Vacancy at the Political Studies Association - Communications and Media Officer
COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA OFFICER
The Political Studies Association
The Political Studies Association exists to develop and promote the study of politics. Founded in 1950, we are the leading Association in our field in the United Kingdom, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and students in higher education.
Main Job Purpose
To manage the Political Studies Association’s external and internal communications and marketing activities in order to enhance the reputation and public profile both of the Association and of political studies as a whole.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop the PSA’s communications strategy and forward planning with the CEO and trustees including messaging, audience and channels.
- Work with the CEO and trustees to support the redevelopment and continuous improvement of the current PSA website, which is currently subject to a competitive tendering exercise.
- Manage the content of the website to ensure it is current and relevant.
- Coordinate and oversee all communications with members (including the website, PSA News, e-Newsletter and membership materials) ensuring consistency of style, timely delivery and clarity of message.
- Plan regular and timely media briefings and write press releases, articles and statements to tight deadlines.
- Maintain and develop the PSA’s social media presence -Twitter, Facebook and YouTube etc .
- Provide communications support for all PSA events, including developing and implementing media strategies for the annual conference and annual awards, live tweeting/streaming events, and sourcing and briefing photographers/filmographers where necessary. Increase and improve the use of video and audio material from PSA events.
- Manage media relations to keep the organisation in the public eye: developing relationships with key political journalists, producers and editors; handling media enquiries, including requests for PSA expertise; maintaining a current media contact database; and logging requests.
- Lead on the development of communications and media training for PSA members: manage the Total Exposure project; provide social media guidance/workshops;
- Manage and develop the PSA Blog and promote it to key policy influencers, academics and the public.
- Ensuring positive internal communication between staff, trustees and members, with the support of the rest of the PSA staff.
n.b. It is the PSA’s policy to recruit interns on short-term appointments and they would be expected to support some of the above activities.
The key knowledge, skills and experience required for this role are:
- At least two to three years’ experience in a similar role.
- Website content management experience.
- Developing marketing materials; some understanding of branding and design.
- Organising events such as media briefings, and providing communications support to large-scale events.
- Writing and editing newsletters and other membership materials.
- Writing press releases
- Managing and developing social media accounts.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience of copywriting and proofreading.
- Design and creative literacy including an ability to constructively brief and appraise creative work.
- Good analytical skills and the ability to distil complex concepts and language and communicate it in a clear, succinct way.
- Scrupulous attention to detail.
- Ability to prioritise workload and work on own initiative as well as under the direction of the CEO and as part of a team.
- An interest in politics and current affairs.
- An undergraduate degree in a relevant field
- Media relations management.
- Experience of website development and design.
- Experience of using video editing software and/or graphic design tools.
- Some knowledge of desktop publishing.
- Some knowledge of the wider UK research and higher education sector.
- An understanding and preferably some practical experience of working in a small office environment within the voluntary/academic sectors. The ability to work in a collegial and supportive manner within a small team.
- Some experience of managing budgets and monitoring expenditure.
- A Masters degree in a relevant field.
This role reports to the PSA Chief Executive who in turn is accountable to the Board of Trustees whose role is to determine the strategic direction of the Association. There are currently five other staff in the national office who report to the CEO.
Terms of Employment
1. The starting salary will be £28,000 with scope for annual progression.
2. 37.5 hour working week excluding lunch; willingness to work very occasional evenings and weekends with no overtime payments
3. 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
4. Employer contribution to pension (6% for employee contribution of 3% of salary, 10% for employee contribution of 5% of salary)
How to apply
Please send a CV (no more than three sides of A4) and a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) explaining why you are suited to the role by midday on 13 June 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted as soon as possible in the week beginning 18 June and interviews will take place in the week beginning 25 June. If you have not heard from us by 22 June please assume that you have been unsuccessful.