Senior Media Relations Officer

Job Reference : 01329
Location : Layden House, Farringdon
Closing Date : 21/03/2017
Salary : £35,603 - £41,297 pa (including London Weighting)
Employment Type : Permanent, full-time
Department : Communications Directorate
Hours per week : 35

Two positions available

The Local Government Association (LGA) is looking to recruit two senior media relations officers to join the national press office for local government.

You will play a senior role in supporting the work of the LGA’s media team to promote and protect the interests of local government, and ensure the sector has a voice in the big political stories of the day. From elderly care to education and potholes to policing, we deal with a huge array of different stories and are always in the news.

Working in our Communications Directorate, your main duties will include:

  • Generating positive, proactive news stories which reflect the LGA’s corporate and campaigning objectives
  • Rebutting negative news stories about local government
  • Providing advice and counsel to elected members and senior staff, preparing briefings for high-profile media interviews
  • Working on policy-driven campaigns which reflect the priorities of our member authorities and the people they serve
  • Supporting member authorities by offering guidance, advice and help with crisis communications
  • Assisting the Media Manager with the smooth day-to-day running of the team, offering guidance to more junior members of staff

As a senior member of the team, you will help us generate proactive stories which set the news agenda and secure positive, high-profile, national news coverage for local government.

We are looking for someone with significant media relations experience working in a political environment. Educated to degree level, you will have a track record of working under pressure to cut through complex policy issues to secure national media coverage and experience of working in a political environment.

The ideal candidate will have excellent personal and influencing skills that are required to build good working relationships in a complex political organisation.

You will have a thorough understanding of the major issues facing local government and the way it works so you can hit the ground running. A positive, ‘can do’ team player you will arrive full of ideas about how local government’s voice can be heard on the national stage. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with media relations experience who wants to become an integral part of one of the busiest press offices in Westminster. 

The LGA's registered and primary place of work is Local Government House, Smith Square. Due to the refurbishment of this building the LGA will be at Layden House, Farringdon (zone 1) for a period of up to 12 months from November 2016.

Closing Date: 5pm, 21 March 2017
Interview Date: to be confirmed


The LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community

 

This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.