Media & PR Manager

Department: Policy, Research & Communications     
Reporting to: Head Policy, Research & Communications                
Hours of work: 22.5 hours per week excluding lunch
Salary: Up to £36,000 (pro-rata) plus generous benefits
Contract: Permanent
Location: London

The charity

We’re here for everyone working in education to ensure they’re respected, supported and resilient. Established over 140 years ago, we remain the UK’s only charity committed to the mental health and wellbeing of everyone working in education.

We believe people are the most important part of a thriving education system. That’s why we champion their health and wellbeing. With over a third of education staff expected to leave the profession by 2020, we are needed now more than ever.

Our work has transformed the lives of thousands of educators – a figure that increases year-on-year with growing demand for our services. We shape the agenda through our sector leading research; work with schools, colleges and universities to advance positive change in the workplace; and help those in crisis through our emotional support helpline and financial grants programme.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Build, develop and maintain high quality relationships with key target media and respond to all incoming media enquiries
  • Develop and drive awareness of Ed Support, across both earned and owned channels, ensuring a stream of positive coverage and high engagement with target audiences
  • Monitor the news agenda and spot opportunities to proactively deliver the Ed Support message
  • Provide advice and briefings to senior staff and internal colleagues, ensuring they present Ed Support effectively in their dealings with the media or at events
  • Produce high quality and agenda-driven expert comment pieces and articles
  • Develop written case studies to demonstrate the transformational impact of Ed Support’s services
  • Identify and write entries into a range of sector awards
  • Support the Head of Policy, Research and Communications to manage any issues that could impact negatively on the reputation of the charity

These duties must be carried out with due regard to the Education Support Partnership Equal Opportunities Policy, Health and Safety procedures and undertake duties in line with the Charity's and other relevant codes of practice.

Person specification

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think strategically and with great attention to detail
  • Ability to creatively distil complex topics into engaging content
  • Evidence of good planning and campaigning success
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work on your own initiative, highly self-motivated and be able to work under pressure to tight deadlines

Knowledge and experience

  • Minimum three years’ experience in a communication, press office or public relations role, in house or in agency, not for profit or commercial
  • Experience of writing and collating compelling content that works across a variety of channels
  • Experience devising effective media strategies, and developing excellent relationships across the media and with staff and stakeholders
  • Experience of driving change, awareness and influencing opinion through campaigns
  • Experience of creating impactful human-interest case studies
  • Experience of briefing senior colleagues up to CEO level in preparation for media interviews and speech writing
  • Experience in not for profit sector, ideally but not essentially education related (desirable but not essential)

How to apply 

You can view the job description and apply online via our online portal with your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for this role. The closing date for applications is Sunday 25th November 2018.