Assistant Communications Officer

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £12.74 per hour
Published 3 months ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Gemma Lillington
Job ref HSCNI0001663_1602255853

Job description

Temporary Assistant Communications Officer required for a large public sector client based at Linenhall Street, Belfast.

Rate of Pay: £12.74 per hour

Location: Belfast city centre

Hours: Full time - 37.5 hours

Duration: Temporary ongoing

Main duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide a media communications service as part of the Corporate and Public Affairs team
  • Act as a first point of contact for journalists and other media in relation to enquiries about agency services, staff, plans and other related matters
  • Handle media enquiries, and assist in the preparation and issuing of statements, and liaise with print, broadcast and online media
  • Facilitate media interviews; assist in the arrangement and management of press conferences, photo calls, interviews and campaign launches; and assist in the coordination of journalists and media crews on agency premises and on location
  • Assist in the provision of media and communications support to directors and senior managers, as well as staff throughout the organisation
  • Liaise with communications colleagues and others to safeguard the agency's reputation and identify opportunities for coordinated communication
  • Assist in identifying, developing and delivering proactive media opportunities
  • Develop communications plans for proactive and potentially high-profile changes that may impact on service delivery or the reputation of the agency
  • Participate in monitoring, responding and creating content on social media platforms
  • Assist in media and social media monitoring, analysis of media trends and the development of agency media strategies as required
  • Assist in assessment, analysis and engagement on political and public affairs issues.
  • Provide operational support in the updating and maintenance of the agency's internet and intranet sites
  • Record enquiries using an electronic monitoring system/ database for media enquiries and related matters
  • Assist with the organisation of corporate events, public affairs and digital communication when necessary
  • Assist with the preparation of briefings and other writing as delegated.
  • Attend, as a member of or adviser to, various meetings, including incident management meetings, and committees as appropriate

Essential criteria:

  • A university degree or professional qualification and one year's relevant experience working in a communications team, involving liaising with internal and external stakeholders
    • OR - HNC /HND or relevant equivalent/higher qualification AND two years' relevant experience working in a communications team, involving liaising with internal and external stakeholders.
    • OR - four years' relevant experience working in a communications team, involving liaising with internal and external stakeholders, including at least one in drafting responses
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff within the agency and to liaise with various external agencies.
  • Ability to work under pressure without full supervision - which may require working outside normal hours.
  • Working knowledge of information technology and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Good written and organisational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain good working relations with a wide range of health and social services care professionals and others.
  • The ability to participate in and promote team effectiveness

If you are interested and available for this position please upload your CV to the link.

Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles.

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