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Press Officer

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THIS ROLE IS AT 10 AM on MONDAY 2 DEC 2013

Background
Do you have what it takes to deal daily with national breaking news stories on some of the most talked about policy areas in Government? If you think you have the talent, skills and experience to be part of our team in one of the busiest Press Offices in Whitehall then we’re keen to hear from you. From Academies and Free Schools to child protection and adoption, you’ll see prominent stories about the Department in national newspapers and in broadcast bulletins on a daily basis. We are dealing with fast-paced reforms to create a world-class system and services where opportunity exist. We are raising standards, We need talented press officers to communicate these messages. It’s an exciting time and if you fancy testing yourself in a busy, fast-paced press office, then let’s talk.

Main Duties/ Responsibilities
You will be joining the Newsdesk within the press office and you’ll be expected to hit the ground running. Your role will involve working an 8-4 shift patten and setting up the office every day by takin over from te duty press officer at 8am and preparing for and chariring the morning office meeting at 9.15 by going through all the significant print and broadcast coverage has recieved overnight. You will then work with our busy Newsdesk team to take calls from national reporters and prepare relevant briefing with policy leads on their queries. Press officers have regular contact with Ministers and Special Advisors and you will be expected to provide them with media handling advice in order to influence coverage. We expect you to come equipped with a solid grasp of the news value of our media activity, proven experience of working in a busy communications environment and the ability to foster and maintain good relations with a wide range of people. You will be expected to deliver accurate, high quality media messages, as well as ensuring you can rebut inaccurate stories.

Skills/ Experience Required
You are expected to have a sharp news sense, good political instincts and excellent media skills. We expect candidates to have the judgement and drive to make difficult decisions and remain focused under pressure. You should enjoy tackling complex issues with determination and be able to take appropriate action quickly and confidently, even in the face of resistance. The ability to quickly build effective relationships and use them to influence others and negotiate diplomatically to meet your ends is desirable. You should be able to show you have the confidence and ability to influence or stand-up to officials, and even Ministers, in order to deliver appropriate comms outcomes. Every member of the press office team is expected to contribute to the office working environment and you will need to be an enthusiastic team player. You will be expected to work hard and use your own initiative, but you will have a strong, experienced and friendly team of people to draw support from.

THE APPLICANTS MUST HAVE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PRESS EXPERIENCE AND NOT COMMUNICATIONS

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