Head of Media and External Communications

Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes / Bedfordshire, Luton / Northamptonshire
£85000.00 - £100000 per annum + benefits
02 Jul 2018
01 Aug 2018
Chris McCarthy
B2C, Education
Business Type
Media Owner
Contract Type
The Head of Media and External Communications will create strategies that build our client's reputation and manage reputation risk. You will develop relationships with key contacts across UK and international media to build and maintain awareness of and support for the organisation and its initiatives, and through these relationships, communicate their Story.

Main Responsibilities:

* Monitor the media landscape and develop an effective understanding of current and possible future strategies.
* Create a proactive media relations strategy and plans that builds and protects reputation and influences customers, stakeholders and those that influence them.
* Identify stakeholders and build coalitions that help to achieve strategic goals
* Develop a proactive strategy for managing risks to the organisation's reputation and the handling of high level crisis situations effectively and quickly.
* Translate the strategy into practical communication and action plans; lead and organise media and social media campaigns as required.
* Assume editorial control of the organisation News website, including overseeing production of content, and working with project management support to ensure consistency and coordination of output across all channels
* Work flexibly with the Director of Communications to ensure that External Communications strategies and plans are appropriately integrated with Corporate Communications plans and are mutually reinforcing
* Manage or delegate responsibility for contracts with external consultants, including external PR agencies, and monitor and evaluate their performance against contract.
* Lead, manage and develop the Media Relations, Social Media Engagement and Digital Services teams; encouraging joined-up working and team cohesion and facilitating reliable team communications, ensuring the quality of performance of staff, instilling both a culture for creativity and effective project management.
* Media Relations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Work with the Nation Directors in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure to ensure that media activity is effectively co-ordinated and that the organisation presents a consistent approach.

Experience required:

* Extensive experience in a press office or journalistic environment at managerial level
* Proven ability to deliver effective multi-channel communications with demonstrable impact
* Understanding and appreciation of the broader political landscape in which they operate
* Experience of leading, managing and developing a team of news professionals in a large, complex organisation
* Must have a creative approach to generating media publicity and drive social media campaigns.
* Strong demonstrable project management skills and familiarity with working with project management support.

This is a live role with a key client. For immediate consideration and full details on the role, please submit an application ASAP.