Media & PR Officer

Job Title: Media & PR Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £33000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-03-22 00:00:00
Reference: 775109423
Contact Name: Suzanne Patel
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 22, 2019 15:06

Job Description

Healthcare regulator is seeking an experienced Media & PR Officer to join their Communications team at their London offices.The Media & PR Officer will assist the External Affairs Manager to ensure the smooth running of the organisations media and public relations function. Duties will include:
  • To provide assistance in the delivery of the media function, including the production and distribution of press releases and liaising and responding to queries from journalists
  • To provide public relations and media support to the organisation, ensuring announcements are communicated effectively and providing support as required
  • Supporting departments with writing weekly media alerts, liaising with journalists at hearings and acting as the first response to journalist queries and issuing news releases as required.
  • To build effective relationships with professional body journal editors and relevant media as necessary and secure coverage.
  • Support the effective delivery of the organisations social media strategy.
  • Carry out research on current benchmark trends and audience preferences.
  • Recommend and implement new platforms and activities to promote the role and responsibilities of the organisations
  • Developing proposals and ideas, writing project plans, undertaking research and implementing campaigns as required by the External Affairs Manager.
  • Ensure the appropriate systems and processes are in place for the media and public relations function, including: maintaining the press log, managing the press cuttings service, monitoring media coverage, producing media reports and maintaining media distribution lists as required.
The ideal Media & PR Officer will have the following knowledge, skills and experience:
  • Educated to degree level standard or equivalent, preferably in a related communications field
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a Media and PR role
  • Proven experience of media handling, including responding to queries from journalists and writing press releases
  • Experience and knowledge of managing a media or PR campaign that effectively combined traditional, online and social media
  • Experience of working in the regulatory, not for profit, public or health sectors is desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in relation to the role, including the ability communicate professionally with all stakeholders and registrants
  • A high standard of interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to show sensitivity and tact in dealing with confidential matters
  • Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle a number of tasks at once and prioritise work
  • Knowledge of social media platforms, including the management and maintenance of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts
  • Sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages