Senior Press Officer

Muscular Dystrophy UK
London (Greater)
£28,000 - £32,000 pa (plus benefits)
04 Dec 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK.  We bring together people affected by more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions. We provide a range of services and opportunities to help people live as independently as possible. We campaign to improve the quality of life of the people across the UK who live with muscle-wasting conditions.   Primary job purpose The Senior Press Officer (Campaigns and Policy) will be responsible for supporting the work of colleagues across the Campaigns, Care and Information team through delivering national, regional and trade media coverage. They will take ownership of the execution of issue-led media campaigns, raising awareness of disability issues and promoting Muscular Dystrophy UK’s lobbying and influencing work.   Main tasks and responsibilities Work with the Campaigns, Care and Information teams, with the support of the PR Manager, to secure consistent national and regional media coverage for the charity’s campaigns and policy work. Launch and deliver press for the national and regional campaigns produced by the Campaigns and Outreach teams, including parliamentary activity in all four UK nations, on health and care issues affecting our supporters. Develop strong contacts with a wide array of relevant national, regional and trade journalists to ensure the organisation’s messages can be delivered to as many audiences as possible. Monitor the media agenda daily, keeping senior team informed of key issues and stories relevant to the charities work. Where relevant, work with colleagues to respond swiftly with comments. Maintain and develop the organisation’s key messaging from the Campaigns, Care and Information teams, ensuring up-to-date facts and positions are available for sharing with journalists and external audiences.   Please see the attached job description for more details. We appreciate the range of skills and experience our staff have to offer. In return for your enthusiasm and commitment we commit to actively developing and supporting you. We also offer a range of benefits including pension, life assurance, season ticket loan, ride to work scheme, health cash plan childcare vouchers and an employee assistance programme. *Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive we will only contact candidates that are shortlisted for interview. Therefore if you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date please note your application has been unsuccessful.