Media & Communications Officer

17.20 - 18.80 GBP Hourly
20 Apr 2021
18 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
Paterson Recruitment are supporting a local authority in Oxfordshire with their search for a Media & Communications Officer.

Duration of the role - 10 months (could be extended).

Main duties:

Monitor and evaluate media coverage

Arrange and manage appropriate responses to media inquiries

Manage, develop and maintain excellent relationships with the media

Assist in writing directorate publications as and when required

Manage the relationship between a nominated directorate and the communications team producing an annual media plan as part of the corporate communications forward planning process

Research co-ordinate, write and issue news in web-style for the authorities website and the media and upload associated news and pictures

Help deliver web-news items in 'new media' audio and visual format

Arrange and manage photo-opportunities and publicity events

Identify potential 'problem' areas and project manage media strategies to counter negative publicity

Contribute to and help manage wider communications campaigns

Write and edit articles for internal and external publications

Advise and assist senior councillors in strategic media handling, issue management and PR strategy

Develop proactive communication to ensure that employees, members of the authority, the public, partners and stakeholders understand the authorities objectives, priorities and policies

As part of a unified generic communications team deliver high quality communications that contribute to enhancing the authorities reputation, positive engagement with the public, staff engagement, media handling, public affairs and marketing

Undertake assigned projects, ensuring that agreed outcomes are delivered on time, within budget and to expected standards.

To work with fellow communications colleagues on creative thinking that will lead to campaigning that integrates all marketing and communications disciplines to effectively reach internal and external target audiences in innovative and economical ways

To work collaboratively with and in support of colleagues in the whole communications and engagement team using a variety of skills and techniques sometimes outside your specialist field.

Develop and maintain strong links with partner organisations, in particular their media and communications teams


Education to degree level or equivalent in another qualification or at least two years relevant professional experience

At least two years' experience of working with/within the media

Experience of working in a high pressure, deadline driven environment

Experience in working with senior representatives and advising them on how best to communicate via the media

Experience in developing effective news management strategies (desirable)

Experience of using a range of communication and engagement methods and channels including verbal, written, web based, presentational and digital and e communications

Experience of working with the media at all levels and have excellent journalistic skills and news sense

Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage a large number of tasks to multiple deadlines

Demonstrate the ability to work calmly, independently and using initiative in a high pressure environment


An understanding of the news creation process and the culture and structure of the local, national, trade and broadcast media

Excellent, speedy and accurate copy-writing skills

Good news sense

Ability to spot publicity opportunities, hazards and pitfalls and help manage crises

Ability to interpret and distil complex information into plain English fast and accurately

Excellent organisational and communication skills

Ability to think strategically in managing sensitive and important issues

Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Project management skills and the ability to take the lead on the management of key issues internally and externally (desirable)

Competence in using standard office IT applications such as Word, Outlook etc

Willingness to work out of usual office hours and away from the office as required

To apply please send your CV to the email address below or alternatively please call Rosie on (phone number removed)