Media and Communications Lead

£30.00 - £40.00 per hour
29 Aug 2017
26 Sep 2017
Verity Slade
Job Discipline
PR & Media
Experience Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
The main duties of the role are below:-

* Effectively managing communications for all of the organisations programme areas.
* Advising programme divisions on media strategy, taking the lead in framing communications, managing stakeholder relations and successfully communicating messaging to diverse audiences.
* Re-writing technical and official documents and publications in a media-friendly and informative manner, and providing marketing advice for their dissemination.
* Identifying multimedia opportunities and contributing to social media outputs to highlight the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat - successful production and dissemination of videos
* Managing media strategy development and engagement ahead of and during ministerial meetings. Providing on-the-ground communications support and coverage, including organising and hosting press conferences.
* Writing press releases, web stories, op-eds and statements and securing international and national media coverage
* Providing communications support for major events - the annual Commonwealth lecture, the London launch of a flagship trade publication, Commonwealth Day etc
* Carrying out pro-active and reactive media activities, including protecting the brand and reputation of the organisation, and responding to daily public enquiries.
* Establishing and maintaining contacts with journalists across the Commonwealth.
* Covering events and creating and writing engaging stories for national and international press outlets

The successful candidate will be experienced and able to demonstrate the below:-

* Experience as a reporter or correspondent in a media organisation-either audio, visual or print journalism
* Media relations
* Writing press releases
* Writing contents for various audiences and channels
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Sound news judgement and news writing.
* Organisational and some administrative skills.
* Creative and strategic thinking.
* Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team and perform well under pressure.
* Experience in covering political, parliamentary, social or economic issues.
* An appreciation and knowledge of international and or diplomatic issues.
* Experience as a press officer or involvement in news management.
* Event management experience.

If this role is of interest please do apply ASAP with an up to date CV highlighting all your relevant experience -I am looking to submit to this role ASAP with a view to the successful candidate starting in the role on the 13th of September

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