Hybrid working with some working from home and some in our Old Street office in London, which is negotiable
Closing date: 23rd January 2022 at 11.30 pm. (We will be reviewing applications as they come in and may close the role before this date).
If you avidly follow the news and are interested in media relations, are a great team player, and want to end the housing emergency, this is the job for you. As Shelter’s Assistant Media Officer, you will play a key part in the day-to-day running of our busy press office and an active role in developing press materials.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the team
The media team are a key part of the Communications, Policy and Campaigns division, but we serve the media needs of the whole organisation. Collaboration and relationship building skills are the name of the game, as we work closely with a broad range of internal stakeholders, as well as our external partners, to generate influential coverage across Shelter’s campaigns, fundraising, community and services outputs.
Our aim is to make sure housing and homelessness rides high on the political and public agenda through timely and powerful storytelling. We support Shelter to deliver change by amplifying our hard-hitting research; giving a platform to people directly impacted by the housing emergency; profiling our incredible services; capitalising on high-profile supporters; and by swiftly seizing reactive opportunities.
About the role
As an integral member of our media team, you will get the opportunity to work on a whole range of national and regional media campaigns while also playing a pivotal role in the running of our busy, reactive press office. This will involve managing the press office inbox, ensuring enquiries from national and regional media are dealt with efficiently, identifying and responding to stories as they break and helping to sell in stories to the media. We’ll also train you to write for public audiences, including writing press releases, interview briefings and other press materials – it really is a great opportunity to develop your career in media in a fast paced and high performing team with a heritage of ground-breaking campaigns.
We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
A natural storyteller, you can tell what makes a story stand out in a packed media landscape. You’re curious, creative and confident, comfortable suggesting new ideas and taking feedback. You have strong written and verbal communications skills and can manage your time effectively. Given the news agenda rarely waits for anyone, you will be good at thinking on your feet and comfortable working to tight deadlines - seeking help when you need it, and putting yourself forward to help others in return.
Finally, while prior knowledge of housing and homelessness is not a requirement, you will have a passion for social justice. There is a huge amount we need to achieve together, and you will thrive on the challenge.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.