Communications Officer

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Technical Support - L 1, 2,3
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Competitive salary offered
NFP People on behalf of Stroke Association
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Communications Officer

We re looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the PR and Media Team at the Stroke Association as Communications Officer Devolved Nations for Northern Ireland and the UK on a 12 month fixed term contract.

Position: CE106 Communications Officer Devolved Nations

Location: Homebased, Northern Ireland

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: Circa £24,400 per annum (inner London weighting £3,299 per annum or outer London weighting £1,755 per annum may be applied in accordance to where you live)

Contract: This is a fixed term contract for 12 months from the appointed start date

Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (this will increase with service up to 30 days, full time equivalent) cashback and discount scheme, employee assistance programme, learning and development, pension scheme, Life Assurance, Eye Care vouchers, Long Service Award, Tax-free childcare, Health Cash Plan, Working Pattern Agreement, flexible working opportunities available.

Closing Date: 28 August 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Interviews will be held via video conferencing. Please let us know if this will present any challenges when you email your application.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of PR and Media, this role delivers and coordinates the Stroke Association s communications activity in Northern Ireland - delivering against core organisational goals and working collaboratively with other teams across the charity (approximately 3 days per week)

In addition, this role also supports the delivery of Stroke Association s UK national media and public relations activity (approximately 2 days per week).

The role will deliver a stronger, consistent charity profile, messaging and voice through impactful media coverage, social media and other communications activity.

Key responsibilities will include:

Acting as the first port of call for all Northern Ireland communications activity, delivering a proactive, effective and 24/7 Northern Ireland press office, building relationships with identified media and opinion formers, and ensuring timely media responses based on organisational and reputational priorities.
Delivering against PR briefs that meet identified strategic communications aims and tactical gaps.
Coordinating and managing the relevant Northern Ireland pages on the Stroke Association s website and intranet, and producing articles and copy promoting the devolved nation s activity in other internal and external communication channels.
Planning and managing the Northern Ireland social media accounts, delivering engaging content, managing the community/ies and delivering improvements based on data-led evaluations - working alongside the UK social media team.
Supporting with the delivery of the Northern Ireland locality plan, gathering and providing local intelligence and insight and identifying local opportunities for media coverage.
Supporting the UK team to deliver a proactive, effective and 24/7 press office, building relationships with identified UK national print, online and broadcast media and opinion formers, and ensuring timely media responses based on organisational and reputational priorities.

About You

You will be/ have experience/have a proven record of:

Generating coverage by working with Northern Ireland, local and regional media, ideally in the charity sector
Working knowledge of the political and health systems Northern Ireland, including an understanding of relevant legislation and how it applies to the Stroke Association
Generating coverage in the UK national print, online and broadcast media
Working with colleagues to identify media volunteers (case studies) and develop stories, and use to deliver media coverage
Using media to deliver calls to action, to the public (e.g. donating, fundraising, campaigning) and/or decision makers (e.g. policy change)
Planning, executing and monitoring media plans against identified briefs and overarching objectives
Creating and sourcing social media content, community management, evaluation and delivery of recommendations
Working with external agencies and partner organisations to deliver organisational aims
Understanding of the principles of crisis and reputation management
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively face to face, in writing, by email, on the telephone
Excellent customer services skills
Ability to write to a high standard under pressure, as well as excellent proofreading/editing skills and attention to detail
Ability to juggle a wide range of different assignments at the same time, to react quickly, to meet deadlines, to organise a busy workload and to prioritise tasks
To be committed to the principles of equal opportunities and diversity
To have an understanding of stroke

To fulfil the role you must you must be resident in the UK and have the right to work in the UK.

Please submit your CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages demonstrating how you meet the person specification and what you bring to the role in terms of your skills and experience.

About the Organisation

Stroke Association. Rebuilding lives after stroke.

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt.

We believe everyone deserves to live the best life they can after stroke. And it s a team effort to get there.

We provide specialist support, fund critical research and campaign to make sure people affected by stroke get the very best care and support to rebuild their lives.

We re working to improve the diversity of our team. Because we know that individuality leads to a richer experience for our people and better support for those affected by stroke.

We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. And we re particularly looking to increase the number of applications from those with lived experience of stroke and those from under-represented communities.

Every five minutes, stroke destroys lives. Help us rebuild them and join our team.

In 2019, we developed a bold new corporate strategy so that we can rebuild more lives after stroke and make a bigger difference to people s lives. To help us deliver our strategy and make a real difference, we are looking to recruit talented people to a number of new roles. If you would like to support stroke survivors to rebuild their lives, we want to hear from you!

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