Junior Press Officer
Junior Press Officer
£33,650 - £38,008
The Home Office is looking for ambitious, talented and motivated junior press officers to join our teams and shape the news agenda on some of the most high profile issues in government.
Our stories are often at the top of broadcast news bulletins, trend on twitter and regularly splash in the press. Successful candidates could find themselves supporting team members who are managing media on a Home Secretary visit, taking journalists behind the scenes at a busy port to showcase border security or ‘fire fighting’ some of the toughest stories in government.
This is a rare opportunity to be at the forefront of communications in one of Whitehall’s busiest press offices. That is why we need confident, creative communicators who quickly can get to grips with fast moving and difficult issues and demonstrate their talent at the highest level.
As an Assistant Information Officer (AIO) on one of our teams you will be involved in communicating Home Office policies and operational activity on areas that are a vital part of Government business. Your role will, to a certain extent, depend on the team you join, but you might expect it to include:
• supporting the organisation of Ministerial interviews, visits, announcements and publicity around speeches and events;
• developing the ability to provide timely proactive and reactive media handling advice to ministers and senior officials;
• being trained to effectively brief journalists accurately and with authority;
• working closely with ministers’ private offices, officials and communications colleagues to assist in the planning and implementation of media strategies across a broad range of media outlets including specialist, lifestyle, online and other new media;
• support in the planning of communications activity across all disciplines to maximise our impact and negotiating with private offices and Number 10 on timing and handling plans; and
• developing an understanding of issues across the department enabling you to play an effective part in the wider press office team.
You will be working in a team who are committed, politically savvy and come from a variety of backgrounds, making the office a vibrant energising place to work where individuals’ ideas are championed. The post calls for flexibility, excellent time management and prioritisation skills, and importantly the ability to work as part of a team. You may already be in your first job in communications. Or you may never have worked formally in a communications role but be able to demonstrate the required skills picked up through your studies, volunteer work or other avenues. The Press Office is keen to cultivate its staff and asks individuals to be proactive in their own development. Colleagues are encouraged to take advantage of the many training opportunities available, both in the department and across the government communications network.
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Closing date: Wednesday 28th June 2017