Contract type: Fixed term contract until December 2019
Hours per week: 35
Salary: circa £23,000 per annum
Are you a skilled storyteller with a passion for helping people in crisis? We have an exciting opportunity to join our media team as a Media Relations Officer in central England. You will use stories and your knowledge of and contacts in the media to engage and inspire our supporters - showing how small acts of kindness have a big impact on how people cope with and recover from crisis.
What you will be doing
The Media Officer post is responsible for profiling the organisation's work within central England to local, regional and national media, working closely with the national media team to contribute to big news moments and PR campaigns.
Reporting to the UK media manager, the post holder is expected to work in close collaboration with other media officers within the organisation, and with other colleagues within the communications directorate, including marketing, internal communications and public affairs.
This is a front-line role that makes a vital contribution to the public positioning of the British Red Cross.
About the team
The role of Media Officer sits within the communications and advocacy directorate which tells the stories about who we are, what we do, what we believe, and the difference we make to people's lives - so that both externally and internally people act, behave, or make decisions in a way that results in a positive change for people in crisis.
About the person
With a sound working knowledge of media within the UK and a strong understanding of what makes a good story and where to pitch it, candidates should have:
- Great news sense demonstrated through significant experience of media, public relations or journalist experience.
- Experience of interviewing and case study collection, working with sensitive topics and vulnerable people.
- An understanding of how media fits into strategic, integrated, communications plans.
- An understanding of digital media and how social media is affecting the news environment.
- Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
- A people-person who uses their initiative and curiosity to get out and about to find our best stories, and work with colleagues in a dispersed team to share insight, learning and understanding.
Closing date for applications is 23:59 on the 30th of May 2019 with interviews to follow.
We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:
- 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
- Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
- Up to 6% contributory pension
- Flexible working policy
A little bit more about us
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.
Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.
At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.
In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.
If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation's Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.
The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).
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