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Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations)

Employer: Electoral Commission, The

  • Reference: COM/MED/04
  • Published on: Fri 11/08/2017 13:25 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/09/2017 23:45 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 36 hours per week. excluding breaks .
  • Salary: £38,806
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations)

Directorate: Communications and Research

Permanent, full time

Salary: 38,806

Location: London


Are you interested in joining an organisation playing a vital role in the democratic process at an historic time for voters in the UK?

We are currently seeking an ambitious professional communicator to join our team as Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations), an important role central to the successful delivery of the Commission’s objectives.

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.
A modern regulator, operating within a unique and changing political environment, the Commission has a broad and challenging remit to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency in the UK’s democratic processes. In this context, the Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations) is responsible for leading and contributing to the delivery of communication projects and functions, ensuring the Commission engages its range of audiences in effective and innovative ways.

The successful candidate will work with the Media Relations Manager to develop and oversee the Commission’s media plans, balancing the need for competent and organised reactive news handling with innovative proactive approaches, and developing strong relationships with journalists.

Key responsibilities include:

  • producing and executing comprehensive media handling plans and exercising expert judgment to take day-to-day media handling decisions;
  • drafting to a high standard media statements and lines, as well as copy for press releases, comment pieces and features, adopting an appropriate style according to the circumstances;
  • developing innovative and engaging social media content and strategies;
  • briefing and supporting Commission spokespeople ahead of media engagements;
  • evaluating all activities effectively and ensuring lessons and areas for development are identified;
  • working in close partnership with colleagues in the wider communications area, including those handling public enquiries, public affairs activity, marketing and campaigns;
  • building the knowledge required to be an authoritative owner of work within their brief;
  • being prepared to work flexibly including out of hours at times.

The role will be based in London but will require the development of a strong understanding of how devolution is changing politics across the UK. It offers significant opportunities to join other projects and programmes beyond communications activity, enabling further development of the post holder’s skills and experience.

An outstanding and ambitious professional communicator and media relations specialist, the successful candidate will have a solid understanding of the media landscape and a track record of handling challenging reactive news as well as developing innovative proactive approaches. They will have experience of working in a busy press office, first class writing skills, a sharp news sense and excellent judgement.

They will also be confident in advising senior leaders within an organisation; using skills of influence and persuasion in difficult conversations with journalists; and building close and effective working relationships both with colleagues and external stakeholders.

Experience of working either for or with the public sector would be beneficial, as would regulator experience.

This is an exciting time to join the Commission and to be part of driving a new agenda to support our democracy. The Electoral Commission offers excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependent on scheme rules) which include a valuable range of benefits.

To discover more about the role and the Commission, please visit http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/jobs. To arrange a confidential discussion about the role with the Head of External Communications, please contact Abigail Reynolds on 020 7271 0548.

The closing date for applications is 11 September. Interviews for successful applicants are likely to be held on 21 or 22 September.

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