Press Officer: North West (maternity cover)

Location: Manchester (preferred) or London.  Home (if Manchester based) or hybrid working: our flexible working policy requires everyone London-based to be in our east London office for 25% of the time as a minimum because building in-person relationships is important to us (that could be one week a month, or a day or two a week), but you’re welcome to be there more as many staff are.
Salary: Starting salary of £30,690 pro rata (0.75 FTE based on NEON’s full-time week being 28 hours, equivalent to 4 days per week).
Contract type: Fixed-term 12 months (Maternity cover)
Hours: 8/8.30am to 4/4.30pm three days per week, 21 hours.
Benefits:  7.5% employer matched pension after probation; flexible working; 15 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays and Christmas break).
Reporting to: Head of Media
Application deadline: Sunday 19th December 2021, 23.59pm, 
Interviews: For successful applicants, first interviews will be held week commencing 17th January 2022.

About the role:  

The New Economy Spokesperson Network is a project to train up and substantially boost the number of progressive, diverse voices in the mainstream media. We have begun building our regional media presence outside of the national and London base, starting in Manchester and the North West. This role will be responsible for recruiting spokespeople and establishing strong media contacts across the North West region, implementing the lessons of our recent regional communications review, alongside managing this project. 

You might have a background in journalism and a desire to branch out into campaigning and social change, or you could be someone with a background in social movements and campaigns who has had some experience in dealing with the media.

You will act as a Press Officer for members of the network, including identifying broadcast opportunities, being in regular contact with spokespeople to help them develop messaging on key issues and proactively contacting outlets to get our spokespeople into broadcast and print. You will respond to the daily news agenda, spotting stories in the morning and as they emerge throughout the day. 

In short you will be both mostly a press officer, but also a media trainer. 

To find out more, and to apply, download the application pack