Role: Press Manager (Print & Online)
Location: Hybrid - from home and Westminster, London (2 days home working each week)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 9am - 5.30pm
Start date: ASAP from August 2023
Contract length: Permanent
Reporting to: Director of Communications
Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 pa
Closing date: 4th September 2023 (We will begin interviews as soon as we receive a sufficient number of applications, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment)
How to Apply
We will begin interviews as soon as we receive a sufficient number of applications, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, and certainly no later than midday on 4th September. Please send a CV and cover letter along with any examples of previous work you think relevant to Niall McGourty at [email protected]. Please include your reasons for applying and explain how you meet the person specification.
Please also provide the names of two referees who we can approach. We will not approach your referees without informing you first.
Please put the job title in the subject of your email.
About Best for Britain
Best for Britain is the UK's leading cross-party campaign focused on fixing the problems that Britain faces after Brexit. We have a track record of delivering policy change at the highest level and we work with politicians, policy makers, businesses and other campaign groups to pursue closer ties with Europe and restore the UK’s international reputation as a champion of human rights and democracy. As we prepare for the next General Election we are working to ensure a new government is elected that aligns with these values.
We’re looking for an energetic, confident and creative candidate to join our team at an exciting and incredibly important time in British politics.
We want you to take the lead on Best for Britain’s engagement with written media outlets as we prepare for the next General Election, to help increase our public profile and support for our campaign goals. In particular, you will be responsible for increasing awareness of our future Tactical Voting campaign in written media outlets as well as our reputation as experts on polling and electoral trends ahead of polling day.
As a member of our agile Communications unit, you will work closely with the Director of Communications and the Press Manager (Broadcast) to deliver Best for Britain’s key media coverage targets by independently creating, planning and delivering media outputs and reacting to breaking news.
As part of the Best for Britain team, you will have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with high profile journalists, politicians and business leaders. Recent members of the Best for Britain Communications team have subsequently been offered senior roles with the BBC, the British Government, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats.
Core responsibilities will include:
- Securing positive coverage for Best for Britain and UK Trade and Business Commission in print and online media
- Identifying and reacting quickly to breaking press opportunities
- Drafting and editing press releases, statements and opinion pieces
- Building excellent relationships with journalists
- Ensuring the news sections of the Best for Britain and UK Trade and Business Commission websites are updated regularly
- Contributing to the accurate reporting on Best for Britain’s media outputs and impact
- Providing regular news updates for the Best for Britain team.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to produce accurate and compelling copy to tight deadlines including as longer form opinion pieces
- Confidence pitching copy to journalists on a wide variety of topics
- A strong interest in politics and current affairs
- A strong news sense and a keen eye for finding ways to secure media coverage
- Familiar with G Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive
- Outstanding attention to detail and ability to research effectively to ensure the accuracy of information
- Eligible to work in the UK
- Affinity with Best for Britain’s political aims and values.
- Experience working in a newsroom, press office, media agency or on a digital platform
- Existing contacts within print media
- A good knowledge and understanding of politics, current political issues, the different UK parties as well as their priorities, sensitivities and nuances
- Professional experience in writing copy, particularly opinion pieces or blogs
- A good knowledge of media law and the Editors’ Code of Practice
- NCTJ qualification or equivalent experience.
Best for Britain is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we believe that this makes us a dynamic and effective organisation. We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, class or any other protected characteristic.
Our roles and culture are inclusive and we can make reasonable adjustments throughout the application process and on the job. If you have any particular requirements, do get in touch.