Job title: Media relations and communications officer
Salary: Up to £35,000 p.a.
Location: Swindon/Hybrid
Contract Type:  Permanent

 

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast-paced environment as a Media Relations and Communications Officer focusing on matters which affect almost every part of daily life.

BCS is a charity with a royal charter. Our purpose is to lead the IT profession through its ethical challenges, support the people who work in the industry, and to make IT good for society.

Working with our busy Media Relations and Policy Team, the Media and Communications Officer will be involved in everything from providing expert comments to journalists on breaking tech stories to explaining how BCS influences government policy.

We are inviting applications from just the right person with proven experience of working in a Press Office to join our friendly, professional team and help build on the profile of BCS. If you have the ability to write engaging material, often about quite complex issues with accuracy and attention to detail, we’d like to hear from you.

About the role

With plenty of energy and initiative, you will help drive coverage across print, online and broadcast media.

You will liaise across the business to ensure messages reach the public as well as national and regional press/internal/external stakeholders via a multi-channel approach.

You will share responsibility for the smooth running of the Press Office - distributing comms, media monitoring, assisting with enquiries, contributing content and supporting policy driven projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • Building relations with education, tech and other key correspondents.
  • Making sure BCS’ research on key issues such as diversity, education & skills and industry priorities are communicated effectively for mainstream audiences.
  • Working with members to harness their expertise for media, policy makers and other content.
  • Communicating our work effectively across our membership of 70,000
  • Reacting quickly to breaking news - often out of hours.
  • Communicating our work and priorities across BCS membership community and internally.
  • Writing briefings and other web content as needed.
  • Working with social media to assure our messaging and work is reflected across those channels.

Specific tasks:

  • Managing and keeping media contacts/stakeholder data base up to date.
  • Preparing and distributing comms/updates for externally.
  • Assisting with media enquiries.
  • Sharing news of what the Press and Policy Team has been up to with members/council/trustees/Specialist Groups
  • Monthly update ‘In the News’ for internal audience

Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity? Do you have the following attributes?

Who are we looking for?

Education and qualifications
  • Education to degree level is desirable.
Competencies and skills
  • A keen interest in media/PR.
  • Some awareness/understanding of Tech – though not essential.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Stakeholder liaison skills - including diplomacy and tact.
  • Calm, focussed and confident under pressure.
  • Build good relationships with journalists.
  • Promote positive news about the organisations and react to press enquires.
Special conditions
  • Occasional travel, including overnight stays, to represent BCS at various events, lectures and interviews.
  • Occasional requirement for out of hours work to cover evening events or deal with ongoing enquiries as necessary including availability for extended periods in a crisis situation.

BCS is dedicated to providing training and development to help all staff realise their potential, and also offer a generous benefit package.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are committed to promoting equality at every opportunity as an employer. This statement and our policies are designed to ensure our recruitment and employment practices and procedures actively promote equality of opportunity and value diversity.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK upon application.

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be removed before any listed closing date once a sufficient amount of applications have been received.

In the event that we receive a high number of applications for this vacancy, we may be unable to provide an individual response to every candidate, therefore if you haven’t heard back from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

What BCS offers in return

Remuneration

Up to £35,000 per annum

Benefits and perks

From Day One (pre-probation)

  • 23 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 27 days with length of service.
  • A day off on or during the month of your birthday.
  • Up to 3 extra paid days off during shutdown between Christmas and New Year.
  • Free BCS membership giving you invaluable membership resources.
  • The Social Club – events and subsidised trips open to all employees.
  • Refer a Friend – If you ‘refer a friend’ for a role at BCS and they are successful, you would receive £750 after 6 months and further £750 after 12 months (conditions apply)
  • Life Insurance paid at four times base salary from day one.
  • Group Income Protection Insurance – an insurance which will pay a percentage of your salary for up to 3 years in the event of a long-term illness preventing you from working. This benefit is subject to a claim assessment and only payable if certain conditions are met.
  • BCS Stars – the internal recognition scheme based on the company values. Employees can be nominated across the business to earn points to spend on an online shopping platform.
  • EAP – Employee Assistance Programme (Counselling, financial and legal advice).

Post probation

  • Holiday buying scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health cash plan
How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter to careers@bcs.uk