Role details

Communications Officer

Newcastle upon Tyne   •  Temporary

Bullet points

  • Communications Officer
  • Newcastle

About Our Client

Public sector organisation working out of there Newcastle office.

Job Description

A highly organised individual who is a self-starter and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will need to be able to deal with a wide-range of people at all levels, have a flexible approach to your work and be a good team worker. An excellent news sense is essential and the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. You will be able to deal with complex scientific issues and explain them clearly.

  • To act as a point of contact for incoming enquiries from journalists; to develop and deliver a response to these enquiries that is in line with the organisations corporate view on any issue.
  • To act as a spokesperson for the organisation to the print media.
  • To brief media on the health issues based in the North East.
  • To draft media briefings and Q&A documents in response to issues in the media, which are consistent with organisations overall strategic goals and priorities and reflect its corporate view.
  • To actively seek proactive opportunities for media coverage and prepare the necessary briefing.
  • To provide media handling advice to the organisations staff across the North East.
  • When required, to represent the organisations communications at various regional and local meetings..
  • To ensure all known communications activity is captured in national media evaluation process.
  • To participate in an out-of-hours on-call rota.
  • To monitor media coverage and respond appropriately where necessary.
  • To maintain an electronic log of press enquiries and action taken.
  • To maintain an up-to-date electronic list of regional and local journalists.
  • To monitor and post messages on the organisations North East Twitter account in line with the organisations national social media policy.
  • To build relationships with all regional stakeholders including media and other communications professionals in partner organisations.
  • To gather copy, edit and produce the monthly North East staff e-bulletin
  • To contribute news stories to the organisation and News the internal staff monthly publication Bulletin, the national monthly stakeholder e-publication.
  • To assist in the development of material for website and intranet.
  • To be flexible in providing support to any regions or centres of the organisation, in particular in the north region, which may involve occasional work from a different site.
  • Such other duties as may be agreed by the post holder and the Regional Communications Manager.

The Successful Applicant

The right candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and have a background in the press/media. Ideally the candidate will of worked in the public sector previously and have excellent media relations skills.

The candidate will need to be an excellent communicator in both verbal and written communications.

The candidate will also need to be immediately available or able to start work by the end of April.

What's on Offer

3 month contract with the possibility of the role being extended

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