, ideally with relevant journalist contacts

• Experience of financial services or investment management (in-house or agency)

• Proven track record of achieving positive media coverage and extending the reach of

an organisation

• Media monitoring and evaluation

• Good knowledge of and comfort with digital communications, social media and emerging

digital platforms Desirable experience

• Experience of working in social investment/impact investment or broader financial services Skills, abilities and attributes

• Engaging writer across different media, with the ability to make the complex simple and strong attention to detail

• Creative flair and a natural storyteller with the ability to bring ideas to life

• Collegial, team player with a supportive approach and desire to be part of a close-knit team

• Genuine enthusiasm for the news, pitching and getting coverage

• Passionate about making a positive difference by helping to improve the lives of people in the UK

• An appetite for continual learning and development of skills and expertise

• Developing relationships with key media outlets

• Spotting, developing and selling in media stories

• Writing and editing content for a range of channels, including opinion pieces, blogs, press releases and corporate communications

• Developing and writing high quality impact stories and maintaining the library of these (with scope for video)

• Working closely with Communications team colleagues on the creation of communications

plans for the organisation, key theme areas and for individual projects within the key themes Social Media

• Working with the Senior Digital Marketing & Communications Officer in driving engagement through social media channels Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation

• Monitoring coverage and preparing data for evaluation to guide future activity Compliance

• Reviewing financial promotions and ensuring compliance with regulations Internal Communications

• Supporting colleagues to understand and promote key messages, including new joiners

• Helping with development and supporting on implementation, specifically keeping colleagues up to date on trending stories Brand/Reputation Building

• Coordinating attendance/speaking opportunities at relevant conferences and events to help raise profile and understanding of social impact investment and Big Society Capital

Salary and terms of employment

• This is a permanent, full-time role (open to flexible working)

• All applicants must have an existing Right to Work in the UK

• Salary of £35,000- £38,000 (depending on experience)

• Big Society Capital is committed to being a diverse organisation that is truly representative of the communities we serve. We are an equal opportunities employer with an inclusive environment where all employees can contribute to their fullest potential


• To apply. Please visit: by midday on Thursday 18th June

• Interviews will be held in late June - early July 2020.

All Big Society Capital staff are currently working from home. We will be as flexible as possible in light of any COVID-19 priorities and challenges which you may be facing.

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