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Press and Communications Officer

Communications & Engagement

Salary:  £34,238 to £39,304 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 September 2019
Reference:  PSS-COM-2019-08

A Press & Communications Officer is required within the Department of Communications & Engagement to work closely with the Media Manager and Social Media & Communications Coordinator in LSHTM’s busy press office.

Working topics as diverse as Ebola outbreaks, sugar tax, sexual health and climate change, the candidate will have exceptional media and communications skills with experience in a health or science environment role. Reporting to the Media Manager, the post holder will use LSHTM’s world-leading research and expertise to generate national, international and trade media coverage through news stories, features and thought-leadership pieces. 

The post holder will use their strong news sense and understanding of the media landscape to secure proactive coverage, and lead on reactive comment and interview requests from high-profile UK and global media outlets. They will support LSHTM staff with all aspects of media engagement including fully researching opportunities and conducting mock interviews. The successful applicant will be full of creative and engaging ideas to support the development of LSHTM’s digital and social media output.

Applicants should have keen attention to detail and a proactive and resourceful approach to communications and media relations. The successful candidate will also have a methodical, thorough and organised approach. This position requires a proven ability to take initiative, meet tight deadlines, juggle competing priorities and work without close supervision, as well as the diplomatic and persuasive skills to work well in a small and dynamic team.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health, with 3,000 staff and 4,000 students working in the UK and countries around the world. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

The post is full time and permanent. The salary will be on the Professional Salary scale Grade 5 in the range £34,238 to £39,304 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London, Keppel Street.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at http://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk and include the names and email contacts of two referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs@lshtm.ac.uk. Please quote reference PSS-COM-2019-08.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date

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