Overview: Senior Media Relations Officer job vacancy in London recruiting now
Location: London, United Kingdom
Salary: On call allowance
Employment Type: Permanent
An exciting job opportunity to join as a Senior Media Relations Officer in the Communications Office (Media Relations Team) is available.
If you enjoy the fast-paced world of media, where no two days are the same and you’re looking to develop or enhance your experience in this field, this may be the ideal career path for you!
The Media Relations Team – which forms part of the House of Commons Communications Team – has a varied portfolio of responsibilities that include:
24/7 media enquiries desk and on-call service
Official statements, news releases, media briefings
Media handling advice, including to domestic and Bill committees of the House of Commons
Press Gallery and broadcaster relations
Integrated public-facing campaigns
Commercial filming and recording
Photographic services (including official Chamber images)
Monitoring and reporting on media coverage of the House
Media management and crisis communications around major incidents
The post-holder will work alongside two other Senior Media Relations Officer and within a small but busy team at the frontline for the House of Commons’ contact with journalists.
It will be your job to engage them on corporate affairs and parliamentary procedures, both through reactive reputational media work and proactive external communications. As well as answering incoming media enquiries as part of the desk rota, you will ensure enquiry logging systems are up to date, prepare briefing materials, and be part of a small team that produce daily internal news briefings and weekly business bulletins for journalists. The role will include opportunities to lead and contribute towards proactive communications campaigns around key events for the House of Commons. You will also take part in the out of hours duty media relations rota to provide a 24/7 response service to journalists, which attracts overtime payments.
Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role:
You will be versatile, creative and a committed self-starter. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate a considerable working knowledge of media relations and strong written and verbal communications skills
You will be comfortable working under pressure to tight deadlines, with the skills to produce engaging and accessible copy and information on complex subjects, including but not limited to spokesperson statements, press releases, web stories and articles.
You will have good awareness of the media landscape, experience of news handling and/or responding to media enquiries, providing outstanding customer service.
You will have the ability to remain focused under pressure, organise priorities and tackle complex tasks and issues, with determination in a busy environment.The full criteria and role information can be found on the job description. Please refer to the job description when completing your application.
Annual leave starting at 30 days pro rata
Civil Service Pension scheme
Interest-free season ticket loan
Discounted membership of the in-house gymFurther details can be found on the attached House of Commons Benefits and support document
The next steps
All applications must be submitted on a House of Commons application form
We may ask you to complete a test, presentation or other assessment as a part of the interview process.
All criteria will be assessed at interview stage
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