Press Officer

Location
England,London,City of London
Salary
£30000 - £34000 per annum
Posted
18 Jan 2019
Closes
21 Jan 2019
Ref
13984831/001
Contact
Jay Salvemini
Job Discipline
PR & Media
Experience Level
Executive
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Press Officer will be responsible for coordinating and delivering a proactive media and communications programme to promote the organisation and its work.


Client Details

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


Description

Key Responsibilities

* Liaise internally and draft proactive media releases and statements, opinion and comment pieces and letters to editors
* Develop strong relationships with key trade, local and national publications and journalists to facilitate strong coverage
* Log media enquiries, responding or forwarding the responses
* Media monitoring, horizon scanning and evaluation on a regular basis
* Ensuring prompt and effective media relations responses
* Work collaboratively with teams across the organisations and disseminate news coverage internally
* Provide out-of-hours contact and support for media, as part of a rota
* Deliver and evaluate content across a range of channels including websites, intranet and social media
* Proactively create opportunities to promote organisation events and projects
* Contribute to forward planning for the Communications team and support the Communications team with crisis communications as necessary


Profile

Essential

* Demonstrable experience working in fast paced press office environment including writing press releases, opinion pieces and articles
* Experience of forming and implementing media plans and campaigns and creating engaging communications for media contacts
* Strong networking and relationship building skills with ability to engage with journalists and internal and external stakeholders of all levels
* Strong knowledge of UK print, broadcast and online national and regional media
* Confident communicator with excellent writing and interpersonal skills
* Ability to translate complex issues and language into plain English to ensure that public understanding of the organisation's work is maximised
* Creative approach with a proactive attitude to finding and telling compelling stories, and uses initiative to identify opportunities for news coverage using different communications channels
* Able to prioritise and organise workload with minimum supervision using own initiative, sometimes under pressure or dealing with high volumes of work
* A friendly, approachable and confident manner and a good team player with a willingness to cover work across the Communications team as required



Desirable

* Previous experience working within a membership body
* Communications / Public Relations / Media qualification
* A knowledge and interest in the health sector


Job Offer

* A salary of between £30,000 and £34,000 commensurate with experience
* Great benefits package

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