[Job] National Maritime Museum (NMM), Press Officer, ??21-26k, clos 16 Aug #scicomm jobs

Confusingly the advert says to apply with CV and covering letter but the website also includes an application form so double check. Didn’t find a job description file, but the job ad is pretty comprehensive.

National Maritime Museum (NMM)
Press Officer

Reporting to: Press and PR Manager

Main purpose: To implement the agreed Museum press and PR strategy

Key responsibilities: 

  • To implement media projects and campaigns from start to finish, involving and communicating with Museum staff and external contacts as appropriate
  • To research, prepare and distribute media releases and other media communications
  • Write accurate copy to a high standard
  • To contact media proactively via telephone and email, following up press releases and negotiating news and feature stories across a wide range of media
  • To provide a fast, helpful and efficient response to external media enquiries with an awareness of media deadlines and knowledge of the Museum???s best interests
  • To arrange, organise and supervise filming, radio recording and photography in Museum grounds and galleries and interviews with staff (often involving working outside standard Museum hours)
  • To brief media spokespeople from the Museum sites before being interviewed
  • To liaise closely with journalists, on the telephone, by email and in person, giving tours of Museum galleries and cultivating contacts
  • To strengthen contacts with journalists and make sure that regular communications are made between Press Office and contacts
  • To organise and supervise PR activity on-site (e.g. photocalls) professionally, make sure that relevant parties are involved
  • To work with other members of the Press Office/Communications Department on media campaigns and all aspects are completed to deadline
  • To network and build relationships internally within the Museum, to work closely with Museum staff to identify any newsworthy activities. That newsworthy stories on the Museum sites are supported by the Press Office
  • To keep abreast of issues in the museum/arts/heritage and science/astronomy industry, being prepared to brief colleagues within the Museum on relevant media talking points
  • To update the media database and process orders as necessary

Skills and Experience:


  • Proven Press Office/PR experience, preferably in the museum/heritage/science field
  • A thorough understanding of press office principle and sound judgement
  • Experience of planning and contributing creatively to a PR campaign
  • Experience of handling projects from inception through to implementation
  • An effective writing style, with a proven ability to write press releases and related material
  • A general knowledge of UK and international media and awareness of media trends
  • Experience of ???selling??? stories to a variety of media and negotiating media coverage
  • Computer literate
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate across all levels of the Museum and with external contacts
  • A positive approach whilst being sensitive to the Museum environment and the priorities of colleagues


  • An interest in the museum/heritage/science sector would be useful

Terms and conditions

The post holder will work a 41 hour week, Monday to Friday 09.00???17.00 with an additional hour to be worked in agreement with line management.

Salary:  ??21,000?????26,000

Closing date for the receipt of applications: 16 August 2010

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment //at// nmm.ac.uk or post to Human Resources, National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Please also take the time to complete an equal opportunties monitoring form. http://www.nmm.ac.uk/upload/doc/Equal_Opportunities_Form_2010.doc

We regret we are unable to reply to every applicant. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

The Museum holds the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol and will guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.  If you wish to be considered under this scheme please indicate clearly on your application.

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