Press Officer

Location
England,London,City of London
Salary
£30000 - £35000 per annum
Posted
09 Oct 2018
Closes
06 Nov 2018
Ref
13946691/001
Contact
Jay Salvemini
Job Discipline
PR & Media
Experience Level
Executive
Sectors
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Press Officer will be responsible for coordinating and delivering a proactive media programme.


Client Details

This leading housing association is part of the G15, a group of the largest housing providers in London helping to transform communities and help people lead independent lives.


Description

* Assist with the delivery of the external affairs strategy, working closely with senior members of the team
* Gather stories and produce creative and engaging content as required, particularly with regard to the organisation's Foundation to help transform communities
* Ensure a prompt and effective media relations response to relevant news, and providing reactive crisis communications support as required
* Develop strong relationships with key trade, local and national journalists to facilitate strong coverage
* Work collaboratively with teams across the organisations including senior leaders to assist in the delivery of effective communication strategies
* Liaise with external stakeholders as required including politicians, local authorities, sector groups, etc
* Provide support at corporate events, campaigns, launches and other media relations events as required
* Provide media advice/support to all departments in line with the overall strategy and priorities of the organisation


Profile

Essential

* Demonstrable experience working in a press team environment and working with national media
* Proven experience of producing high quality communications for media contacts and external stakeholders
* Confident communicator with excellent writing and interpersonal skills
* Excellent journalistic skills - proactively identifying, developing and pitching stories and features to secure and widespread media coverage
* Creative approach with a proactive attitude to finding and telling compelling stories
* Ability to translate complex policy and 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

* Previous experience working within housing, planning, regeneration, community consultation, development, property PR or the charity sector


Job Offer

* A salary of between £30,000 and £35,000 commensurate with experience
* Professional development
* Great benefits package

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