Chief Executives Office Job Description Job Title Media Assistant Department Chief Executive Division Strategic Services (Communications Unit) Grade Grade F Post Number New post RELATIONSHIPS Responsible to: Media Office Manager Supervisory responsibility for Contracted designers, printers and photographers Important functional relationships (internal) Media Office Manager Media Officers Head of Strategic Services Senior Officers Important functional relationships (external) Local, regional and national media Location managers and commercial film organisations working in Kingston Partner organisations MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB To support the Media Office Manager fulfil the Council’s Communications Strategy. To support the Media Office Manager in promoting the Council’s policies through the media (including print, television, internet, film and radio). MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF POST Media Promote Council policy through the local, regional and professional media. Prepare news releases for the media Help prepare responses to inquiries from the media. Advise Council officers about media relations and protocols Promote Mayoral activities Filming Support the Council’s filming policy by helping to arrange Council services (parking, traffic management etc) for Location Managers. Council publications Advise and support Council departments with the writing, design and print of Council publications. Help to procure services from the Councils print and design framework. Website Help maintain the ‘News’, ‘Filming’ and associated pages on the Council’s website. Support the development of the Communications Toolkit on the staff Intranet External PR (Partnerships) Maintain positive relations with key media and other partner organisations in the Royal Borough. Corporate branding Support the Media Manager in maintaining and applying the Council’s Style Guide. Key Qualifications Essential Desirable Education Academic qualification to degree Qualification in public relations, standard or equivalent. marketing, journalism or related Evidence of successful personal discipline. development in the past three years. Experience Experience of working with Microsoft Experience in communications, filming, based software (including Word, and/or public relations. Outlook, Excel etc). Experience in preparing press releases A broad understanding of, and interest and/or writing for publication. in, the local government environment. Experience of working in a small team Knowledge of providing customer focussed services. Knowledge and Methodical and a good organiser of Knowledge of print, design and special skills priorities. production process. Able to demonstrate good writing skills for press releases, publications and Knowledge of website management other medium. and editing. Personal qualities A good team player An ambition to develop a career in and abilities Good interpersonal skills. media relations. An articulate and effective communicator. Confident, tactful, and persuasive. A commitment to providing excellent service to the Council and to its Mobile and prepared to work outside customers. usual office hours when required. A commitment to promoting equality of opportunity.
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