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Press Officer

Job Title: Press Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: 30000-35000
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 030986
Job Published: August 19, 2019 13:14

Job Description

Press Officer - GMR 030986
Organisation - Public Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement
Job - Press Office
Position Type - Full Time
Location: Palestra
Salary: £30-£35,000 plus Benefits
As a Press Officer for Transport for London (TfL), you will be promoting the work of TfL and responding quickly and sensitively to national and international media in one of the busiest press offices in the country, which delivers all public relations in-house. Helping the 8.7 million people who live in London and the hundreds of thousands who visit every day to get to work and enjoy everything our city has to offer, TfL touches the lives of people in a way no other organisation does. 
You will play a vital role in our team, helping to ensure that we effectively and efficiently manage media issues, protect TfL’s reputation and promote the Mayor’s Transport Strategy
As a well-known and much loved heritage brand, public and political scrutiny of TfL is always high. Whether you are launching a new fleet of buses or creating behaviour change campaigns to reduce the number of people killed on London’s roads, we guarantee no two days will ever be the same.
About the Role:
To proactively promote the work of TfL though print, broadcast and social media for a specific TfL transport brief, responding quickly and sensitively to negative or critical news stories to protect TfL's reputation. 
The role holder will be the first point of contact for media, dealing with multiple queries on a daily basis on both proactive and reactive issues affecting TfL’s reputation. This includes drafting media statements, news releases and briefings for approval by senior staff and in collaboration with the Mayor on London's press office.
You will arrange media events and visits as well as organise media interviews and brief senior officials on the likely areas of questioning. 
Sourcing of positive news stories relating to your brief is required as is developing them into creative media opportunities. You will also prepare and deliver compelling social media material and content across TfL’s platforms.
You will take part in a rota providing media with out-of-hours service (evenings and weekends).
About you:
A good knowledge of the media landscape is essential, as is knowledge of current PR techniques, including best practice of visual and copy-led digital and social media. 
You will have an awareness of the relationship between TfL and the Greater London Authority (GLA) and TfL in the wider political context.
You will also be able to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as on your own initiative, with the judgement to escalate issues when needed.
A proactive approach is key, as is proven experience in media relations, and writing for large audiences.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 29th August 2019 @ 23:59
Final salary pension scheme 
Free travel for you on the TfL network 
A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan 
30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays 
Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional) 
Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
Retail, health, leisure and travel offers 
Discounted Eurostar travel
Please apply using your CV and a two page covering letter. 
Think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience in the advert and cover this in your CV and cover letter.
Equality and Diversity 
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.