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Reference: 73348

Date Added: 6 November 2019
Closing Date: 24 November 2019

Job Title: Press Officer

Working For: DWP

Location: London

Salary: Minimum £40,860 - Maximum £42,426 pa

Job Details


The Department for Work and Pensions is bringing forward the biggest changes to the welfare and pensions systems for a generation. We are looking for three Press Officers to join our high-performing and supportive team to help us communicate the changes to the public.

We are looking for people who have good judgement and a strong understanding of how the news cycle works.

We currently have two Press Officer roles available on our news desks, and one on our planning desk.

Job description

On a news desk, you will effectively manage breaking stories on behalf of Ministers and the Department, providing a timely, accurate and professional service to journalists.

On a planning desk, you will liaise with colleagues across the department, Ministerial offices and Number 10 to plan DWP Press Office media activity, delivering our strategic priorities.

The right people will not only meet the technical skills and behaviours set out below, but bring creativity and passion to be an integral part of a successful team.

Candidates for this role must meet the following essential criteria:

• Good judgment and understanding of how the news cycle works
• Excellent writing skills
• Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and reacting quickly and confidently to breaking issues
• Strong interpersonal and influencing skills
• Knowledge of media channels, including the role of digital media
• Experience of identifying media opportunities and planning stories

As well as the above, successful candidates will be:

• Passionate, cool-headed, dynamic, collaborative, persuasive, creative and confident.

Details on the criteria and what you will be assessed against can be found in the full vacancy on Civil Service Jobs. The link is listed further down.

Closing Date: 24 November 2019

Interview/Start Dates

All applications must be made via Civil Service Jobs (CSJ) and must be submitted by 23:55.

The sift will take place w/c 25/11/19, with interviews scheduled for w/c 9/11/19, although these dates may be subject to change.

Application Details

Please see the following link on Civil Service Jobs that provides full details of the vacancy and how to apply: https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi

The vacancy reference number is: 23548

Please note - you must be registered on Civil Service Jobs to view the vacancy.

Only applications submitted via Civil Service Jobs will be accepted.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions

Additional Notes