Press Officer

Location
Stratford, London
Salary
£31,000 - £36,000 per annum depending on experience
Posted
19 Sep 2019
Closes
01 Oct 2019
Seniority
Officer
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

We’re looking for someone to be a journalist or in-house PR expert within our own organization. With a background in PR, communications, or journalism, you will have proven experience of proactively identifying, developing and pitching stories and features to secure and widespread media coverage.

You’ll be working across business areas from our charitable Foundation to fire safety. No two days are ever the same. A large part of this role will focus on finding and telling compelling stories from our vast network of data, so an interest and understanding of numbers will be beneficial.

Your writing abilities will translate complex policy and technical language into plain English and help maximize public and political understanding of our work. Your organisational skills will help us to maintain an effective press office and you’ll have lead responsibility for key areas of the business.

Ideally your previous experience might include housing, planning, regeneration, community consultation, development or property PR. Alternatively you might have worked in the campaigning charity sector. But we are open to applications from all industries.

Reactive media handling experience and the ability to stay calm under pressure is vital.

Reporting to the Press and External Affairs Manager, this is a key post within a dynamic Communications Team. You’ll be self-motivated and able to work under your own initiative, but it’s also crucial that you’re a team player and supportive of the wider comms strategy.

At a time when housing tops both the public and political agenda, there has arguably never been more important to time to join us.

If you believe you have the qualities we are after and are interested in working for an organisation that can really make a difference to people’s lives, then please apply without delay.

Our Commitments:

At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them. This is why we are committed to developing our people. It's only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.

In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits including 26 days holiday rising to 31 days with length of service, annual bonus subject to group performance, excellent Pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare, an employee assistance programme and non-contributory life assurance.

We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life. Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing. In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours - if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.

We are recognised externally for our commitment to inclusion. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident (Committed) employer and have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to end mental health discrimination in the workplace.

We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility.