at Department for Work and Pensions
We’re looking for a proactive and creative communicator to join our high-performing press office team.
The Department for Work and Pensions is bringing forward the biggest changes to the welfare and pensions systems for a generation and our press and digital team is at the heart of explaining these changes to the public.
As a Press Officer, you will identify imaginative and proactive ways to get our policies into the news and consider how to stimulate public debate across a variety of media channels.
You will possess the interpersonal skills to work closely with internal colleagues and other government press offices to provide sound communications advice about how announcements should be made.
You will also need to be comfortable working in a fast-moving and high pressure environment – reacting quickly and confidently to developing issues and breaking news.
Some of the material we deal with is technical and complicated, so you will require an aptitude for assimilating complex information quickly.
You should also have a good understanding of the workings of Whitehall, Parliamentary procedure and propriety.
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
Providing expert advice to Ministers and senior officials on all media-related matters, and being able to confidently and professionally brief them.
- Arranging media interviews and setting up media opportunities;
- Using a range of media channels to drive communications activity and demonstrate best practice to the wider team;
- Effectively managing breaking stories on behalf of Ministers and the department, providing a timely, accurate and professional service to journalists;
- Developing expertise in DWP subjects and good relationships with officials in these areas, and with journalists; and
- Participating in the out-of-hours duty rota – for which there is an on-call allowance. This can include working weekends and evenings to provide high quality communications within very short timescales across a wide portfolio of work.
You will be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to quickly digest complex policy information and make it relevant for the media;
- Experience of news handling gained in media relations, PR, journalism or a similar communications role;
- Excellent writing and presentational skills;
- Strong, clear and sensitive spokesmanship, a sharp news sense, judgement and confidence;
- Experience of creating and placing news stories across a range of media channels;
- Ability to produce work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
- Knowledge and understanding of all types of media; and
In return for all of this, we will ensure that you are fully supported and have the opportunity to develop your career as a skilled communications professional.