£41,720 - £47,850
03 Jan 2014
20 Jan 2014
Full Time

If you have the resilience, passion, news judgement and management experience to lead a press team at the heart of government, dealing with the highest profile issues in one of Whitehall’s busiest press offices, the Home Office may be the place for you. We deal with front page news stories nearly every day, working closely with Ministers to communicate our work to cut crime, reduce immigration and prevent terrorism - policies which never fail to resonate with the public.

No two days will ever be the same and you will be stretched and challenged by joining the management team of one of the most respected communications teams in government. Senior Press Officers lead teams of up to 10 press officers and take responsibility for their direction, output and professional development. You will have frequent contact with ministers and senior officials who will look to your for authoritative advice about media communications issues across the department’s varied, high-profile policy portfolio.

We are looking for experienced and politically-aware candidates with a proven record of working in a fast-paced news or press office environment and who can demonstrate they have the aptitude and experience to lead a team and maintain the Home Office’s exacting standards. And of course they must also be able to spot a good story and translate it into concise, engaging copy for a variety of audiences. The successful candidates will be capable of thinking on their feet, used to working to tight deadlines and able to use their personal authority to influence at all levels. A thorough understanding of the full range of communication channels, excellent relationship-building and networking skills and a willingness on occasion to work outside core office hours will also be important.

The Home Office offers excellent career development prospects, competitive pension and benefits arrangements and extensive professional support networks as you’d expect from a large, progressive employer like the Civil Service.

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Closing date: 20th January 2014.

The Home Office is dedicated to promoting equality, fairness and respect. We will create a working environment where diversity is recognised, valued and celebrated.