Senior Communications Officer: #SNP Parliamentary Office. Oi, Geez a Joab

Enquiries for further information: SNP Parliamentary Group office
The SNP Parliamentary Group of MSPs is looking to employ a full time Senior Communications Officer with immediate effect.
Main Duties
  • To promote the SNP Parliamentary Group position within the media and support MSPs in their relationship with the media
  • Drafting press releases on political issues
  • Liaising with broadcast media and briefing MSPs for media appearances
  • Briefing national media on behalf of SNP MSPs
  • Supporting MSPs to develop local press stories and campaigns
  • Drafting articles and media briefings
  • Delivering communications across print, broadcast and online media
  • Liaising with other SNP groups, Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries
Skills and Experience
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a wide range of political and communications skills
  • Ability
    to work quickly, to produce accurate information and draft press
    releases and communications lines within tight time scales.
  • Experience of developing and communicating consistent messages across a range of formats
  • Understanding and experience of working with local media including developing stories or campaigns
  • Experience of actively promoting news stories and setting media agenda
  • Experience of using online media to communicate key messages and target new audiences
  • Applicants
    must have a firm knowledge of current Scottish politics at all levels,
    the Scottish Parliamentary system and Scottish media
  • Must be able to work well within a small team and independently, and to respond flexibly and creatively to a range of requests.
In addition to the duties of a Communications Officer, the Senior Communications Officer will:
  • Be
    lead contact in the Communications team, working closely with the Head
    of Communications and Research on day-to-day media strategy
  • Identify relevant news stories for the SNP Parliamentary Group to respond to
  • Come
    up with ideas to help the Group generate positive and original coverage
    and coordinate press releases to issue through the working day
  • Come
    up with ideas for taking the week’s media coverage forward for weekend
    releases, and coordinating and encouraging team members in this process
  • Help to coordinate media bids, liaising with the research team to ensure MSPs have briefings as required
  • Help to support the SNP’s Parliamentary Group’s social media output
  • Assist with training of new members of staff
  • Be
    a positive and communicative representative for the SNP Parliamentary
    Group with the media – even under difficult circumstances.
Salary will be based on skills/experience.
should send a tailored CV with cover letter (no more than one page) to
SNPMSPgroup@parliament.scot by 12 noon on Wednesday 24th August.
Applicants may also wish to include with their CVs any examples of their
work in drafting articles, press releases and/or coverage obtained.
Interviews are likely to take place in the week beginning 29th August.
Expiry/Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 24th August, 2016 SOURCE

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