Interim Media & Communications Officer – HR

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Interim Media & Communications Officer - HR
Ealing, London
Interim Position

Ealing 5818

Posted: 8th June 2022 11:49
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £22.79 per hour PAYE, depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Ealing, London,

    W5 2HL

What's involved with this role:

Interim Media & Communications Officer - HR

Job Ref: Ealing 5818

The post holder will be required to attend evening meetings and occasionally attend events outside normal office hours. Occasionally participate in an on-call rota to deal with urgent calls from the media and provide advice to the council’s senior officers, cabinet members and emergency response team 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

To develop, implement and sustain communications activity in support of the corporate communications strategy using appropriate political awareness and sensitivity. The post holder will provide expert advice to protect the council’s reputation in the media, responding quickly and effectively to sustain positive coverage and manage issues.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work with senior managers and members to plan, cost and deliver a range of marketing, media and communications activities to support client departments’ business plans and council priorities in liaison with colleagues across the department.
  • Develop and implement a wide range of media and communications strategies to support allocated portfolio briefs to secure positive coverage and influence opinion to further the council’s position.
  • Build and maintain excellent working relationships with internal client departments to provide an account management role for their communication requirements.
  • Lead across the department on handling media issues including briefing and preparing spokespeople for media interviews.
  • Escort members and senior officers to external engagements and interviews as required.
  • Use creative approaches to secure positive media coverage for the council through an effective proactive and reactive media and communications service and rebut inaccurate and hostile coverage.
  • Build and maintain close links with national, regional, trade and local media, key bloggers and social media influencers and develop contacts within specialist areas of activity to increase the amount of positive coverage about the council.
  • Monitor emerging issues, both positive and negative, and advise senior managers and cabinet members, as directed by the senior media and communications officer.
  • Develop new and interesting story ideas and research, write, proof-read and edit copy for a range of communications purposes.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a corporate communications plan to underpin the corporate communications strategy.
  • Commission a range of print and creative design services and other marketing campaign materials through internal and external suppliers, making detailed recommendations to ensure that creative campaigns meet the council’s marketing requirements.
  • Write and upload content to council websites and digital channels and social media.
  • Manage multi-disciplinary project teams working on campaigns for which the post holder is responsible, including the management of the work of agency or contractor staff.






“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


Experience & Knowledge:

  • Demonstrable experience and success in leading communications or media campaigns and generating positive coverage and feedback to improve service delivery in a local authority or closely related environment.
  • Demonstrable experience of working as or with journalists at a senior or national level and in all types of media.
  • Demonstrable experience of good project management skills.
  • Detailed knowledge of the diverse media and communications requirements and techniques required by a local authority and its operational services.
  • Able to lead on the preparation and deployment of media, marketing and communication campaigns and recommend the most appropriate communication tools and techniques in each case.



  • Able to prepare detailed briefs for senior officers and councillors for media interviews.
  • Able to understand complex numerical and other performance data and make recommendations on the appropriate media or communication response.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, persuasion and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to show creativity and flair to generate new ideas to ensure that the council gets media coverage in a highly competitive field.
  • Able to work effectively on a daily basis with corporate board and cabinet members and strategy and engagement colleagues
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of equality issues and the ability to integrate equalities policies into media and communications campaigns and service delivery
  • Able to write high quality, accurate copy for a range of publications, news releases and produce wide ranging and innovative online content.
  • Able to produce detailed briefs for the design and production of marketing campaign materials.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to very tight deadlines.


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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