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Media Officer

Job details
Posting date: 21 June 2024
Salary: £32,736 to £34,332 per year, pro rata
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 30 June 2024
Location: Devizes, Wiltshire
Remote working: Hybrid - work remotely up to 3 days per week
Company: Wiltshire Police
Job type: Contract
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Wiltshire Police – Media and External Communications Officer

Full time Fixed Term position – Up to 12 months
Located at Police HQ, Devizes
37 hour working week in an agile work environment (60% office based)
Salary £32,736 - £34,332 pa, plus essential car user allowance
Interview for this role will be held on 20th and 21st June 2024

Do you have knowledge and experience of journalism or a similar environment, with knowledge of Media Law? Are you able to review complex data, and communicate this in an audience friendly format? Are you looking for a role where your exceptional communication skills and attention to detail really can make a difference? This is a fantastic opportunity to join as a Media and External Communications Officer within Corporate Communications on a fixed term basis. This is a fast paced and highly reactive role - as part of the media team you will be called upon to provide timely support to police colleagues on the front line. 

You will be responsible for providing a proactive news service with your creative multi-media content supporting criminal investigations and the operational needs of the Force. Your work will help to produce positive outcomes and address how we prevent and respond to emerging issues and risks.  

Main duties will include:

Creating compelling news packages online, through social media and the press.
Support and develop campaigns for the Force which will include an element of internal communication.  
Media liaison, management and strategy development
Develop and maintain relationships with partner agencies:

The successful applicant will have:

Good organisational skills with the ability to manage several projects and conflicting timescales with a proven ability to work to tight deadlines.  
The ability to compile media releases and statements ensuring messages are not lost. You will also be able to build and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders and external agencies.  
A keen interest in current affairs and understanding of the media is also important.  
Proven experience in a similar type of role eg journalism or other media-related disciplines.
Ability to build relationships (both internally and externally) and effectively manage expectations.

Please note that all candidates for positions at Wiltshire Police who are successful will be required to undertake and clear vetting before being formally offered a position. 

All vacancies advertised as fixed term contract have the potential to go permanent in the future. 

Alongside role and career development opportunities, we offer fantastic employee benefits such as free on-site gym (Devizes), physical and mental well-being support, 25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and a generous pension scheme

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