PR and Communications Officer

Hamlin Knight - Recruitment Specialists in Human R
09 May 2017
07 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My client is an award-winning international humanitarian charity offering a range of life-saving humanitarian solutions in over 30-crisis hit countries. They are one of the fastest growing charities in the sector, and have transformed countless numbers of lives and empowered communities around the globe.

Main responsibilities:
They are recruiting a PR & Communications Officer to join their busy Marketing team to provide creative, flexible and measurable communications to meet the overall aims of the organisation, developing and delivering these through a range of channels so as to strengthen the external profile of the charity with key stakeholders, funding bodies, supporters and within the Third Sector in general.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:
*Establish and execute the PR strategy in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team.
*Be responsible for any press enquiries and manage them by drafting responses or ensuring appropriate responses have been made
*Meet the deadlines set by media partners and management
*Identify, build and maintain relationships with key local, regional and national media outlets - creating a database of contacts and coverage
*Working with other departments, develop activities and any special projects required to promote or protect the reputation of the charity.
*Where applicable engage external PR agencies and freelancers to pitch for key brand campaigns, and sell-in stories to media outlets
*Maintain and enhance a positive news flow across the group's activities both internally and externally, on the website and for emails
*Facilitate all individual executive profiles, interview requests, speaker opportunities, company features in trade press, and programme publicity in the consumer market in line with the group's overall positioning and strategy to project a positive image.
*Proof check communications work produced by the marketing team
*Draft written communications, like Annual Reports, Press Releases, Q&A documents, news stories and staff profiles.
*Monitor on emergency humanitarian situations and disseminate reports, internally and externally, during emergency or crisis states.

Qualifications and experience:
*A Bachelor's degree in a related subject and at least 2 years of experience in a similar role.
*Proven experience in copywriting or in the PR/Media environment
*Organisational skills and initiative,
*Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications,
*Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritise a complicated workload,
*Knowledge of Islamic financial matters (Zakat, Wakf, Qurbani etc.) is an advantage.
*Knowledge of additional languages, Arabic and Urdu is an advantage.

Person Specifications:
*Excellent verbal and written communicator, with strong interpersonal skills
*Customer focus and the ability to deal with and take ownership and solve complex customer issues
*Excellent organisational, time management and multi-tasking skills
*Displays high energy and able to motivate self and others
*Have a positive, can-do and resilient attitude
*Able to manage others and drive high performance in their teams
*Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
*Self-motivated with an ability to work independently as well as part of a team
*Must prioritise and manage multiple high priority tasks.
*Tolerant of the views and opinions of others