[Job] University of Leeds, Press Officer, ??24.3-29.0k, clos 5 Sep 2011 #scicomm #pr

Apply online at the link below.

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University of Leeds Communications and Press Office

Press Officer (Full-time)

http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/fe/tpl_universityofleeds01.asp?s=aYhJgMRoBzQChEeQzw&jobid=73705,8295543415&key=72453632&c=223476992234&pagestamp=sefcxlkuestjomutem

The University of Leeds is recruiting for a Press Officer with experience in communicating scientific research (as I am leaving in the middle of next month):

 

It???s a great place to work, so please pass on to anyone you think may be interested (job advert below).

 

The University of Leeds is rarely out of the spotlight, whether it???s the University???s Vice-Chancellor giving an interview on higher education policy or the latest discovery by one of its scientists or historians making headlines around the world.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced press officer or journalist to help promote the University nationally and internationally. We are especially interested to hear from journalists with experience of writing about science; or PR professionals with a proven track record in communicating stories in science and corporate communications.

With a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably a professional qualification (or equivalent experience) in journalism or PR, you will be a great writer with the ability to spot a story and explain often complex academic research to a lay audience in clear language. You will advise academics on stories with the potential to create national and international interest, respond to media inquiries, write and edit news releases, press statements and other pieces of corporate literature while developing and maintaining excellent relationships with the media. You will also have the skills and knowledge to help promote and defend the University at an institutional level. Due to the nature of the role there will be some requirement for you to work outside normal office hours.

University Grade 6 (??24,370 – ??29,099 p.a.) according to experience.
Informal inquiries to Guy Dixon, Senior Press Officer, email g.dixon@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 4031
Closing Date: 5 September 2011  

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From their website???

Job Details

Press Officer

Reference Number         CSCOM0001

Faculty / Service           Corporate Services

School / Institute           Communications & Press Office

Staff Category              Professional & Managerial

Grade                           University Grade 6

Contract Type               Ongoing

Full Time / Part Time      Full Time

Location                       Leeds – Main Campus

Job Summary

 

The University of Leeds is rarely out of the spotlight, whether it???s the University???s Vice-Chancellor giving an interview on higher education policy or the latest discovery by one of its scientists or historians making headlines around the world.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced press officer or journalist to help promote the University nationally and internationally. We are especially interested to hear from journalists with experience of writing about science; or PR professionals with a proven track record in communicating stories in science and corporate communications.

With a degree in a relevant discipline and preferably a professional qualification (or equivalent experience) in journalism or PR, you will be a great writer with the ability to spot a story and explain often complex academic research to a lay audience in clear language. You will advise academics on stories with the potential to create national and international interest, respond to media inquiries, write and edit news releases, press statements and other pieces of corporate literature while developing and maintaining excellent relationships with the media. You will also have the skills and knowledge to help promote and defend the University at an institutional level. Due to the nature of the role there will be some requirement for you to work outside normal office hours.

University Grade 6 (??24,370 – ??29,099 p.a.) according to experience.

Informal inquiries to Guy Dixon, Senior Press Officer, email g.dixon@leeds.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)113 343 4031

Closing Date: 5 September 2011  
(Redeployment Closing Date: 22 August 2011)

Job Description

 

Responsible to: Director of Communications and Press Office
Reports to: Senior Press Officer

Main Duties and Responsibilities

??? Secure positive coverage for the University in the national and international broadcast and print media, particularly for science research. This will be achieved primarily by interviewing academics about their work, assessing potential news angles in order to write and edit press releases and other copy. This will involve translating often complex research into newsworthy and accessible stories, generating news and feature items and disseminating them through appropriate media channels. 
??? Work with other press officers to support corporate communications across the University. This will include defending the reputation and image of the University through the careful handling of sensitive issues and planning the response through close liaison with senior staff as appropriate.
??? Contribute to the institution???s PR strategy to support its strategic aspirations, in particular its aspiration to be widely recognised for world-class excellence in research and learning and teaching.
??? Build the University???s profile in the international media.
??? Build and maintain strong relationships with key journalists, programmes/publications and other external agencies, including funding bodies, to promote and enhance the University???s reputation and interests. 
??? Understand and take account of the internal and external influences affecting higher education to help shape media relations priorities and manage risks. 
??? Undertake duties generally associated with the post, including acting as a spokesperson on behalf of the University to national and international media; handling press enquiries in an appropriate manner; and promoting academic expertise in the media.
??? Use expertise and interpersonal skills to build credibility and gain buy-in from key parties, in particular academics and senior managers.
??? Advise and collaborate with other agencies and institutions, including funding bodies, research councils and other universities involved in partnerships with the University on joint promotional activities.
??? Use social media to enhance the University???s presence on-line as part of a wider strategy to promote the University using digital channels.
??? Provide media training to key academics, in-line with the University???s strategic aims and advise staff (including senior academics and managers) on media issues and presentation; ensuring they are briefed and clear on best practice before being interviewed by the media. 
??? Support new broadcast facility on campus to enable academics to give broadcast down-the-line interviews directly to the media.
??? This job description provides a framework of activities. You may be required to undertake other duties appropriate to the grade of the post in order to support the University and the Communications and Press Office in achieving its objectives.

Career Expectations 

The University of Leeds is committed to developing its staff. All staff participate in the Staff Review and Development scheme and we continue to work with individuals, supporting them to maximise their potential.

Progression to a higher grade is dependent on an individual taking on an increased level of responsibility. The scope for this job may grow over time, allowing possible progression should the post holder demonstrate the skills and a wish to develop and increase their responsibilities.

University Values 

All staff are expected to operate in line with the University???s values and standards, which work as an integral part of our strategy and set out the principles of how we work together. More information about the University???s strategy and values is available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/comms/strategy/ 

Person Specification

 

Letters after each criterion indicate the method of assessment which will be used during the selection stage: A = Application form, I = Interview, T = Test

Essential

??? Demonstrable experience of delivering effective media relations in a challenging and complex environment; or proven track record as journalist. (A,I)
??? Excellent writing skills, with the ability to write for different audiences and media and to translate complex ideas into accessible, newsworthy stories. (A,I,T)
??? Proven ability to spot a good news story or a good publicity opportunity. (A,I,T)
??? Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and the ability to build credibility and rapport in order to deal effectively with people at all levels, within and external to the organisation. (A,I)
??? Ability to work with sensitivity, tact and a high degree of diplomacy to handle potentially damaging or sensitive issues, gaining buy in from key parties and retaining a clear focus on achieving desired outcomes. (A,I,T)
??? Good organisational skills, with the ability to manage a complex workload, ensuring effective prioritisation and use of resources. (A,I)
??? Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines with strong attention to detail and accuracy. (A,I,T)
??? Demonstrable experience of applying a creative approach to solving problems involving stakeholders with different objectives to achieve desired outcomes. (A,I)
??? Strong judgement with demonstrable ability to give timely and effective advice taking account of organisational culture, objectives and priorities. (A,I)
??? Enthusiastic and self motiv
ated with evidence of being able to work independently as well as supporting and working effectively within the wider team. (A,I)
??? Knowledge or interest in science; degree in relevant subject. (A,I)

Desirable

??? Professional qualification in journalism or PR. (A,I)
??? Experience or knowledge of higher education and an understanding of issues affecting academics. (A,I)
??? Knowledge of social media and video journalism, and an appreciation of how it could best be utilised to help promote the University. (A,I)
??? Understanding of international media, and ideas of how the University could enhance its reputation abroad. (A,I)

Additional Information

 

Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the University, including information on pensions and benefits, are available on the Human Resources web pages accessible via the links on the right hand side, or at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/index.htm 

Criminal Record Disclosures 

A Criminal Records Disclosure is not required for this position. However, applicants who have unspent convictions must indicate this in the ???other personal details??? section of the application.

Disabled Applicants 

The post is located in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building. Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the department direct. Additional information may be sought from the Recruitment Officer, email disclosure@leeds.ac.uk or tel + 44 (0)113 343 1723.

Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act once their disability becomes known.

Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions is available in the applicant guidance.

More Info…

Additional Information.docx (attached, Jo)

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