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Press and PR Officer


Posted on Sep 22, 2021 by CV-Library

West Midlands (County), United Kingdom
Immediate Start
£35k - £35k Annual
Immediate start

Remote working (home based)

Up to 6 months with potential to extend

Client Details

Public Sector


To contribute to the management of news and to the proactive promotion of Council programmes, services, policies and events through public relations activity which creates maximum positive impact for Birmingham, building trust between residents and the Council, driving service take-up and ensuring effective communication with the public, staff and stakeholders.

To build and maintain regular contact with journalists across all platforms, including specialist press and bloggers, and with communications peers in relevant external organisations, and to work to maximise the value of these relationships through positive coverage of Council programmes, services, policies and events.

2. To use a range of appropriate methods - eg drafting news releases, features, picture captions, web copy, media briefings, liaising with journalists, identifying and supporting spokespeople, attending events as necessary in order to achieve maximum positive coverage for the Council and contribute to Birmingham's good reputation.
3. To deal with breaking news and reputation/crisis issues as part of routine media management
4. To work as part of a co-ordinated team to deliver a comprehensive news service 24 hours/365 days on a rota basis, including the production of a daily news briefing
5. To contribute to the regular and accurate monitoring of the impact of the service, including through collection and analysis of data
6. To work with officers in the wider unit (Campaign Communications, Design etc) to support marketing campaigns through public relations activity which maximises the value of campaigns in the Corporate Communications forward plan
7. To act as account manager/business lead for a number of Council portfolios in relation to news management and public relations, including attending briefing meetings and contributing to formal reports as necessary
8. To deputise for the Press & PR Manager as required


Strong communication skills, excellent writing ability and experience working with a wide range of stakeholders.

Job Offer

Immediate start

Remote working (home based)

Reference: 214722478

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