Epsom, Surrey
£26,000 - £28,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Are you a talented writer with a knack for pulling together compelling stories to make Samaritans stand out in the media, and will also encourage people to volunteer and donate? Are you good at managing key relationships sensitively and thinking creatively about the best ways to get our messages out to new audiences through traditional and digital media?

  • Ewell, Surrey with some homeworking (Currently all home working)
  • 6 month fixed term contract, full time
  • £26-£28K per annum + Competitive Benefits

A little bit about the role...

Samaritans’ volunteers are there for people when life gets tough, and the demand for our service is rising all the time. Last year we responded to a call for help every six seconds. We are looking for a well-connected, innovative and digital savvy media professional to help us engage new audiences, reach younger people, and land great media coverage that increases awareness of the hugely important work Samaritans does.

We’re looking for somebody who is comfortable working with sensitive material and can support vulnerable people through the process of sharing their story, as well as prioritising the interests of Samaritans.

We are looking for someone with loads of creative ideas, ready to take on the challenges of a busy press office, writing press releases, responding to journalists’ requests, and supporting our volunteers with media advice where necessary.

If you have experience of working with case studies and driving positive news coverage at a news, PR agency or in house we would like to hear from you. Knowledge of mental health and wellbeing would be great, but most of all we need someone passionate about this job, good at devising and executing PR plans so that we get our name out there, and keep Samaritans at the top of the agenda where it deserves to be. re you a talented writer with a knack for pulling together compelling stories to make Samaritans stand out in the media, which will also encourage people to volunteer and donate?

If you're interested in finding out more about the role please read the attached job description as set out below.

About Samaritans

At Samaritans, our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We believe it is preventable and that by working together we can give people the support they need before they reach crisis point. We are one of the most trusted charities in the UK and ROI, and we answer a call for help every six seconds. We have around 175 staff and more than 20,000 volunteers based across 201 branches giving emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We don’t just hear you, we listen.

To apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a covering letter outlining their motivations for applying and how they meet each of role criteria as set out in the JD no later than 9.00 am on  Tuesday 14th July 2020.  

Please see our website or the job description for further information. 

Samaritans is committed to diversity and inclusion, and strive to create a supportive environment for our staff and volunteers. We believe having a diverse workforce strengthens our organisation and allows us to represent the communities we serve and support our callers. We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and LGBT+ communities.

Posted on: 29 June 2020
Closed date: 13 July 2020
Tags: Communications, PR, Digital

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