City of London, London (On-site)
£38000 per annum
Contract
Job description
Senior Communications Officer - 3 month fixed term contract

This role takes a lead in developing new relationships in print, digital and broadcast media. You will work with colleagues in the charity to create new and innovative ways to generate stories and deliver forward-thinking media and communications coverage for the charity. You will also handle crisis communications issues and manage communications for high profile events. The role also has a broader comms remit working with families at the hospital and on internal communications.

Main duties & responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the role holder are as outlined below:

Media Relations:

- To deliver high profile, national PR coverage for the charity, across print, digital and broadcast channels on agreed projects during the contract, including managing filming and interviews as required and delivering communications strategies that meet project KPIs.
- To respond to reactive media enquiries and opportunities as part of the external communications function.
- To initiate and develop proactive and positive relationships with journalists, editors and programme makers at all levels of the media.
- To increase overall public awareness of the hospital’s fundraising need by ensuring that the communication output supports and reinforces the charity’s brand and by developing key messages for all fundraising activity you are supporting on, helping to position the charity as a leading national organisation working for children.
- To support and develop digital thinking in the charity press team, working closely with the charity’s digital team to help identify new and innovative ways to promote our work in the digital space.
- To be the PR lead for major, high-profile fundraising events
- To advise relevant teams on media opportunities and liaise with appropriate Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity staff on communications issues related to their departments.
- To be aware of risk issues for the charity and take responsibility for mitigation strategies where necessary. To handle reactive media enquiries and crisis communications issues, supporting others across the charity in updating their supporters.
- To collaborate with colleagues in the Hospital press team and Hospital Internal Comms team to keep abreast of proactive hospital stories and any areas of risk for charitable activity.
- To evaluate media and PR activity against objectives set for each project. Create reports for senior management and for relevant partners.

Broader Comms activities:

- To work with the families and clinicians in the hospital to find case studies and experts on a wide variety of subjects and support them in sharing their story, briefing them appropriately. Understanding the importance of confidentiality, consent and the opportunities such requests may present.
- To support and advise patients and their families, and hospital staff, in their dealings with the media, taking care to ensure that they are equipped to deal with the style, format or direction of different interviews.
- To work with our artist liaison team to manage high profile celebrity media activity
- To undertake such other duties as may be required by the line manager or other senior team members.
- To demonstrate a willingness to work out of hours where necessary.

About the team

Reporting into the External Communications Manager, the Communications Officer will be joining a high achieving, fast-paced Communications team, whose remit covers the press office function, family stories, internal communications and celebrity & influencer Liaison.

About you

You will be passionate about telling powerful stories that move people to take an action and will feel inspired by the opportunity to play a key role in publicising a range of fundraising campaigns. A natural relationship builder, you’ll be comfortable with interacting with a range of stakeholders, excel at pitching to journalists, and feel confident supporting case studies and celebrity ambassadors.

About the Charity

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, around 600 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive for life-changing treatments. Every day, young lives hang in the balance as patients, families and staff battle the most complex illnesses. And every day, the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs that change the lives of thousands of children – and change the world. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential. Without donations, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity can’t help fund ground-breaking research, advanced equipment, child and family support services, and the rebuilding and refurbishment of wards and medical facilities. Our staff help to raise these vital funds for the hospital. A better future for seriously ill
children starts with you.

Recently awarded with a ‘Best Companies 2-star accreditation' and placed number 17 on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Not-for-Profit Companies list - we offer a range of attractive benefits including; a flexible approach to working, 30 days holiday, life assurance, enhanced employer pension contributions, and a discounted season ticket loan.

Our Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise that people from some backgrounds are under-represented in our workforce and across the wider Charity sector. In April 2021 we launched our ambitious three-year EDI strategy committing to becoming a more inclusive workforce, reflecting the diverse communities that we work with and for and demonstrating this through all our areas of work.

A more diverse workforce will enable us to deliver even more impact and we particularly encourage applications from communities which are under-represented in the charity. This includes people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, people with a disability, people who are LGBT+ or who are from less advantaged socioeconomic groups.

Further information on our EDI strategy can be found on our website.

Our approach to hybrid working

This role is based in our Central London office (WC1N, opposite Russell Square underground) with the option to work remotely up to three days a week.

Please refer to the full job description below for more information.

How to Apply

Please click on the apply button in the top right-hand corner where you will be taken to a short application form to complete. You are encouraged to include a cover letter with your application, and should refer to the 'GOSH Charity Information Pack' on the Careers page of our website before you apply.

Closing date: 1st June 2022.

Ref: 133 164
Posted on: 20 May 2022
Closed date: 02 June 2022 at 01:00
Job ref: 133164
Tags: Communications, PR