Head of Media

Recruiter
Rethink Mental Illness
Location
Vauxhall
Posted
15 Mar 2019
Closes
24 Mar 2019
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for people affected by mental ill­ness. Every year we directly support almost 60,000 people across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. With mental health higher than ever on the public agenda there has never been a better time to join us. We are passionate about making sure the voice of people severely affected by mental illness and their carers is heard in the growing public debate on mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness are recruiting for a Head of Media to lead our press office. Reporting to the Associate Director for Communications, Marketing and Membership, the Head of Media will be responsible for identifying media opportunities, promoting and raising the profile of the charity's work, and dealing with high profile reactive and proactive media enquiries. The Head of Media will have an in-depth knowledge of UK media and have extensive experience of developing and delivering creative and impactful media plans and campaigns.

About The Role:

  • You will develop strategies that raise the profile of Rethink Mental Illness and deliver creative and impactful media plans and campaigns
  • You will build and develop positive relationships with journalists, maintaining and enhancing the charity’s reputation as a reliable source of information on mental illness
  • You will lead on the development of key messages based on our policy positions and campaigning work, working closely with the policy and campaigns team to ensure all media work is integrated across organisation wide campaigns and events
  • You will lead the Media Team to produce effective, compelling media materials and provide a proactive and reactive press office
  • You will act as a media spokesperson for Rethink Mental Illness and identify and train others to act as spokespeople. You will be confident in speaking to print journalists and representing the charity in broadcast media interviews
  • You will develop measurable and meaningful targets and effective monitoring techniques, evaluating and reporting on the impact and outcomes of our media campaigns

About You:

  • You will have extensive experience in managing media relations at a senior level
  • You will have demonstrable experience of developing and delivering creative and impactful media plans and campaigns
  • You will have a proven track record in building relationships with journalists and media professionals
  • You will hold a degree in a subject relevant to the post, such as journalism or media relations, or have equivalent knowledge gained through in-depth experience
  • You will be committed to innovation that improves the quality and effectiveness of our media plans and campaigns

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual increments to top of pay scale
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • 33 days annual leave including statutory/bank holiday
  • "Your Rethink Day"- Have your birthday off
  • Where appropriate paid eye test plus up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses
  • Excellent career development opportunities

Interviews will be held week commencing Monday 22nd April.

We reserve the right to change the closing date depending on the number of responses received. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process.

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