Communications Officer

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
£33,000 with generous non-contributory pension provision

Are you looking for a role where no two days are ever the same? Do you have a passion for news, stories and messaging? Are you customer-focused and brimming with ideas to either deliver or support others with stand-out communications? Then look no further….

The Communications team is looking for a really capable team member, who will bring a range of skills, experience and drive to our small team. This exciting role will include writing, interviewing, editing, developing and maintaining our website, generating and sharing social media content and providing crisis response assistance. If you could be the person we’re looking for, we would love to hear from you!

  • To play a key operational role in implementing the Diocese of Guildford’s Communications strategy carrying out a wide variety of tasks and supporting the wider Diocesan strategy: ‘Transforming Church; Transforming Lives’.
  • To provide the day-to-day running of our website, social media and digital platforms, including generating, editing and uploading content and for enhancing its digital presence and outreach.
  • To work across the medium of print and video as and when required, and day-to-day management of the Diocese of Guildford’s social media profiles.

Writer, Interviewer and Editor:

  • Edit diocesan communications,
  • Identify and adapt web content to go into print,
  • Identify, conduct interviews and write stories, press releases and case studies,
  • Commission copy from experts and contributors,
  • Edit third party content with a rigorous eye for quality and detail.

News & information platform operation:

  • Develop, manage and update news content for the website overseeing it on a day-to-day basis, ensuring content is clear, consistent and audience focused,
  • Write and commission blog posts, articles and opinion pieces,
  • Develop, manage, edit and distribute an electronic newsletter,
  • Commission and produce video content on suitable projects,
  • Capture or source, and edit photos to help tell stories and increase their impact,
  • Advise colleagues on implementing the diocesan style guide for web content.

Press Officer:

  • Receive and manage press enquiries, ensuring these are dealt with promptly,
  • Create and maintain relationships with local journalists and broadcasters and national religion correspondents,
  • Actively sell great stories to the media, identifying and advising on news and feature opportunities,
  • Identify photo and film opportunities, providing in-house and/or media coverage,
  • Attend events, providing media support and/or in-house coverage,
  • Facilitate press conferences and media interviews,
  • Brief media spokespeople,
  • Develop and maintain a system for storing press cuttings and online stories on relevant issues and help monitor press coverage,
  • To provide out of hours communications contact where required.



  • Educated to degree level - or equivalent professional experience, skills and abilities.


  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g. DipCIPR, NCJT or equivalent).



  • At least three years of professional experience in a communications, PR, journalistic or marketing role.
  • Experience of working with the media.
  • Experience of managing and supporting a multi audience information based web site.
  • Experience of contributing to social media channels for a group, organisation or campaign.


  • Experience of public relations within a faith context.
  • Experience of helping to deliver change within an organisation.



  • Strong working knowledge of communications, PR and Marketing best practice and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations using a pragmatic and common sense approach.
  • A good understanding of the working and priorities of print, online and broadcast media.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of social media from an organisational perspective.


  • Developed contacts with local and national media
  • Understanding of the Church of England and its structures.
  • An understanding of other Christian denominations and non-Christian faiths.

The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of north-east Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate.

The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 161 parishes.A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.