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Reference: 68145

Date Added: 11 October 2018
Closing Date: 24 October 2018

Job Title: Senior Media Relations Officer

Working For: Local Government Association

Location: London

Salary: £36,678 pa (including London Weighting)

Job Details

The Local Government Association (LGA) is looking to recruit a senior media relations officer to join the national press office for local government.

You will play a senior role in supporting the work of the LGA’s media team to promote and protect the interests of local government, and ensure the sector has a voice in the big political stories of the day. From elderly care to education and potholes to policing, we deal with a huge array of different stories and are always in the news.

Working in our Communications Directorate, your main duties will include:

  • Generating positive, proactive news stories which reflect the LGA’s corporate and campaigning objectives
  • Rebutting negative news stories about local government
  • Providing advice and counsel to elected members and senior staff, preparing briefings for high-profile media interviews
  • Working on policy-driven campaigns which reflect the priorities of our member authorities and the people they serve
  • Supporting member authorities by offering guidance, advice and help with crisis communications
  • Provide communications and media support for our commercial contracts with external organisations

As a senior member of the team, you will help us generate proactive stories which set the news agenda and secure positive, high-profile, national news coverage for local government.

We are looking for someone with significant media relations experience working in a political environment. Educated to degree level, you will have a track record of working under pressure to cut through complex policy issues to secure national media coverage and experience of working in a political environment.

The ideal candidate will have excellent personal and influencing skills that are required to build good working relationships in a complex political organisation.

You will have a thorough understanding of the major issues facing local government and the way it works so you can hit the ground running. A positive, ‘can do’ team player you will arrive full of ideas about how local government’s voice can be heard on the national stage.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with media relations experience who wants to become an integral part of one of the busiest press offices in England.

Closing Date: 24 October 2018

Interview/Start Dates

Interview Date: w/c 5 November 2018

Application Details

To apply
For further information and to apply online, please visit https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/lga/displayjob.aspx?jobid=650 

Website: https://www.local.gov.uk/

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