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Press Officer - Saving Lives at Sea (Contract)
£25,662 - £30,190 pro rata Plus Benefits
Our client’s lifeboats rescued over 8,000 people in 2017 while their lifeguards helped more than 24,000 people on beaches around the UK and Republic of Ireland. It’s quite a story and it’s yours to tell.
This exciting charity is looking for a Press Officer to join their busy national press office in Poole, Dorset on a contract until December 2019. You’ll primarily be responsible for supporting the making of the BBC's Saving Lives at Sea the fourth series of the programme about our client’s lifesaving work.
Working with the Media Engagement team, Film and Image Unit and our volunteers and staff around the coast, you’ll co-ordinate the logistics of this fantastic series. You’ll also find and review existing footage, research stories, identify and brief interviewees, help arrange additional filming and liaise between the production company and teams across the organisation.
You’ll be a skilled communicator with good organisation and project management skills who can juggle priorities and work well with people across the organisation. You will need to be able to spot a good story, understand what the production company needs and balance that with the demands of a busy volunteer-based emergency service.
To be considered, you will need:
- Some experience of finding and pitching stories that include key organisational messages
- Some experience in a busy media environment and of communications best practice, including media relations and press releases
- Writing, social media and basic video production
- Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills
- Great written and verbal communication skills
- At a minimum, A Levels (or equivalent)
A media, PR or communications qualification would be highly beneficial.
Primarily based in Poole, there will be opportunities to travel across the UK to support various aspects of the programme production. A driving licence would be an advantage.
Our client is a 24/7 search and rescue organisation and you should be ready to work outside normal office hours and take part in the out-of-hours duty press officer rota. You’ll also support the wider Press Office team on social media and the news desk where needed.
This is currently a temporary contract until December 2019 and therefore our client is looking for someone who can start immediately.
Your reward will be seeing our client’s reputation go from strength to strength as you help raise awareness of this lifesaving charity and inspire people to support them.
Our client is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. They expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting).
The closing date for applications is the 24th February 2019.
Our client’s staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. They respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within their teams, and consider it essential to help them deliver a world-class lifesaving service. They are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, they also look for applicants who share their commitment to living their values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping them work towards their goals of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024. This involves a growing commitment to preventative action, using expertise to work in partnership with communities locally, nationally and internationally to prevent drowning.
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