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Surrey County Council has a vacancy for a Senior Media and Public Affairs Officer within its corporate communications team.
The post is one of the most senior media relations positions in the organisation and the successful applicant will be part of a small team providing media relations and digital media advice and support to all departments. While the job requires liaison with officers and councillors at all levels in the council, the majority of the work requires interaction with those at the most senior level.
You will have substantial experience of media relations, strong contacts within the media and first class written skills that will allow you to achieve positive media coverage at the highest level, as well as the experience of tackling difficult reactive media situation and crisis communications. These skills will mean you have the ability to help lead Surrey’s Media and Public Affairs team whatever the challenge. Whether you’re faced with securing Fleet Street coverage for a council initiative or handling the media response to a local crisis you’ll not only be able to handle it, but also lead junior members of the team and give the strategic communications advice the organisation needs.
Given the range of responsibilities local authorities have, this role if extremely diverse. One minute you could be working with the Leader of the Council to publicise a launch with Boris Johnson for a new cycle race, the next you could be working with our fire service to managing the media after a cement mixer has crashed onto a commuter train. Both things the team has had to deal with.
With digital and e-communications now integral to effective media relations you’ll have already used a range of platforms in your professional life. Surrey’s Media and Public Affairs team already utilising YouTube, Twitter and Flickr to communicate with the media and other stakeholders and you’ll be able to step in on day one and hit the ground running. Not only will you know your way round these and similar platforms, but you’ll also have the skills to get the most out of them. For example, you’ll know how to take a high quality photograph as well as how to shoot and edit a video for YouTube. With the team continually looking for new and creative ways to develop its work, we’ll also be looking to you to take us to the next level.
Closing date:9 May 2013
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