Are you an enthusiastic press officer or journalist who would love the challenges involved in working for a busy national organisation? If you fancy offering media and PR advice to Acas’s top officials on reactive breaking stories and dealing with proactive PR campaigns then please read on!
Acas are workplace experts. We work with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships. This has included playing a key role during the pandemic to provide workplace expertise and we are also well-known for dealing with large scale workplace disputes such as the junior doctors’ dispute.
We are looking for a proactive self-starter who is a team player with a sharp news sense, excellent media judgement and enjoys getting to know journalists to help them shape their stories.
If you value autonomy and control in a job and love to see your own creative ideas in action then the friendly communications team based at London Victoria near Whitehall could be the right match for you.
You will assist in handling hundreds of media calls a year that range from a simple factual request for information to an in-depth radio or TV interview. You will also get involved in our proactive campaigns to help promote our advice, research papers and thought leader work to the media whilst maintaining our impartial reputation.
This is a full-time permanent role at Acas National five days a week and regular travel to Central London at short notice is a key requirement of the role. Our press officer role has the job title Media Manager, which reports to the Senior Media Manager who heads up the media team.
- Promote Acas stories to the media and maintain its reputation as impartial workplaces experts;
- Help to deliver a high quality reactive media handling service including regular monitoring of news stories, dealing with media queries and interview bids; contributing to and taking part in the out-of-hours duty rota;
- Work to short deadline to draft press lines in response to journalist queries;
- Advise and support regional colleagues on best practice in PR;
- Leading, creating and delivering effective external campaigns and evaluating results;
- Build and maintain professional relationships with national, regional and specialist media outlets and stakeholders / partners;
- Provide necessary additional support to the Senior Media Manager as required.
For further details and to apply:
Please click on the apply button below for the full job advert and details on how to apply. You will be re-directed to the civil service jobs website advert which will have the full job description (JD) a link to an online application form.
The form will have sections to insert details from your CV and an opportunity to give a personal statement that allows you to give evidence against the essential criteria for this job:
- Experience of working as a press officer or journalist;
- Experience of writing press notices, press statements, lines to take and press packs;
- Good written and oral communication skills and ability to write clearly, concisely and accurately;
- Experience of monitoring and evaluating media coverage;
- Self-starter who can work independently and can prioritise to deliver to short deadlines in a busy work environment;
- Experience of dealing with journalists and promoting stories to the media;
- Experience of briefing senior officials on media handling and interviews;
- Experience of producing a communications plan or strategy with clear objectives and evaluating results against targets;
- Experience of advising on an audience-based approach for proactive communication including the best media channels to reach people and drafting key messages;
- Experience of handling urgent broadcast interview bids and accompanying spokespeople to London-based studios.
For any questions about the role, please feel free to get in touch with Shumon Ali-Rahman at [email protected]
Deadline for applications is 3pm 24 January 2022