Media Officer

Location: 102 Petty France, London

Grade: HEO

Salary: £35,405 - £39,000 

Post Type: Permanent

Summary of Role

From keeping drugs out of prisons and cutting crime, to overhauling sentencing laws and launching a 24/7 helpline for rape victims – the Ministry of Justice is one of only a handful of Government departments that can truly dominate the news agenda.

And our Press Office, bursting with talent, is widely recognised as the gold standard within government for shaping stories and influencing news across print, broadcast, and online. With a diverse remit including, prisons and probation, family justice, victims and modernising the courts system, no day is ever the same.

We are looking for a creative, hard-working, passionate person to join our team, so if you’re looking for an exciting, challenging job, where you can develop with support from experienced communications professionals, keep reading.

You could have responsibility for setting up and managing media facilities, organising interviews, drafting sharp, reactive statements and briefing journalists to generate and influence our coverage. There will be opportunities to advise Ministers and provide them with media handling advice on announcements, visits and speeches, and to help us boost our social media presence.

If these challenges sound exciting, you have experience in media relations, communications or journalism, and you enjoy the buzz of a busy environment – apply now to be a Ministry of Justice media officer. You are exactly who we’re looking for.

While responsibilities will depend on the desk you join, all media officers are expected to:

  • Create proactive announcements and media strategies, using everything from traditional broadcast and print media to consumer websites and social media.
  • Provide regular media handling advice to Ministers, officials and colleagues on sensitive, complex and high-profile issues.
  • Anticipate and spot news stories so you can swiftly prepare and issue robust responses to potentially negative stories.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Ministers, officials, journalists, stakeholders and colleagues in other departments.
  • Work effectively with the Communications team and wider Government so media plans are joined-up with digital, internal and strategic communications.
  • Understand departmental and Ministerial priorities so you can communicate key messages clearly, accurately and creatively to media.

How to apply

Please click here to apply follow the link ‘Apply for a Job’ and search for reference 74417 for this role, this will take you to the Ministry of Justice career page.

Closing Date: 12 June 2023 at 23:55:00 BST

Please include in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.