Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it.
The News and Media team play a central role in building Crisis’ public profile, raising awareness of our year-round services and securing the changes we need to ensure everyone has a safe and stable place to call home. We tell compelling stories of people who’ve experienced homelessness, support our fundraising efforts on a national and regional level and highlight our work at Christmas and throughout the year in new and creative ways.
With the cost-of-living crisis piling financial pressure onto households across the country, we could see more people pushed into homelessness as they struggle to keep up with rising rents and find affordable housing. It has never been a more important time for Crisis. We are determined to ensure the right policies are in place to prevent more people from ending up homeless and to help those that do quickly access the right support.
About the role
As Crisis’ Media Officer, you will play a key role in helping us to plan and deliver stand-out media campaigns that bring our work to life, demonstrating how we end people’s homelessness for good through education, training and support with housing, employment and health. You will also help inspire members of the public and politicians to join our fight to end homelessness by raising awareness of our influencing campaigns and fundraising events.
Your role will be creative and varied. You’ll work with our frontline staff to identify people facing homelessness who want to share their stories and empower them to do so. You’ll help create hard-hitting news stories to engage our audiences and bring to life some of our biggest organisational campaigns, like our annual Christmas campaign. You will also help make the most of reactive opportunities that come through to our press office and help build relationships with key journalists.
You will have:
- Experience of working within a busy press office environment/PR agency or as a journalist
- Excellent writing skills, with the ability to write for a range of audiences, including political, consumer, tabloid, trade and everything in between
- Experience of delivering or supporting high profile media campaigns that have helped secure quality coverage in national and regional news outlets, as well as softer consumer features (If you don’t have direct experience of working in a press office this could be for the brand you work for or a story you worked on as a journalist that led to sustained or more widespread coverage)
- Experience of working with case studies, identifying and preparing stories for the media and empowering people to share their experiences
- A solid understanding of the digital landscape and social media with experience of generating digital-first coverage and amplifying coverage and campaign messages creatively in the digital sphere
- Experience of turning complex policy and research into compelling news and PR coverage
- Dedication to Crisis’s purpose and values including equality and social inclusion
We believe diversity is a strength, and our aim is to make sure that Crisis truly reflects the communities we serve. We are actively working towards our organisation being a place where everyone can thrive and make their best contribution to our mission of ending homelessness for good. We know that the more perspectives, voices, and experiences we can bring to this work, the better. We particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of homelessness, and people from all marginalised groups, communities and backgrounds.
Working at Crisis
As a member of the team, you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:
- Interest free loans for travel season ticket, cycle to work, and deposit to secure a tenancy
- Pension scheme with an employer contribution of 8.5%
- 25 days’ annual leave which increases with service to 28 days and option to purchase up to 10 additional days leave
- Enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental, and adoption pay
- Flexible working around the core hours 10am-4pm
- And more! (Full list of benefits available on website)
Alongside our excellent staff benefits, we will support your ongoing development to build your skills, experience and career.
When you join us, you will have the opportunity to join our staff diversity networks, which aim to champion issues across the organisation, enable staff to be their authentic and best selves and contribute to making Crisis a truly diverse organisation.
How to apply
If this sound likes the opportunity for you, please click on the 'Apply for Job' button below.
Closing date: Sunday 3rd July (at 23:59)
Interviews will be held on 13th/14th July
We welcome applications from people who identify as neuro diverse and want our recruitment process to be as accessible as possible. If you need us to make an adjustment or provide additional support as you apply for a role, please email our Recruitment team, contact details can be found on our website.
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