Press Officer

Press Officer

A historic charity in London, seek an experienced Press Officer for 3 months, covering permanent recruitment.

Contribute to the media relations strategy and to the achievement of the objectives through communicating the organisation's views on a range of issues to the media in a proactive as well as reactive manner.
Help maintain good relationships with media contacts and establish new links with journalists in local, national, international and specialist media.
Take the lead on delivering allocated press campaigns.
Share responsibility with other members of the media relations team for handling media enquiries and organising events including press briefings.
Liaise regularly with staff in other sections in order to obtain maximum publicity for activities including policy reports, meetings, and the public events programme.
To maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of views and positions on a range of topics, and be alert to opportunities to publicise work.
Brief spokespeople and commentators ahead of press launches or on the background to particular issues in the media, including the organisations position.
To produce media releases and statements, in consultation with other staff and Fellows
Supervision of the assistant press officer on specific projects, as directed by the Head of Media Relations
Work with the social media team to contribute to the social media presence

Educated to degree standard or equivalent will consider any background, provided you meet the other essential criteria.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills.
High level of organisational and time management skills with the ability to multitask.
Good presentation skills.
Understanding of news values and ability to identify stories.
Good knowledge of the media and experience of pitching and securing coverage in a range of media outlets.
Planning, developing and implementing PR strategies.
Ability to interpret, analyse and use data to tell a good story.
Experience of working in a busy press office or newsroom.
Experience of conveying complex specialist information to non-specialists.
Experience of writing news releases and other materials.
Experience of organising press briefings and conferences.
Good IT skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office or equivalent.


The client is considering contract and daily rates. Daily rate wouldbe £137.52 + holiday per day PAYE or £175.38pd Ltd/ Umbrella.