Overview

In this post, you will use your specialist media and communications skills to increase the impact of select committees on Government policy making and to engage a wider range of people in their activities.

The core work of the team:

Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of media and communications, and oversee media and comms planning for each committee;

Media management of our relations with journalists, mainly lobby and subject specialists, coverage monitoring and evaluation;

Deliver engaging content for a wider audience, e.g. drafting releases, articles for publication, speeches, long form interviews, making short films.

The work involves a wide range of stakeholder relationships, including Select Committee Chairs and other MPs; Committee Clerks, specialists and ops managers; staff in Committee Online Services; journalists and broadcasters at all levels, in print, broadcast and online news, including (but not limited to): Lobby correspondents; subject specialists on nationals and in broadcasting; trade media; local and regional newspapers and local radio.

In addition to an attractive salary and benefits package, we welcome applications from candidates who wish to work part-time or as part of a job share, while annual leave entitlement starts at 30 days pro rata and increases with length of service up to 35 per annum. Some of the other benefits include interest-free season ticket loan and bicycle loan, access to training and development, in-house gym, onsite nursery, and a Contributory Civil Service Pension Scheme.

We are committed to equality and diversity. We actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. Our aim is to build a diverse, dedicated, and high-performing workforce to keep the House of Commons running smoothly and to support a thriving parliamentary democracy.Responsibilities Advise on and oversee the development of media and communications plans and strategies, encouraging innovation and experimentation;

Establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant journalists in national and regional print, broadcast and digital media, and ensure that they are regularly and fully briefed;

Draft and/or edit media releases, features, comment pieces, statements, quotes, Q & As, interviews, tweets, speeches, and other material for use in print, broadcast, and digital media;

Advise Chairs, Committee Members, Clerks and Inquiry Managers on media and communications, attending committee meetings where required;

Seek broadcast interview bids for the Chair and assist in preparation for interviews by drafting scripts, advising on lines to take, and attending interviews as appropriate;

Work with our Senior Video Producer and others to make short content about the work of select committees;

Collaborate with staff in Committee Online Services on the development and delivery of social media initiatives to support specific inquiries; advise Clerks and other staff on news, photos, video and other content for committee and other pages of the parliamentary website;

Collaborate with Parliamentary Outreach staff to engage stakeholder groups and the wider public in the work of select committees;

Monitor and evaluate media coverage, and advise on responses to possible inaccuracy and any other problems;

Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Head of the Media and Communications Service.