City of Westminster Council
Salary Range: £25,833 - £29,796 per annum
Work Location: City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
Hours per week: 36
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 13 August 2019
THE WESTMINSTER WAY
At Westminster, we make sure everyone is valued. It’s about recognising individual talents and being enriched by the diversity of our people. And letting those people truly take the lead, either in their own roles or managing a team. Together, we’ll build a stronger, safer city for all our communities and the 250,000 residents who call Westminster home. And you’ll have the chance to do some extraordinary things in the process. Simply put, it’s the Westminster Way.
THE VOICE OF OUR CITY
This role provides support on the Council’s wide variety of media strategies and channels, advancing our ambitious goals and protecting our unique reputation. These include assisting with our media handling strategies, providing essential media services to council cabinet members and journalists, as well as generating ideas to continuously improve the effectiveness of the media team overall.
A key part of the role is leading on media and social media monitoring, producing daily reports. You’ll also be expected to research, draft and issue clear statements to use across a range of channels, including responding to residents’ questions on our Twitter channel.
Working with other teams in the communication directorate including campaigns and digital communications, you’ll also analyse data and evidence to assess the effectiveness of our media handling, identify lessons learned and find new and innovative ways to improve our communications.
Please note this is a politically restricted role – this should underpin all of your work.
SHOW US EXTRAORDINARY
In terms of experience, you’ll have at least a year of experience in a media/communications role. You’ll also have experience in delivering digital content across social media.
We’re looking for candidates who are able to use their own initiative, quickly grasp complex issues and remain calm and collected in pressured situations.
Naturally, you’ll have excellent communications skills both written and verbal, including writing news releases, media statements or other briefing material. You’ll also have a strong news and media understanding, with a keen eye for a good news story but also issues that might pose a risk to the council’s reputation.
In terms of qualifications, you’ll be educated to degree level or hold a communications qualification or equivalent by experience.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
If you’re productive, ambitious, collaborative and enterprising, this is your chance to take real ownership of your work, right in the heart of Westminster, a true ‘City for All’ and a flagship council. This is a one-of-a kind place where different ideas and perspectives are welcome, and your work truly matters. We never stop aiming higher – join us, and help shape our city for years to come.