Senior Press Officer (Factchecking)
Do you want to help journalists and other stakeholders understand issues related to energy and climate change? Do you enjoy engaging with the political issues of the day and communicating complex and technical issues in simple and compelling terms? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy the cut and thrust of the ever-spinning news cycle?
The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) is a non-profit organisation that supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. We provide independent analysis and accessible briefings to media and other stakeholders on key issues, including land use, transport, power sector, and heating and buildings, with a UK focus.
We are looking to recruit a programme lead to work on factchecking, countering misinformation around the net zero transition and providing factually accurate briefings to journalists.
- Keeping abreast of developments and emerging themes in climate and energy policy and the wider political context;
- Monitoring and analysing media coverage and the wider debate on climate and energy issues, identifying opportunities to comment, provide context and/or offer insights;
- Preparing or commissioning briefings and communications materials for journalists relating to specific policy areas;
- Commissioning and conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis using a range of data types and sources;
- Building and maintaining a strategy to engage with journalists across the media landscape to help them improve the accuracy of reporting;
- Building and maintaining a network of stakeholders including industry experts, sector specialists and journalists in relevant fields.
Knowledge and experience
- Significant experience of working in media, communications, or PR, with a deep understanding of the UK media landscape;
- A track record of building and maintaining productive and trusting relationships with journalists, over and above basic pitching;
- Understanding of UK decarbonisation policies and politics and the key challenges and opportunities associated with the net zero transition;
- A strong analytical background and understanding of using qualitative and quantitative findings to explain and illustrate.
- Ability to analyse articles on a range of different climate issues for balance and accuracy;
- Strong written communication skills to write concise and compelling briefs for journalists, social media and other platforms to communicate complex policy areas in an accurate and accessible way;
- Experience building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships and networks with a range of different stakeholders;
- Ability to work independently and use initiative to drive forward projects alone, while understanding the role in the wider team and keeping colleagues updated on developments.
- Comfortable with working at pace and to short deadlines.
- A journalistic background in a related field would be ideal.
Terms and Conditions
This full-time position is initially offered as a nine-month fixed term contract starting in January 2024.
Salary: £45,000 - £55,000
Hours: 35 hours per week – exact hours to be agreed (see below)
Location: Hybrid – based in our London office, you must be able to travel to London at a minimum 1-2 days per month. Travel within the UK may be necessary from time to time.
We are advertising for two roles in this team who will need together to cover the news cycle from 6am-11pm. This role will likely not be 9-5, but the intention is for it to be as flexible and family friendly as possible. We would like to work with the ideal candidates to agree how the shifts will work, and who will cover early mornings or late evenings. This could work around other life commitments for example, taking a break for the school run.
Candidate information and how to apply
We need to know a bit about you, your experience and what you can bring to ECIU.
Please submit a CV and written supporting statement by email before midnight on 26 November 2023.
The supporting statement should cover:
The transferable skills and experience you could bring to the role in relation to working in the media and/or communications;
Experience of translating complex policy areas into accessible and interesting language for non-experts;
Knowledge of the wider political and economic context, including understanding of UK decarbonisation policies and politics;
Experience of growing and maintaining networks;
Experience of making strategic decisions independently;
Why you’re interested in the role.
Applications without a supporting statement will not be considered.
We’re keen to diversify the voices and perspectives in our team, helping the sector we work with to become more inclusive and diverse. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds. We are always open to flexible hours and varying shift patterns.
Application Closing Date: 26 November 2023
First round of interviews: December 2023
If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please reach out to Polly O'Hara
We can only consider applicants who are eligible to work in the UK.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially. We will store your information in our internal database unless you specifically request otherwise
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.