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Free job description Chief Press Officer
The Chief Press Officer provides outstanding editorial leadership to the Corporate Communications team and advice to the wider communications division on all aspects of media liaison and relations. Working with senior executives across the business, they will lead the news management of stories affecting reputation and act as senior spokesperson. They will also work to drive all the ’s strategic communications.
4)The Chief Press Officer must be able to present a plan to respond to media enquiries as they come in – it is not enough to take instruction.
5)To deputise for the Head of Media Relations, including as a point of referral for the wider Corporate Hub teams.
6)Working with the Head of Press and other senior communications colleagues, to deliver proactive corporate messages and communications strategy.
7)To act as a senior spokesman for the Corporation in reactive media relations and to be a key co-ordinator in the management of potentially negative issues
8)To ensure that all communications with the media including releases, statements and social media activity, are co-ordinated and comply with the ’s editorial standards, style and tone.
9)To ensure all the briefing material is accurate and up to date whenever it is requested by executives across the organisation.
10)To lead in certain areas of corporate comms entirely
1)To be responsible for all aspects of media liaison including issues management on corporate issues.
2)To manage day to day flow of stories out of the Corporate Press Office to the media. Taking guidance from HoP&MR where necessary
3)The Chief Press Officer will be expected to anticipate reputational issues that may arise.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
1) Considerable communications experience operating at a senior level
2) Extensive experience of developing and implementing press operations strategies in a complex business environment
3) A comprehensive understanding of the industry and the economic, social and economic climate in which it operates
4) A thorough understanding of policies and current issues.
5) Excellent knowledge of media and press operations including social media.
6) Excellent attention to detail and knowledge of output and structures vital.
7) Excellent team management skills
Communication - excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to get message across by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and nature of information. Ability to deal with a wide range of people with tact and diplomacy. To deliver accurate information, effectively and on time.
Managing relationships and team working - ability to deal with a wide range of people with tact and diplomacy and work flexibly as part of a team. Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
Influencing and persuading – about to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
Resilience - Strong ability to work with ambiguity and constantly changing set of circumstances and issues. Manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions and sustaining performance in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
•The Chief Press Officer oversees day to day management of the Corporate Press Office.
•The role also requires a close working relationship with the other parts of the Corporate Hub – Public Affairs, Digital and Front Desk teams.
11)Manage the press office team of Media Relations Managers and press officers.
Oversee the day to day running of the Corporate Press Office including recruitment, training and performance management. Ensuring each press officer is challenged and has specific proactive projects of their own to do.
12)To comply with all relevant safety rules, procedures and guidelines. To be aware of responsibilities under the safety policy.
13)To comply with policies on Diversity and to apply the principles of the policy when carrying out the role.