Location: 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. Although when Covid is more of a risk we all work from home and don’t have office time.
Salary: Grade 5 (£30,690)
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full-time, which for NEON is 28 hours a week – the equivalent of a 4 day standard work week. This can be done over 4 or 5 days, that’s totally up to you.
Hours are generally flexible, with some core meetings everyone has to be at. This role will require evening and weekend working in response to urgent news moments and interview requests from producers. We can’t always plan for these moments in advance but you will work on a rota basis and time off in lieu will be given when your work goes beyond your contracted hours. One weekend a month you may be expected to be on call to be available to deal with the requests if they arise.
Benefits: 7.5% employer matched pension; flexible working across our office and remotely; a 28-hour week with no change to pay; 20 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays and Christmas break) and a generous staff development budget which also includes paying for coaching and therapy. A caring and learning culture that takes anti-oppression seriously and genuinely tries to live values of solidarity, generosity and respect
Reporting to: Head of Media
Application deadline: 23.59pm, Wednesday 9th February 2022
About the role:
The Press Officer supports our flagship Spokesperson Network programmes, placing people in broadcast media on a regular basis, developing and maintaining media contacts and meeting the needs of participants on the Spokesperson Network.
Your main day-to-day role will be identifying opportunities for members of our Spokesperson Network, and then coordinating between them and producers to secure TV and radio opportunities for them.
Most days will involve spotting opportunities in the news early in the day that would be relevant for the spokespeople we have on our books, checking in with the various spokes to see who is available, formatting pitches to put out on our media list and then fixing up the details when media bids come in to ensure that bookings happens smoothly and effectively.
Requests for the members of the Spokesperson Network happen regularly outside of office hours and during the weekend. Part of this role will involve sharing responsibility to be available to respond to these bookings and fix them up when they happen.
You will also be involved in delivering broadcast media training for both the spokespeople who are coming on the network, and for the various trainings that are contracted by other organisations.
Maintaining a series of good relations is essential to this project, both in terms of maintaining good relationships with all of the people on the spokesperson network and playing an active role in the their wellbeing as they navigate challenging media situations, and also in terms of maintaining good connections with bookers and producers and meeting their needs where possible.
This project is part of a wider Communications Hub in which you’ll play an active role helping to develop the overall strategy and direction of the project.
To find out more and to apply, download the application pack.