The SNP Parliamentary Group of MSPs is looking to employ a full time Senior Communications Officer with immediate effect.
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
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
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:
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
up with ideas to help the Group generate positive and original coverage
and coordinate press releases to issue through the working day
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
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