Senior Press Officer

England,London,North West London
£170.00 - £200.00 per day
03 Sep 2019
01 Oct 2019
Verity Slade
Job Discipline
Communications, PR & Media
Experience Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Press Officer -North West London -3 Months could be extended £170-£200 per day to start ASAP

The post holder will be adept at drafting high quality content, which will make an impact across a range of communications channels for diverse audiences. In addition, the post holder will be competent in dealing with complex scientific issues and statistical data and can explain this information clearly to non-scientific audiences. Capable of taking a strategic approach to provide expert communications advice, the post holder will also have a strong news sense - identifying and developing proactive communications, particularly digital. Strong influencing and negotiating skills are essential, enabling the post holder to deal effectively and persuasively with stakeholders, as well as the media. In addition, being social media savvy is essential, as is working well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

The post holder's main duties will be:-
* To provide strategic communications handling advice to National Infection Service colleagues both nationally and regionally.
* To manage and motivate a small team of communications officers.
* To draft clear, high quality content for a wide range of channels and audiences.
* To ensure content is underpinned by sound use of data and intelligence wherever appropriate.
* To identify opportunities across the National Infection Service portfolio for developing quality proactive communications output, as well as identifying any potential reputational risks.
* To manage and support communications around high profile marketing campaigns.
* To manage proactive and reactive media communications, including:
* To act as a point of contact for incoming enquiries from journalists and to develop timely responses in line with corporate view;
* To proactively sell in stories to the media - press and broadcast;
* To monitor the range of media channels, including press and digital, and respond to any inaccurate or misleading content particularly where there is a reputational risk;
* To build and maintain good relations with key journalists;
* To co-ordinate any broadcast bids and provide support to spokespeople undertaking interviews;
* To participate in an out-of-hours on-call rota that covers national media issues.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the below: -
* Educated to degree level in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in specialist area.
* Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary communications role, particularly across digital, developing quality content for a range of channels and audiences.
* Experience of working across sensitive and challenging situations/issues, showing diplomacy, tact and a proven track record of using negotiating and influencing skills to achieve outcomes.
* Experience of building good relationships with stakeholders a range of organisations including local authorities, government departments, voluntary organisations, charities and health providers.
* Experience of working in a busy communications office, demonstrating a sound knowledge of how media works and developing good relationships with journalists
* Good knowledge of the workings of government including local government, current government priorities and agenda or the wider public sector
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, capable of explaining complex and challenging information clearly and concisely for a diverse range of channels and audiences
* Ability to handle crisis communications

If this role is of interest, please do apply ASAP with an up to date word version of your CV highlighting all your relevant experience

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