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Press Officer

External Relations
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
31,604 - 38,832 per annum
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Role Description

The purpose of the role is to generate high levels of media coverage for the University in international, national, regional and specialist media. Ideally with a background in journalism or PR, you will be expected to deal proactively and reactively with journalists, promoting the University's world leading research, teaching, student achievements and public engagement programmes. You will also be expected to defend the University's reputation in crisis situations should the need arise.

You will have an eye for a story and the ability to turn often complex and technical subject matter into engaging and informative material, be it in the form of a press release, video clip, tweet or potential broadcast opportunity.

Excellent people and communication skills are essential, as you will need to build relationships with a range of people across the University, the media and other key stakeholders.

You will need excellent IT skills and be comfortable working across multiple media platforms.

The ability to work to deadlines in a busy office and use your own initiative to identify media-friendly stories is essential. You must be prepared to be on call on some evenings and weekends. 

The post is full time and the salary will be within the range £31,604 - £38,832 per annum.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake a written test as part of the recruitment process. Details will be provided on the day of interview.

Closing date: 17 September 2017

Interview date: To be confirmed

Vacancy reference: 6006

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