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What a relief there’s such an amazing opportunity right here! If you have strong PR experience and a passion for fundraising on a national scale, this leading charity may just have the role for you… 

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK. Since starting out in 1985, they have raised over £1 billion. They are known for their two big fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief.

They are looking for Senior Media Officers to develop and deliver creative, national and regional media strategies for Comic Relief’s partnerships and fundraising campaigns. This role will manage various year-round partnerships (e.g. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, British Airways) and lead Sport Relief 2020 projects as required.

The successful candidate will also support the Comic Relief press office, including joining the on-call rota for out-of-hours media enquiries, and is likely to include line management responsibility. International travel may be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Planning and delivery – develop and deliver creative, ambitious and realistic national and regional media strategies, ensuring plans meet agreed targets and are evaluated appropriately
  • Strategies will support wider organisational objectives and integrate all communications channels (media, social, digital, etc.)
  • Evaluating and improving approach – ensure all activity is planned, monitored and evaluated according to Comic Relief Media team processes and contribute to discussions to improve these processes
  • Profiling the work Comic Relief funds and the difference it makes
  • Work directly with funded projects, and the people they support, to show the positive impact donations make
  • This may involve setting up and managing visits with journalists, influencers, and high-profile supporters
  • Team management and processes – this role is likely to include line management of a media assistant or officer during busy times of the year and is expected to implement all teams’ systems and procedures necessary for the smooth and efficient running of the press office
  • Relationship management – establish and build collaborative, quality relationships with all relevant internal and external stakeholders
  • This will include several partners that will be assigned to the role, as well as media, key influencers, PR agencies and taking the lead on media activity in internal project working groups
  • Risk awareness and reputation management – monitor the press regularly to identify appropriate opportunities and potential threats to the promotion of the work of Comic Relief and other key partners
  • Update Comms management team and where relevant other colleagues on any coverage with a high level of opportunity or threat in a timely manner

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE

  • At least five years PR experience, likely to be at Account Manager level or similar in a PR Agency or a Senior Press Officer/Publicist in-house
  • Educated to degree level
  • Proven experience of developing, implementing and evaluating high profile media strategies
  • Proven experience of working on sensitive subject matters
  • An ability to develop and deliver fresh creative ideas that generate media coverage
  • Proven experience of managing key stakeholder relationships (internal or external)
  • Proven experience of working with PR agencies
  • Proven experience working with talent and their publicists to deliver high profile content
  • Good experience managing and prioritising multiple complex projects to strict deadlines even when faced with challenges
  • Excellent writer
  • Line management experience is desirable but not essential

TO APPLY

  • Follow this link to apply
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website