Date Added: 7 November 2023
: 27 November 2023
Job Title: Senior Communications Officer (Media Relations)
Working For: The Electoral Commission
Salary: £44,755 per annum
Length of Contract: Permanent
We are looking for a proactive and skilled communications professional to help raise the profile of the Electoral Commission and deliver a high-quality media and communications service.
You will develop proactive and creative media strategies to communicate the Commission’s priorities, securing media coverage which helps us achieve our strategic aims and underpins confidence in the Commission and our work. You will be responsible for drafting press releases and other media content to a high standard, spotting media opportunities, and generating and pitching new ideas.
You will also play a key role in our busy and fast paced press office, responding to reactive media enquiries and ensuring coverage is accurate. You will provide expert advice and insight to colleagues on the Commission’s messaging and media handling approach, and prepare senior colleagues for media interviews.
The Commission makes and advocates for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency. We want to see improvements made to voter registration, the rules governing political finance, and the accessibility of elections. You will join the team making the case for these vital changes to the political and electoral systems.
The successful candidate
You will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, on your own initiative, as well as part of a collaborative and dynamic team. You will have excellent knowledge of the UK media landscape; experience of distilling complex information into digestible messaging; and excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with the media and other stakeholders, both internal and external. You will be an engaging and persuasive communicator, with experience of contributing to creative and proactive communication campaigns. You will have experience of developing and pitching creative ideas that lead to positive media coverage for your organisation.
Closing Date: 27 November 2023
The closing date for applications is Monday 27 November at 23:59. Interviews will be held on 5 and 6 December.
We offer excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours, hybrid working and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements. Commission staff are required to work a minimum of two days a week in the office. If you are interested in applying for this role please visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/jobs to download the job description before applying online.