Media and PR Officer (Pensions)

Posted 26 days agoExpires in 23 hours
Hybrid - remote working and London
Employee
£42,000-£48,000 per annum

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Media & PR Officer to deliver a professional communications service both internally and externally to the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as providing general media support.

As Media and PR Officer (Pensions) you will work as a member of the media team delivering key communications objectives in addition to providing specialist media support to the Church of England Pensions Board.

Your role will be varied and interesting include proactively identifying PR opportunities for the Church of England Pensions Board, including news to feature items promoting the values and work of the Church. You will coordinate incoming media requests and provide communications support to external facing initiatives as well as identifying news in internal meetings that can be shared externally, and bringing communications ideas to the team.

Closing date will be the 30th of November 2022.

Interviews will be held on the week of 5th December 2022.

The Church of England is for everyone, and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for the Archbishops. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. We also invite interest from those with excellent experience in a number of areas that may not meet every criteria.

We offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proactively identify and exploit PR opportunities for the Church of England Pensions Board, including news to feature items, promoting the values and work of the Church.
  • Stay ahead of the news agenda by proactively updating the website, identifying news in internal meetings that can be shared externally, and bringing communications ideas to the team.
  • Work across the Church of England Pensions Board, including Responsible Investment team, Chief Investment Officer, CEO and board, housing and Director of Strategy and Engagement to support and deliver their internal and external communications requirements.
  • Coordinate incoming media requests for interviews, photo calls, PR support, events, etc.
  • Provide communications support to external facing initiatives working closely with the Responsible Investment team and Director of Strategy and Engagement.
  • Production of materials for targeted sector specific media.
  • Respond professionally and accurately to media enquiries from news organisations and individuals.
  • Monitor press coverage and distribute to internal contacts.
  • Record incoming enquiries and help maintain the financial media database with key media contacts.
  • Build relationships with key financial and specialist journalists who cover the work of the Church of England Pensions Board.
  • Work with the digital communications team to support social media presence and updates for the Pensions Board.
  • Overseeing and supporting website production and updating the Pensions Board section of the Church of England website.
  • Work closely with stakeholders on the creation and publication of key Pensions Board documents such as the Stewardship Report and Annual Review with the Senior Media & PR Officer (Finance). This will include working with internal stakeholders, collating and editing content, working with the design agency, and managing budget.
  • Carrying out any other duties within the communications team as required.

Person Specification

Essential

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to write well for non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work with internal colleagues to communicate fund objectives to the wider Church community, e.g. how the assets are being used for good in the world.
  • Track record of working to tight deadlines.
  • Project management skills, ability to manage varying deadlines simultaneously.
  • High level of proficiency with social media and websites.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of working with print and broadcast media.
  • Experience of working with internal stakeholders.
  • Experience of working in a busy press/media office.

Education:

  • Degree Level or equivalent.

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Motivated, self-starter able to use initiative.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • In sympathy with the aims and ethos of the Church of England.

Desirable

Education:

  • Degree level or equivalent in communications or finance related discipline.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of the Pensions sector and ESG.
  • Knowledge of pensions, investments or financial markets.
  • Experience of working as a spokesperson for an organisation.
  • Experience of website CMS systems.

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  • We strive for excellence
  • We collaborate
  • We act with integrity
  • We show compassion
  • We respect others

We welcome everyone and we accept and value people for who they are and what they contribute, treating others in the way we would wish to be treated ourselves. We actively listen to and include others, encouraging and enabling everyone’s voice to be heard in discussions and decisions. When we disagree, we aim to disagree well with respect and kindness.

We want to encourage applications from a diverse group of people. Even if you have never thought about working for us before, if you have the skills and experience we’re looking for then we would like to hear from you. If there is anything we can do to support you in your application please get in touch via email to hr.recruitment@churchofengland.org.

  • As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.
  • We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, and welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.