Has your experience of working in a busy press office/PR agency or as a journalist given you a flair for writing engaging media releases, articles and copy? Do you have specific experience of working with case studies? Then join Shelter three days a week as a Media Officer and you could soon be playing a big part in promoting our services, campaigning and fundraising initiatives.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
A key part of our Communications, Policy and Campaigns division, Shelter's media team are responsible for generating high profile media coverage for the division as well as its fundraising, retail and services output. Our aim is to make sure housing and homelessness is top of the political and public agenda. We also campaign for change using hard-hitting research and policy, public affairs lobbying, supporter led campaigning and - of course - media.
About the role
Part of a busy, reactive press office, this role is all about maximising the use of case studies which will see you working closely with the case studies team to identify and prepare stories for the media, empowering people to share their experience of bad housing and homelessness. You will also initiate media coverage by creating and selling ideas to journalists across long and short lead media and be responsible for writing media releases, articles and copy for media reports and materials. Building relationships with journalists, producers and media professionals in partner organisations will also be key and, when it comes to identifying and responding to stories as they break, briefing senior staff, providing media expertise and helping to develop our media strategy, again, we'll count on you to deliver.
A unique opportunity to join a high performing team at the heart of the organisation and work across wide-reaching national and regional media campaigns, you'll need to bring a good track record of working with case studies, managing complex projects and working with a variety of press outlets. You'll have a results-driven approach, lots of creativity and innovation, excellent relationship building skills and the ability to respond swiftly to change i.e. breaking news stories. What's more, you're commercially aware, a genuine team player and keen to play your part in helping to bring about positive change to one of the country's biggest social issues.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, childcare vouchers, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Media team and be the change you want to see in society.
Closing date: 4 June 2019 at 11.30pm
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.