Press Officer

Recruiter
NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE TRUST
Location
London (Greater)
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
04 Nov 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Organisation and Programme
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once in a lifetime experience for 16 and 17 year olds – they take part in outdoor activities, meet new people and have the chance to give something back to their communities. Through NCS, their confidence grows as they learn new skills that they can put on CVs and university and college applications.

NCS runs across England and Northern Ireland in the summer and during academic breaks in autumn and spring. It is a flagship voluntary programme for 16 and 17 year olds, which aims to create:

  • A more engaged society – by enabling young people to work together on social action projects in and with their communities
  • A more cohesive society – by mixing young people of different genders, places, ethnicities, religions, abilities, and socio-economic and educational backgrounds with each other and older generations
  • A more responsible society – by supporting young people’s transition to adulthood through personal social development, challenging activities and guided reflection.

NCS is a Non-Profit Community Interest Company established by the Cabinet Office to drive and deliver the NCS Programme. NCS has grown rapidly since the Programme was piloted in 2011 and 2012, and an estimated 93,000 16 and 17 year olds took part in NCS in 2016.

NCS is headed by a dynamic Chief Executive Officer, Michael Lynas, who has contributed to the creation of the vision and early delivery of the Programme which Government now requires to be expanded exponentially over the next five years.

Current annual turnover exceeds £200M GBP. NCS is in the process of becoming a Royal Charter Body.

David Cameron has recently been appointed the Chair of the Patrons.

Role Description
We are looking to recruit a talented Press Officer to join our growing PR and Communications Team. This brand new, critical role presents a perfect opportunity for a passionate, professional seeking a new challenge.

Your role
You’ll be responsible for the management of our newly formed in-house press office which underpins our PR and communications strategy to engage young people, parent/guardians and key stakeholders in NCS.

Activities will range from proactive and reactive communications for the Trust which involves responding to a diverse range of stories that transpire locally right through to national media stories of interest.

About you
This is a superb opportunity for someone already in a press office role or perhaps a solid SAE/AM looking for development. Reporting into the Head of PR and Corporate Communications, the ideal candidate will bring enthusiasm, drive, creativity to develop and be the first port of call for our newly formed in house press office.

You will have:

  • Roughly 3-4 years’ experience working as part of a fast-paced consumer and/or corporate press office, preferably agency gained
  • Knowledge of a wide range of media (national, regional, consumer, online) with excellent relationships with key national media. Regional/local media contacts would be desirable but not essential
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, highly self-motivated and be able to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Be able to develop relationships across the Trust to ensure comprehensive support for the launch of new initiatives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in managing PR at events and liaising with event management teams
  • Great organisational skills with experience of managing a range of tasks and projects with competing deadlines

Key responsibilities
Assist the in house PR team to develop creative PR plans to drive awareness of NCS and support each phase of the the programme, particularly from a regional and local perspective

  • Draft copy, press releases, PR content and reactive statements in a timely manner
  • Work closely with our agency partners to proactively secure positive editorial coverage through case study placement, news and feature generation
  • Project manage small media relation projects and campaigns
  • Establish strong working relationships with a wide range of media and respond to media enquiries in a timely manner
  • Monitor the media, in partnership with monitoring agencies, to identify opportunities, allies and detractors for the programme
  • Contribute to the wider communications programme as required, liaising in particular with the marketing, social and stakeholder teams
  • Maintain an awareness and understanding of the emerging news agenda and align communications activities to respond to high-profile media interest to uphold the reputation of the Trust and maintain confidence amongst key stakeholder groups

Location: The role is based in West London

Salary: Competitive, based on skills, experience and organisational fit.

How to apply
Please apply via the button below.

Your covering email should:

  • Include the job title in the subject line
  • Make clear the role you are applying for
  • Outline how you satisfy the specific requirements we list above
  • Say what attracts you to NCS and to this role
  • What makes you the right candidate for this role

Please note there will be at least two rounds of interview for this position

NCS is an Equal Opportunities Employer, embracing diversity and inclusion.