Press and Communications Officer

London (Central), London (Greater)
£36,250 plus out of hours allowance of c£4,000 per annum
19 Dec 2018
13 Jan 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

This is an exciting and challenging post that involves a wide range of communications functions – press and media handling, as well as internal and external communications (including social media).

The role offers a high level of access to Ministers and senior figures including the Director General of the AGO. Working closely with the Head of Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for briefing Ministers and senior leaders on emerging media issues and our response.

The AGO’s portfolio touches on the most high profile and sensitive legal and criminal justice issues in the UK today. The successful candidate will be responsible for crafting cross-government communications and liaising with stakeholders across Whitehall including No.10 (Downing Street), Ministry of Justice, Department for Exiting the EU, and the Home Office.

You will also be responsible for line managing the Head of the Correspondence Team. This team handles all correspondence, Freedom of Information requests, and Cabinet Committee work.  You will be responsible for managing their performance and development. This is a great opportunity to develop line and team management experience.

The role would suit someone looking for experience of central government communications or an existing civil servant seeking higher level experience of working across the full suite of communications disciplines and ministerial support.

You will be supported to fast-track your career in a busy, interesting and welcoming office where learning and development is a central offer. Each day brings new challenges and opportunities to develop your communications skills and as you progress you will be trained in a range of fields.

The successful candidate will need to be able to work well under pressure and will be expected to participate in the out of hours duty rota, for which an allowance is paid. Above all, we are looking for someone who is confident and capable in media handling.

Your job in the Communications Team will include:

  • working closely with ministers’ private offices and other colleagues to plan and implement media strategies, including organising interviews, visits, and announcements to support Ministerial priorities.
  • working with other organisations and stakeholders to develop relationships and deliver effective communications through joint working.
  • using your stakeholder insight to help select appropriate and relevant speeches and events to attend, in line with ministerial priorities.
  • providing timely proactive and reactive media handling advice to ministers and senior officials.
  • aligning communication objectives to organisational objectives, ensuring all communication plans and activities directly underpin delivery of the Attorney General’s work.
  • identifying opportunities for proactive work.
  • managing a communications officer, including their workload, performance and development and their management of the correspondence team.
  • contributing to the delivery of the intranet, including writing, checking, advising on and publishing content.
  • The opportunity to engage with staff groups to shape how the AGO delivers/supports its people.

Full details on how to apply are included in the supporting document.

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