Home Office press office is looking for talented and motivated communicators who relish the buzz of a hectic newsroom to join our excellent media team.
The Home Office is responsible for a variety of fascinating policy areas – from counter terrorism, policing and border security to immigration, modern slavery and serious and organised crime. Our press officers play a critical role in ensuring that these issues are communicated effectively and powerfully across a wide range of traditional and emerging media channels to the right audiences.
Press officers’ duties include:
• organising Ministerial interviews and media opportunities around announcements, visits, speeches and events;
• providing timely proactive and reactive media handling advice to Ministers and senior officials;
• skilfully and effectively briefing journalists accurately and with authority;
• working closely with ministers’ private offices, officials and communications colleagues to plan and implement media strategies across a broad range of media outlets including specialist, lifestyle, online and other new media;
• strategically planning communications activity across all disciplines to maximise our impact and negotiating with private offices and Number 10 on timing and handling plans; and
• developing an understanding of issues across the department enabling you to play an effective part in the wider press office team.
Successful candidates will be excellent communicators from a PR or journalism background with a passion for politics and current affairs. They will possess the ability to turn complex information into clear and powerful media messages and be able to work to tight deadlines. We want people who will bring fresh ideas and new approaches to ensure our team is constantly moving forward. In return our press officers benefit from the many training and development opportunities available in a newsroom where working with Ministers, senior civil servants and other Government departments is part of the daily routine.
Candidates will ideally, but not absolutely necessarily, educated to degree standard.
You will be working in a creative, close-knit team who are committed, politically savvy and come from a variety of professional and geographical backgrounds, making the Press Office a vibrant, energising place to work where individuals’ ideas are championed.
You will take part in the Press Office out-of-hours duty rota and some posts work on a shift basis. Candidates joining the Civil Service would normally be offered the base of the salary band.
Essential - an excellent news sense to anticipate and spot breaking news stories
- a proven track record of devising creative ways to communicate complex issues
- good writing skills – you can turn around clean, crisp copy in plain English to tight deadlines
- good oral communications skills combined with the confidence to deal with people at all levels
- evidence of having developed and nurtured excellent relationships with journalists
- the skills to actively engage with a broad range of internal partners to shape handling
Desirable - an understanding of how to deal with the demands of Ministers and officials
For further information and details of how to apply please visit the Civil Service Website