Senior Press Officer
Crown Prosecution Service
Salary: £34,988 - £42,685 +£3150 RRA
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time, Job share
Hours: 41 hours, including lunch breaks
Location: This post will be based in London.
Closing date: 27 March 2017
About the job
The CPS is constantly in the news. We bring hundreds of thousands of criminal cases to court each year in England and Wales, and are leaders in developing the criminal justice approach to the most difficult and sensitive cases.
We are looking for an ambitious and talented Senior Press Officer to join our friendly, supportive and expanding team dealing with all national media issues.
You will be confident talking to journalists and senior lawyers alike, and have the ability to understand and translate complex issues quickly and accurately.
You will be enthusiastic and creative as we drive forward our digital communications and campaigning capability alongside our proactive and reactive media work. The successful candidate will be well versed in planning and producing content for digital channels and will be expected to play a leading role within the Press Office on this aspect of our work.
Your news judgment will be second to none and you will be able to anticipate and handle negative press stories at short notice. You will also be expected to use this judgment in order to regularly source and deliver positive proactive stories from within the CPS.
The job is demanding but extremely rewarding with every case bringing different challenges and every policy development different opportunities to promote the CPS.
We deal with everything from terrorism, serious sex offences, electoral fraud, hate crime and murder to corporate manslaughter, extradition, arms smuggling, deaths in custody, tax evasion and much, much more.
The CPS is at the heart of the Criminal Justice System and its dynamic HQ press office provides a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year service to the media.
You will line manage a small team of professionals, and you will liaise closely with the relevant police services or other investigators as well as other government departments including the Attorney General’s Office, Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. You’ll also offer your expert advice on media handling to senior CPS staff including those at the highest levels of the organisation.
The successful applicant will be expected to take part in an out-of-hours duty rota, for which an allowance and overtime are paid.
Please note that it is a requirement of this role for the post holder to attend the CPS New Manager Programme (NMP) and successfully complete the associated Accreditation or to have already completed or be working towards the CPS Level 3 or Level 4 Certificate in Operational Management.
Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further;
• formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
• Review communication and media plans to ensure activities reflect the priorities of DPP and senior leaders and are also measurable
• Initiate and lead the development of both reactive and proactive integrated media campaigns that build on insight and tracking data.
• Demonstrate excellent written communication skills and set standards for communication. Provide overall editorial control to ensure appropriate content, messaging, tone and consistency in all communication
• Evaluate the effectiveness of communication against objectives. Review lessons learnt and compare with industry best practice to identify areas for improvement.
Leading and Communicating
• Be visible to staff and stakeholders and regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust with people involved in area of work
• Clarify plans, giving clear sense of direction and purpose of self and team
• Confidently engage with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels to generate commitment to goals
Collaborating and Partnering
• Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on objectives and shared interests
• Actively involve partners to deliver a business outcome through collaboration that achieves better results for citizens
• Seek constructive outcomes in discussions, challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress
Making Effective Decisions
• Analyse and evaluate pros and cons and identify risks in order to make decisions that take account of the wider context, including diversity and sustainability
• Identify the main issues in complex problems, clarify understanding or stakeholder expectations, to seek best option
• Make difficult decisions by pragmatically weighing up the complexities involved
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Candidates who are recommended by the selection panel but not appointed to the current vacancy will be placed on a waiting list for 6 months and may be offered another post should any further vacancies for Senior Press Officer arise in this Area during this period.
This is a full time post. However, requests for flexible, part-time working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department.
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