Vacancy: Media & Communications Officer



Media & Communications Officer

Contract: Permanent, Full-Time

Location: London

Salary: up to £30k


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Media and Communications Officer to champion independent education and help build the reputation of some of the finest schools in the world.

We are looking for a media and PR professional to join the national association of headmasters and headmistresses (HMC). This is a new role which will be key to helping HMC communicate the excellence, diversity, innovation and public value of our member schools and challenge myths about modern independent education.

The issues we deal with are wide ranging, stimulating and challenging and our members are dynamic and intellectually rigorous. This role will suit someone with similar qualities, plus the experience and credibility to work with high profile heads, national journalists, social media influencers and partner organisations to find engaging, newsworthy stories to tell.

Working with the HMC External Relations Director and the HMC team, your key responsibilities include:

  • Finding stories which illustrate HMC’s key priorities and messages, and disseminating them to journalists
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with HMC members, journalists, commentators and social media influencers, alongside the External Relations Director
  • Finding effective and imaginative ways of communicating the excellence and public value of HMC schools to key audiences across social media and other channels
  • Assisting in monitoring and reporting of HMC’s presence on social and other media
  • Assisting the External Relations Director with a wide range of duties including media relations, public relations, public affairs, partnership building and content creation
  • Building productive relationships with members, school communications leads and external stakeholders

The right candidate must have:

  • Demonstrable prior experience of working in the media or media relations, and of social media management, with a good knowledge and understanding of the current affairs and political landscape
  • A friendly, confident personality balanced with calm professionalism and strong interpersonal skills, enabling you to work well flexibly in a small team and build effective relationships with senior educationalists, journalists and commentators
  • The ability to adapt styles to suit different media and audiences and a creative attitude to problem solving and content creation
  • Proven influencing and persuasion skills and be a ‘self-starter’ who is comfortable taking a flexible and adaptable approach to work, dealing with high degrees of complexity and ambiguity
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to write messaging, media releases and help edit comment pieces, simplifying complex ideas without losing meaning, to tight deadlines
  • A results-driven attitude with the ability to remain focussed under pressure, organise priorities, tackle complex tasks and issues with determination in a busy environment

For a more detailed job description and person specification, and to download an application form, please click on the links below:

To apply, please submit your CV and an application form including a statement of your suitability for the post, to [email protected]

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 8th January 2019.

Interviews: Likely to take place in London during week commencing 28th January 2019.