Press and Media Officer
Posted on Jan 16, 2019 by The Talent Set
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is looking to recruit a Press and Media Officer. This newly created position is a great opportunity for someone to develop and deliver a PR and media strategy in order to increase awareness and portray the invaluable impact occupational therapy has on society.
Press and Media Officer Role
The Press and Media Officer will report into the Brand and Communications Manager, and will develop and deliver an engaging media and press strategy across the organisation. Working closely with the CEO and other senior stakeholders, this is a strategic position to continue RCOT's growth.
The key responsibilities on a day to day basis will include:
Devise and implement media strategies to incorporate reactive and proactive high-profile media coverage at both national and local levels.
Devise a strategy to align with wider campaigns/initiatives throughout the year.
Measure the impact of all press, PR and media activity to report on progress against strategic objectives and develop future strategic direction.
Support the dissemination of RCOT campaigns and key messages in response to high level consultations or government reports.
Work closely with the public affairs team to ensure strategies are aligned.
Develop briefings, formal and informal training for senior colleagues and members on how best to present RCOT to the media, in accordance with the Royal College's spokesperson policy.
Draft and circulate news releases, press lines, quotes, key messages, statements and briefings for journalists.
Run media events including press conferences and photo opportunities.
The ideal candidate for this role will have the following skills and experience:
Educated to degree level or with relevant work experience
Experience of developing and implementing media strategies and campaigns.
A good understanding or interest in the UK health and social care environment.
Charity, membership, education, NHS or public sector background.
Experience of working with senior stakeholders.
RCOT is the professional body for occupational therapy representing over 33,000 occupational therapists across the UK. Occupational therapists provide life-changing support to people managing illness, injuries and a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. Uniquely, they enable people to carry out daily activities ('occupations') which are essential for health and happiness. This vital care helps people recover and build new skills to enjoy a full and independent life.
RCOT plays a crucial role in setting and raising standards, campaigning to raise the profile of occupational therapy and the value its members deliver, supporting members' development and influencing policy throughout the UK
The closing date for this position is the 22nd Jan with interviews taking place w/c the 4th Feb.
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