Media job: Permanent media relations officer, Scottish Parliament

CLOSING DATE: May 3, 2019

Role: Permanent media relations officer

Salary: £33,037 to £41,777

Working pattern: This is a full-time post. Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered.

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

About the post

Working in one of the most influential places in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament is offering a great opportunity as a media relations officer within its Media Relations Office (MRO) based at Holyrood.

The MRO is responsible for promoting the wide-ranging work of the Scottish Parliament to print, broadcast, specialist and online media.

Working within the MRO you would be responsible for providing media and communications advice to our committee conveners and staff. In addition, you will provide a frontline media enquiry service across the Parliament and act as an official Parliament spokesperson.

Working collaboratively with a range of teams within the Media Office you will develop, devise and deliver communication and marketing strategies for campaigns and enhance our communication activities.

Candidate requirements

You will need to have demonstrable media relations expertise including experience of devising, implementing and evaluation media/public relation communication strategies.

You will also have a good understanding of how media and public communication works and the ability to use this knowledge to promote the business of the Parliament. An excellent communicator, you will have advanced writing abilities including demonstratable ability to produce impactful news releases.

With strong negotiation and influencing skills you will have the ability to work collaboratively with a range of different people with varying demands and requirements. In addition, you will have excellent organisation and time management skills, the ability to make decisions quickly and a good level of political and parliamentary knowledge.

Marketing skills are desirable including developing the ability to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated marketing communications plan.

How to apply

If you possess the experience required for this role and are looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join Scotland’s Parliament, we’d love to hear from you.

For full information on the post, the range of duties involved and how to apply, please check out the relevant job information on our recruitment website. Applications from Gaelic speakers are welcome. Cuirear fàilte air tagraidhean bho luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 3 May 2019

Our benefits

In addition to your salary, you’ll be entitled to a great pension scheme with employer contributions of 20.9 per cent; including training and career development opportunities. We also offer excellent benefits such as Healthy Living Scheme, and Season Travel Ticket Loans, along with the opportunity to work flexibly during your working week for e.g. compressed hours or home working, as well as generous holidays (41.5 days’ leave including public holidays).

We are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the people of Scotland. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work for us.

We seek to ensure all job applications are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. We positively encourage applications from suitably experienced candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We particularly welcome applications from female and black and ethnic minorities (BME) candidates who are under-represented at this level.  All appointments will be made on merit.