Press / Media Officer

London, South East England
23 Jul 2017
22 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Press / Media Officer: An experienced, energetic Press / Media Officer is required to work with external and internal stakeholders to grow this not-for-profit organisation's presence in both the general and Christian media. The Press / Media Officer should be passionate about the company and its purpose; a high-profile advocacy organisation campaigning for a Christian understanding of society. As the Press / Media Officer, you will increase the impact and clarity of the organisation's message, in line with strategic objectives.

Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Press / Media Officer will assist the Church Communications Team in communicating campaigns, legal cases and issues of interest to the organisation's Christian supporters. The ideal Press / Media Officer will improve internal processes, maximising the efficiency with which the story is told to the public.

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative Press / Media Officer to join and grow with this organisation as it develops its communications structure and launches a new website.

- Be the first point of contact for all enquiries, respond to interview requests / requests for comment
- Develop ongoing relationships with the media / journalists
- Facilitate new opportunities to increase media profile of issues
- Oversee media coverage and secure copies / recordings of media appearances
- Assist spokespersons ahead of interviews / appearances
- Reinforce key messages of the organisation, plan and manage various stories / key talking points for maximum public impact and assist with reputational risk management
- Produce news releases and commission relevant assets to boost impact
- Liaise with church communication team - to ensure the appropriate communication of cases / campaigns and ensure maximum impact of story amongst supporters

Skills and experience:
- Educated to degree level, or equivalent experience
- At least 2 years proven experience working in media facing / PR role
- Proven ability to innovate and initiate new media coverage opportunities
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills, able to tailor messages to different audiences and spot opportunities to gain coverage of these messages
- Able to accurately produce and proof-read material
- Assertive with a willingness to challenge prejudice and defend organisational reputation
- High standard of office IT skills
- Excellent time management skills - able to manage multiple projects and hit deadlines
- Passionate about the organisation's campaigns and legal cases and willing to represent them
- Committed to Christian beliefs
- Willing to work flexibly including working / being 'on call' out of normal office hours, from time to time

- Experience of working with 'story arcs' and media grids
- Experience of media monitoring tools and platforms and providing media training / rehearsal
- Good working knowledge of social media / web publishing platforms

There is an occupational requirement that the successful candidate be a practising Christian, committed to living in accordance with the organisation's statement of faith.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, ambitious Press / Media Officer with strong self-management skills, interested in working for this organisation which engages in Christian advocacy and campaigning and provides legal support to Christians who face challenges because of their religious identity. Competitive salary + genuine career development opportunities + lovely central London location + other benefits. Apply now for more details!