Head of Media Relations

Up to £73171.00 per annum
21 Dec 2020
18 Jan 2021
Mirriam Almashat
Experience Level
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Media Relations - 12 months FTC job - to start ASAP -London £73,000 pa Job

Head of Media Relations - 12 months FTC - to start ASAP -London £73,000 pa

All interviews and on boarding will be held remotely and working remotely during the pandemic. Your new role is working for an International Government organisation based in central London The Head of Media Relations is responsible for managing the media team that consists of two senior communications offers and two assistant communication officers and an internal communications officer, and ensuring that they are effective in raising the profile and its programs in mainstream media: newspapers, radio and television channels. Cultivating and maintaining sound relations with the media across the organisation is essential to improving its reputation, brand recognition and its relevance as an international organisation committed to democratic governance and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Head of Media Relations will ensure that media organisations from across the world are effectively engaged with and informed about the organisation, its work and its role in the international community, and that the work of the organisation is communicated to as wide an audiences as possible.

The Head of Media Relations participates as a core member of the international organisation senior leadership team. Key Tasks will include: -

* Develop and implement a media strategy and workplan - with appropriate indicators of success - as an integral part of the broader divisional communications strategy, to help deliver the Strategic Plan.
* Lead and supervise the Media team so that they engage in proactive communications with the media at all levels - UK-based, national media in organisations member countries, and international media generally.
* Oversee the preparation by the Media team of concise media messages on all relevant topics for use by the Director and Spokesperson - Communications Division and other members of senior management. These messages should be updated on a regular basis.
* Organise press briefings/press conferences for the Secretary-General and other senior management staff as needed.
* Work closely with the other government bodies to ensure that all public messages and activity generated by them is fully consistent with media messages and strategies, and is integrated, planned and executed appropriately.
* Ensure that the Communications Division provides leadership on strategic press and media output, overseeing the development and production of media engagement campaigns, material and programmes.
* Ensure the production - including drafting, as well as editorial oversight - of media advisories, press releases, public statements, presentations, and speeches, ensuring that these products are produced to high standards.
* Ensure the targeted distribution of media advisories, press releases, statements, and speeches of the Secretary-General, ensuring wide coverage across the organisation.
* Seek additional resources for the work of the Communications Division from sponsors and donors.

The Successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the below: -

* You will have extensive experience in Communications/Media roles as well as been able to demonstrate management of Press/Communications teams
* Highly experienced in building relationships with journalists and securing media coverage
* Shows respect and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates understanding in daily work and decision-making.
* Demonstrates balance between directness and diplomacy in negotiations.
* Encourages and supports others in demonstrating cultural awareness when working with others.
* Effectively analyses and assesses new or uncertain critical information.
* Mentors several employees at a senior level.
* Recognises the talent in the Section, seeking to develop, support, and grow it.
* Experience of work directly with senior leaders
* Able to show strong leadership skills and bring a team together
* Manages available resources to meet objectives e.g. by effective and efficient use of budgets
* Keeps abreast of developments in their area of work and takes a proactive approach to adopt or adapt innovative ideas and methods.
* Ideally you will have a journalist background
* Experience of working internationally is bonus
* Abe to write a wide range of engaging content for a diverse audience using multi-channels
* High attention to detail, editing, proofreading, and tailoring content
* Used to working under pressure and delivering to tight deadlines
* Horizon scanning with strong press acumen
* Public Sector or international experience

What you will receive in return: This is a rewarding role with a competitive salary of £ 73,171 plus benefits including 38 days annual leave and generous pension If this role is of interest please do apply ASAP with an up to date word version of your CV highlighting all your relevant t experience and feel free to contact myself for further information or to discuss the role in detail.

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