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  • UK, Central London
  • to £296 per day
  • Contract , 6 months
  • Full time

This contract with the Home Office is INSIDE IR35 paying £296.00 per day for 6 months based in London.

Headcount: x5

Applicants must already hold CTC (Counter terrorist check) or SC Clearance.

CV Deadline: Friday 16th August at 4pm

We are seeking talented press officers with the flair and enthusiasm to join one of Whitehall’s most high-profile departments.

The Home Office is never far from the headlines – with our work to keep the UK safe covering everything from counter-terrorism, to securing the border and combatting domestic abuse.

Our press office has the buzz of a busy newsroom, handling dozens of media calls a day while developing proactive and creative opportunities to promote the varied work of the department.

This role will be responsible for delivering proactive and reactive media-handling and PR activity in support of key Home Office EU exit-related policy areas.

1. Organising Ministerial interviews and media opportunities around announcements, visits, speeches and events.

2. Providing timely proactive and reactive media handling advice to Ministers and senior policy officials.

3. Skilfully and effectively briefing journalists, with accuracy and authority.

4. 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.

5. Strategically planning communications activity across all disciplines to maximise our impact.

6. Developing an understanding of issues across the department to enable you to play an effective part in the wider press office team.

skills (including specialist skills) and/or knowledge required

1. An excellent news sense in terms of anticipating stories and coming up with media plans that will engage journalists.

2. A proven track record of working on proactive announcements, launches and campaigns.

3. A talent in developing and nurturing excellent contacts with the media and external stakeholders.

4. Good writing skills – you can turn around clean, crisp copy in plain English to tight deadlines

5. Good oral communications skills combined with the confidence to deal with people at all levels.

6. The confidence and skills to quickly get to grips with our agenda and build knowledge of our organisation.

7. Ability to persuade others of the benefits of your recommendations or negotiate with others.

8. An awareness of political context in making communications choices.

Qualifications and Experience required

1. Educated to degree level and/or a relevant professional qualification.

2. Public sector experience, either in local or central government (desirable).

CV Deadline: Friday 16th August at 4pm

  • Quote ref: 990027/16325

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