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.

Applicants should send a tailored CV with cover letter (no more than one page) to 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

Senior Communications Officer – SNP Parliamentary Office  05/08/16

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