National Trust, Communications Officer

£31,671 pa
21 Jan 2019
30 Jan 2019
Job Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a media relations specialist or journalist to join our Nature communications team.

You’ll help raise awareness and public support for our role in looking after hundreds of miles of coastline and thousands of acres of glorious countryside, and in providing access to them for everyone to enjoy.

We have ambitious plans to reverse the decline in wildlife on all the land in our care. We aim to create 25,000 hectares of new habitats by 2025 and we’re calling on the government to fundamentally change how it supports farmers after Brexit.

What it's like to work here

The Trust’s media profile has probably never been higher, generating over 15,000 pieces of coverage in print, broadcast and online every year. The media play a vital role in raising awareness and support for the work of our charity. While it’s a busy environment, there are also rewards – including access to the nation’s most beautiful buildings, coastlines and sites.

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it houses approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General.

What you'll be doing

You’ll play a key role in promoting and raising awareness of our nature conservation work, using a range of different channels.

The Trust has a wealth of engaging, interesting and agenda-setting stories to tell and you’ll dig them out and ensure that they are packaged for the national print, broadcast and online media.

The role requires the successful applicant to conduct site visits and tell the conservation and human stories behind our stunning coastlines, land and sites.

You’ll need to be highly collaborative, working across the Trust to build close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally.

You’ll ensure that our communications are clear, consistent and well-targeted, aligning strategic messaging across our channels, and bringing our charitable cause to life with smart, engaging and audience-focused content.

You’ll be plugged into the wider political and media debate and ideally have a good network of contacts.

As well as proactive newsgathering, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the Trust effectively identifies, prepares and responds to potentially contentious issues across the organisation.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you’ll need to be/have:

  • A strong track record in journalism or media relations
  • Experienced at dealing with national journalists
  • Someone who plans activity carefully and strategically, ensuring it’s helping to deliver our objectives
  • A sharp writer who can get to the heart of an issue quickly and knows how to tell a tale
  • A problem solver and a pragmatist who is good at building close working relationships across a wide range of teams, locations and levels
  • Be cool and calm when faced with some tricky reputational issues, you will thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability to advise and negotiate
  • Determination and energy to see the job through and have the ability to listen and learn from others
  • Excellent multi-platform skills, with the ability to produce content for web, social, and print media

The package


Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

For further information and to apply, please click 'Apply' now.

Closing date: 30 January 2019

Interview date: 13 February 2019

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