The Institute of Economic Affairs is looking to recruit a Communications Officer who will work across the areas of both traditional and new media.
The role reports to the Head of Communications, and sits within the IEA’s Media Centre.There is no “typical day” for the IEA’s communications team. Below represents the range of duties that may be asked of the person selected for this role. We are committed to hiring the best talent available and as such welcome all applicants regardless of experience level—we will tailor the specific duties to suit the right candidate.
If you are passionate about free markets, are an excellent written and verbal communicator and enjoy working in a fast-paced and collaborative team environment, we hope you will consider this role.
The application deadline for this role is 23.59, 19th December 2018.
- Build and maintain relationships with national and regional media outlets.
- Ensure that the IEA is featured regularly on media platforms, on topics in-line with the organisation’s mission.
- Create new and manage established contacts with journalists and policymakers through building relationships.
- Raise the visibility of the organisation by scouring relevant news stories that can be used as entry points for the IEA to be involved in the news agenda.
- Represent the IEA at events and meetings and, where appropriate, as a spokesperson.
- Draft and disseminate press releases, quotes and comments to the media.
- Organise events such as media briefings and party conference events, private lunches and dinners.
- Maintain and improve an effective media monitoring system to maximise opportunities for IEA media exposure
- Track and log appearances
- Write the IEA’s internal morning media briefing
- Manage daily updates on the IEA’s website, including the homepage, media section, and events section.
- Monitor Parliament and other government legislatures and bodies for upcoming motions, debates and statements.
- Conduct Parliamentary forward planning.
- Write briefings on topics in association with the Head of Communications to send to parliamentarians.
- Manage mailouts of IEA publications to relevant policymakers and reviewers
- Handle and respond to out of hours media calls.
- Other duties and projects as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and a proven ability to distil complex and technical arguments succinctly and clearly
- Organised and enthusiastic with a can-do attitude
- Willing to work long and sometimes unsocial hours
- 2:1 degree in a relevant subject
- An understanding of and commitment to free-market ideas and arguments
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to prioritise and adjust strategies on an ongoing basis
- Experience using social media
- As with all employees, a willingness to be flexible and versatile and take on additional tasks and responsibilities when appropriate
- Experience working in media communications for a think tank, pressure group, charity or similar organization, or in Parliament as a researcher
- Strong journalistic contacts in the British media—or a proven ability to quickly build and develop these contacts
- An understanding of using basic software tools
This is an entry-level role. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The IEA provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including 25 days’ paid leave per annum, a personal pension which matches up to 5% of salary, private medical insurance, critical illness and death in service coverage and flexible working hours
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter to [email protected] with attention to Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Communications. Your cover letter should express how you learned about the position, your qualifications for the role, and your interest in the IEA mission. No phone calls, please. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.
23.59, 19th December 2018