Media Officer

Posted 5 days agoExpires in 10 days
Leicester with remote working by agreement.
£32,500 pro rata

Within the Diocese of Leicester, Bishop Martyn continues to lead a dynamic programme of work both helping to develop deeper discipleship of Christians in our churches and schools as well as addressing issues faced by our church communities.

The post of Bishop’s Media Officer will facilitate the ministry of the Bishop of Leicester through liaison with the press and other media both within the diocese and externally within the city, county and where appropriate, nationally.

As the Bishop’s Media Officer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and deliver proactive press campaigns.
  • Coordinate the media response to major events and crises.
  • Enable good internal communication within the diocese ensuring that the bishop’s vision and strategy for ministry is shared and understood.

You will be based at the Bishop’s Lodge, 12 Springfield Road, Leicester LE2 3BD with remote working available by agreement.

Your working week will be 28 hours over 4 days.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th December 2021.

The role

Supporting the Bishop in his responsibilities:

  • Establish strong external relationships with key media partners.
  • Coordinate press and news media requirements for major events in which the Bishop is involved.
  • Travel with the Bishop, where necessary, to ensure any potential media pitfalls are removed and proactively supporting any visit through all media channels.
  • Work with the Mission and Communications Enabler to develop and deliver proactive communication campaigns.
  • Deal with enquiries from local, regional, national and international media.
  • Arrange and manage interviews and other media events such as podcasts, recordings and photo shoots.
  • Develop a "Lines to Take" database to ensure accurate and up to date responses are given to journalists.
  • Monitor internal media and external media outlets on a daily basis for relevant stories.
  • Manage and respond to day-to-day news diary and stories, proactively taking a lead and identifying good news stories or potential issues which may lead to negative coverage.
  • Establish strong internal relationships within the diocese to ensure communication campaigns are understood and supported.
  • Provide and/or arrange an ‘out of hours’ on-call press and media service when necessary and communicating arrangements for this.
  • Represent the bishop on the Diocesan Safeguarding Oversight Group through attendance at meetings of the Case Management and Review Group and Core Groups set up to respond to serious safeguarding situations.

The ideal candidate should have:


  • Experience in a relevant communication, journalistic or public relations role.
  • Experience of crisis management.
  • Ability to operate independently.
  • Experience of forward news planning.
  • Good knowledge of the workings of the Church of England.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Qualification in media, journalism, or public relations.
  • Some theological training or education.

Skills / Aptitude

  • Proactive approach, with ability to spot news stories prior to publication.
  • Ability to work under pressure, to changing and simultaneous deadlines.
  • Ability to differentiate important from urgent.
  • An understanding of forward news planning.
  • Adept and fully conversant with using and understanding social media.
  • Excellent communication skills including written, oral, negotiating, influencing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to navigate effectively complex organizational structures in delivering work objectives.
  • Facilitating contacts with the media and press.
  • Ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically with a range of people.
  • Ability to represent the Church of England effectively and with confidence.
  • Ability to understand and help develop the Church’s media profile.
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office and a range of social media.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

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