The Ministry of Justice
Based: Central London
|Posted:||Thu 6 Feb 2020|
|Closing Date:||Fri 28 Feb 2020|
|Employer:||Ministry of Justice|
Media relations roles
PR & comms officers
|Employment Type:||Full time|
Petty France, Central London SW1H 9AJ
£30,389 - £37,806 plus generous overtime payments for participation in the out of hours rota
From keeping drugs out of prisons, to overhauling divorce laws and making upskirting illegal – the Ministry of Justice is one of only a handful of Government departments that can truly dominate the news agenda.
And our press office, bursting with talent, is widely recognised as the gold standard within government for shaping stories and influencing news across print, broadcast and online. With a diverse remit including prisons and probation, family justice, legal aid and modernising the courts system, our office is always busy, with no two days are ever the same.
We are looking for creative, hard-working, passionate people to join our friendly and collegial team so if you’re looking for a job where you can develop with genuine support and encouragement from experienced communications professionals, keep reading.
You will have responsibility for setting up and managing media facilities, organising interviews, drafting sharp reactive statements and briefing journalists to generate and influence our coverage. You will have the opportunity to advise Ministers and provide them with media handling advice on announcements, visits and speeches.
If these challenges sound exciting and you enjoy the buzz from working in a busy environment –apply now to be a Ministry of Justice media officer. You are exactly who we’re looking for.
About the roles
Due to a number of recent promotions, we currently have five media officer vacancies available across our office which is split into six teams working on specific policy areas, for example our Prisons Desk and Courts Desk, a news planning desk which works with 10 Downing St to coordinate announcements and our Newsdesk which reacts to most incoming calls from journalists.
While the exact balance of responsibilities will depend on the desk you join, all media officers are expected to:
- Create proactive announcements and media strategies, using everything from traditional broadcast and print media to consumer websites and social media.
- Provide regular media handling advice to Ministers, officials and colleagues on sensitive, complex and high-profile issues.
- Anticipate and spot news stories so that you can prepare and issue robust responses to potentially negative stories swiftly.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with Ministers, officials, journalists, stakeholders and colleagues in other departments.
- Work effectively with others in the Communications Team so that media plans are joined up with digital, internal and strategic communications plans.
- Understand departmental and Ministerial priorities so you can communicate key messages clearly, accurately and creatively to media.
You would also contribute to the press office’s out-of-hours service to the department and to the media, for which overtime is paid.
More details on these can be found in the Government Communication Professional Competency (Technical Skills) Framework (PDF).
Existing civil servants on level transfer will retain their level of pay unless this is lower than the starting salary as per MoJ T&Cs. In all cases, overtime is paid pro rata for out of hours duties.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working hours system. Like most government press offices, our jobs mean working hours can be unpredictable at times, but you will not be expected to work overtime regularly and ensuring everyone has a healthy work-life balance is a priority for us. You will take part in the out of hours duty rota, which is rewarded through generous overtime payment, but there is flexibility, particularly for those with parental or caring responsibilities.
Security clearance and residency
If you are successful at interview, we will work with you to acquire security clearance. This is a straightforward process for most people but does require you to have been resident in the UK for at least the last five years.
If you want to speak to someone about what the role entails or what we are looking for from applicants, please don’t hesitate to call Richard Mellor on 0203 334 0174.
For more details and to apply visit our website and follow the link ‘Apply for a Job’ and search reference ‘32116’.
Closing date: 28 February 2020.
Please mention HoldtheFrontPage when applying for this role. This advert will expire on Friday 28th February 2020.
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