£30000 - £31500 per annum
Job description

Media Officer
Location: Moorgate, London
Contract type: 6-month fixed term (maternity cover)
Hours per week: 35
Salary: circa £31,000 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting)

As a British Red Cross Media Officer, you'll thrive on telling stories and creating opportunities to champion the work of one of the most influential humanitarian organisations in the world.

We help people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We mobilise human kindness to support people in the most vulnerable moments of their lives, both in the UK and internationally.

Our volunteers and staff respond to need and influence on key issues that affect some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. You'll support media coverage on topics ranging from loneliness, the challenges facing health and social care, domestic emergencies, terror attacks and the refugee crisis. Your stories will also help us attract volunteers, donors and supporters for the work we do on emergencies, refugees, natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and hunger.

We are looking for an outstanding, flexible individual with excellent media experience who can hit the ground running in a fast-paced environment, with support from a great team.

If you're a talented media professional who can communicates quickly and accurately when crisis strikes, as well as unearthing and selling in lighter stories, please get in touch.

Join us and become part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent global humanitarian movement.

About the role

As a Media Officer, you will work to the Head of News and contribute to all aspects of a busy press office, dealing with the media, the public, volunteers, partners and stakeholders.

You will work with social media, PR and advocacy colleagues to deliver time sensitive media coverage on both fast-paced world events. You'll also help drive the news agenda with proactive content on our key issues.

This is a fascinating frontline role that ensures that the difference the British Red Cross makes in the world is understood by the public, opinion formers and influencers.

Meet 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. Our goal is to ensure that both externally and internally people act, behave, or make decisions in a way that results in a positive change for people in crisis.

What we are looking for

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:

  • Experience of working as a media officer or journalist

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • The ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines

  • Excellent journalist contacts and relationship building skills

  • An understanding of social media as a news tool

  • An understanding of the role of media in integrated, communications planning

  • The ability to work well as part of a dynamic team and to forge and maintain a variety of good working relationships, internally and externally.

Closing date for applications is 23.59 on Tuesday 2nd of July 2019. Interviews will be held week commencing 8th of July.

Should you have any questions on this role please email us at or call us on 0300 004 0554 quoting reference REQ0000025YQ.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

  • 36 days holiday pro rata (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 race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to be yourself at work, and feel you're in 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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Posted on: 18 June 2019
Closed date: 02 July 2019
Job ref: REQ0000025YQ
Tags: Communications, PR