Senior Press Officer

Central London
Not specified
08 Aug 2019
05 Sep 2019
Candidate Services
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Press Officer 

Position: Senior Press Officer 
Location: WC1N, Central London 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Hours: 37.5 hours per week 
Salary: £Competitive 
Benefits: 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, generous pension scheme, flexible working, discounted season ticket loan and many more! 

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 6 September 2019 

Are you a brilliant communications professional with strong management potential who can deliver national media coverage? Do you want to work for a well-known and well-loved national brand? Do you have a cool head in a tough situation and a talent for reputation management? Then this is a great opportunity to join a leading children’s charity, generating high profile and positive PR to help raise money to support seriously ill children from across the UK. 

We are looking for an energetic and determined senior press officer to be part of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s busy and ambitious Communications team. You will manage relationships with journalists across print, digital and broadcast media, and collaborate closely with teams across the charity. We can offer brilliant opportunities to develop your communications career in an inspiring and stimulating professional environment. 

About the team: 

The GOSH Charity Communications team is a high achieving, fast-paced team. Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Senior Press Officer is part of a team of six, comprising of a four-strong press office function, a Family and Hospital Liaison Manager and Internal Comms Manager. The senior press officer has line management responsibility for one of the press officers in the team. 

About you 

You will be passionate about telling powerful stories that move people to take action and will feel inspired by the opportunity to play a key role in publicising a range of fundraising campaigns. A natural relationship builder, you’ll excel at pitching to journalists, supporting case studies and building a rapport with your colleagues. You’ll understand how good communications can help the charity achieve its goals, will be keen to evaluate your impact, and will show a keen interest in helping colleagues develop their careers. 

Specifically you will have: 

- Proven experience in delivering high profile and effective proactive PR campaigns, and of responding to reactive media enquiries. 
- In-depth knowledge of PR strategy and tactics. 
- Experience of working with senior external stakeholders or donors. 
- Experience of fundraising PR particularly of high value corporate partnerships and red-carpet special events. 
- Experience and competency in using social media to engage key stakeholders. 
- Experience of issues and crisis management. 
- Ability to manage competing priorities and ability to work to tight deadlines. 
- The ideal candidate will also have Experience of managing and developing colleagues. 

About the Charity: 

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, over 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Without donations, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity can’t help fund ground-breaking research, advanced equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities. Our staff help to raise these vital funds for the hospital. A better future for seriously ill children starts with you. 

Recently awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - we offer a range of attractive benefits including; a flexible approach to working, 30 days holiday, life assurance, enhanced employer pension contributions, and a discounted season ticket loan. 

How to Apply: 

Please click on the apply button in the top right-hand corner where you will be taken to a short application form to complete. You are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter with your application, and should refer to the ‘Application and Interview FAQs’ on the career section of our website before you apply. 

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and we reserve the right to close the role prior to the closing date, should a suitable applicant be found. Therefore, you are encouraged to apply right away, to avoid disappointment. 

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately only able to inform shortlisted candidates of the outcome of their application. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies in the future. 

You may have experience of the following: Press Officer, Communications Officer, Communications Executive, Journalist, PR Officer, PR Executive, Public Relations, PR Campaigns, Journalism, Communications, Marcoms, Copy Writer, Media Relations, Corporate Partnerships, PR Specialist, Charity, Charities, NFP, Not for Profit, Third Sector, Senior Press Officer, Senior Communications Officer, etc. 

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