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Yorkshire Cancer Research
Harrogate 13.24 miles
£18,500 - £21,000 per year depending on experience.

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Harrogate, North Yorkshire 13.24 miles
£18,500 - £21,000 per year depending on experience.
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

PR Assistant
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, with frequent travel across the Yorkshire region.

Whilst the majority of our employees are currently working remotely in accordance with government guidelines, we do endeavour to return to our Head Office in Harrogate as soon as we are safely able to do so, where this role will be predominantly based.

About Us

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the largest independent cancer charity in England. With an ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year, it is an exciting time to be joining the charity. Every week in Yorkshire almost 600 people are told they have cancer, by working for Yorkshire Cancer Research you are helping to protect and save these lives.

Yorkshire is big, beautiful and diverse and, as an inclusive employer, our aim is that our workforce reflects the rich diversity of our region. We believe a diverse workforce is central to us achieving our strategic goal of saving more lives in our region. We offer equal opportunities regardless of race, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnerships.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is entering an exciting period in its development. As part of this we are expanding our team at our Head Office and a number of new roles are being created. As such, we are now looking for a PR Assistant to support our Brand and Relationships team.

The Benefits
We offer all our employees a wide range of benefits including an enhanced contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service), flexible working arrangements, private medical insurance, enhanced maternity leave, career progression, learning and development, wellbeing initiatives, offices within walking distance of Harrogate train station, free onsite parking and a whole lot more.

We’ve got a strong set of values that inform everything we do and we’re looking for people who are aligned with these. As our PR Assistant, you will strive for excellence in everything you do, have integrity, champion expertise through improvement and innovation and be a great team player. To find out more about our values and how important they are to us, please visit our website.

The Role
As a PR Assistant, you will help raise awareness of Yorkshire Cancer Research. Supporting the PR Manager, you will;

  • extend the charity’s reach to new audiences across Yorkshire by researching and writing press releases and blog content.
  • support the charity’s brand building by researching and developing case studies that demonstrate how the charity helps prevent, diagnose and treat cancer across Yorkshire.
  • help raise income by publicising and reporting on fundraising activities across the region.

Specifically, you will:

  • Organise TV, radio and press interview opportunities for the Chief Executive and other Directors.
  • Write thorough media briefings for those to be interviewed, securing input and approval from the PR Manager.
  • Support the PR Manager at media events, helping brief colleagues, attendees and media.
  • Work with colleagues across the charity, but particularly fundraising, research and retail to identify opportunities to publicise the work of the charity.
  • Collaborate with the digital engagement, marketing and events teams and other departments to understand, create and deliver the PR component of campaigns.
  • Interview fundraising and volunteer case studies in person and over phone/video call, travelling across Yorkshire where necessary, to publicise the charity.
  • Work with the Chief Executive and the Directors who represent Research and Fundraising to create and maintain regular blogs.
  • Produce high quality PR content and assets for the charity’s website, social channels and marketing outputs, including blog posts, photographs and videos.
  • Collaborate with external agencies to deliver PR campaigns and develop PR assets in line with the charity’s strategic aims.
  • Monitor the charity’s media coverage and produce a monthly media clippings report for the Leadership team.

About You

To be considered for this role, you will need:

  • A degree or professional qualification in Public Relations, Journalism, English or Communications OR currently studying towards an appropriate qualification OR proven experience in a similar role at a similar level.
  • Experience of writing press releases, case studies and other PR content. To have worked, and built trusted relationships with, third parties to ensure content, messages and quotes are fully approved.
  • Ability to ensure communications are well constructed with exceptional standards of literacy and attention to detail.
  • High levels of discretion with an understanding of confidentiality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Resilience, recognising that feedback on work is intended to be value-adding rather than criticism.
  • Good organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise workload to meet deadlines and manage multiple workstreams on an ongoing basis.
  • An appreciation of media needs and media relationships.
  • Good understanding of primary social media platforms that support PR activity.

Please view the full role profile before applying and visit our Careers Page to find out more about working for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Please read our privacy notice before applying.

The charity is a responsible and flexible employer.  We welcome any discussion for flexible working at interview/offer stage where we will consider an individual’s circumstances against the needs of the charity.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates from all backgrounds. If we can make any reasonable adjustments to support your application please contact us.

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Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the largest independent cancer charity in England. With an ambitious goal of saving 2000 lives a year, it is an ex... Read more

Posted on: 26 April 2021
Closing date: 25 June 2021
Tags: Admin,Communications, PR
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