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Reference: 70688

Date Added: 12 April 2019
Closing Date: 8 May 2019

Job Title: Media Relations Manager

Working For: The Russell Group of Universities

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is currently seeking a Media Relations Manager on a 12-month fixed-term contract basis to strengthen their Communications team.

This is a high responsibility role in a busy Westminster office. The successful candidate will:

• Support the Director of Communications in developing the Russell Group’s media relations to help deliver the Chief Executive’s overarching strategy.
• Provide counsel to the Chief Executive and senior team on all aspects of media work.
• Generate and execute proactive news stories and draft reactive lines.
• Conduct media briefings and prepare the Chief Executive and other colleagues for media appearances and interviews.
• Draft written interventions including OpEds, blogs, briefing notes for press, tweets etc. Comment on other written materials, including policy documents.
• Work with member institutions and other stakeholders to coordinate media activity.
• Take on out-of-hours duties where necessary to respond to media enquiries and emerging stories.
• Attend relevant events to represent the Russell Group.
• Participate fully in an integrated comms team which covers external relations, events and media, including social media.

We are looking for a motivated and confident individual to fill this role. The successful candidate will:

• have strong press office experience
• be able to communicate complex policy work in a way which is media-friendly
• have experience in developing excellent relationships with journalists
• be able to work under pressure when necessary, thinking strategically while getting stuck in to the day-to-day

Experience in UK politics, policy development and advocacy may be an advantage, but candidates will not be expected to necessarily have a Higher Education background.

This appointment is on a 12-month fixed-term contract/secondment (maternity cover) and will be based in London. We welcome applications from people whatever their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, or age.

We offer a competitive salary based on skills and experience and other benefits including a generous holiday entitlement and access to subsidised canteen and gymnasium facilities.

A full Vacancy Description is available from: http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies

Closing Date: 8 May 2019

Interview/Start Dates

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the closing date.

We anticipate that first interviews will be carried out in week commencing 13th May 2019; second interviews for selected candidates will be held in week commencing 20th May 2019.

Application Details

Please submit the following to rg.1@russellgroup.ac.uk by the closing date:

1) An up-to-date curriculum vitae including:
a. details of your current and past employment including your current salary
b. two references: your current or most recent employer; and a former line manager who could be contacted during the process

2) A one-page cover letter addressing the following points:
a. how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the requirements of the role
b. why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

For a confidential discussion, please contact Zena Creed on 020 3816 1300.

Website: http://russellgroup.ac.uk

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