News Officer

Winfrith, Dorset, DT2 8DZ
Commencing at £21,999 - or £25,656 if already fully proficient in role - up to a maximum of £30,180.
17 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
Full Time
Contract Type

Dorset is a diverse county - from vibrant towns like Bournemouth, to coastline and rural communities. Whether explaining our modernisation plans or responding to major events, communicating for Dorset Police is always challenging and satisfying.

As a member of the Communications & Engagement Department you’ll be faced with a busy, rewarding environment that requires an intelligent and innovative approach. We are seeking passionate professionals with a background in media or corporate communications, who will help us to improve our service to officers, staff and the wider public and, in doing so, make a genuine difference to Dorset’s communities.

Communications roles in the public sector are rightly under financial scrutiny, so our activity must have a meaningful and measurable impact on policing. Your work must achieve operational outcomes; such as increasing public safety, reducing crime or improving how people can influence local policing, and deliver organisational priorities; such as creating buy-in for a change project or improving our performance.

News Officer (Grade E – F, £21,999 - £30,180 DOE, plus on-call allowance)

Our News Officers manage all reactive communications, both operational and corporate. Every year they deal with thousands of media enquiries and issue hundreds of proactive news releases and appeals.

This is the perfect job for an experienced media officer looking to move to an exciting and fast-paced environment where your releases will make the headlines every day. Or perhaps you are a senior journalist who wants to use their skills and passion for news to help people and make a real different to communities in Dorset?

You must be able to work quickly under pressure across traditional media and digital channels. You must have excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and the confidence to advise and persuade both colleagues and journalists. When trained, you will also have to work on-call 24/7 as part of a rota and be willing to drive your own car for this.

Closing date: 31st October 2016 at 1200 hours. Interview date: 8th November 2016.