Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Posted 27 September 2023
Salary Negotiable
Job type Contract
Discipline HR & Executive Support
ReferenceTB / U_1695811335
Contact NameTina Byrne

Job description

An experienced Communications & Public Affairs Officer is required for my client a not-for-profit education association for a 3 months contract

You will be the first point of contact for a small Communications Team and develop the companies political influence by liaising with member of parliament and other organisations and assist the Head of Communications & Public Affairs in implementing the company's communications strategy (deputising) in their absence.

  • Arranging interviews and placing articles
  • Responding to media enquiries and maintaining the union's social media presence
  • Drafting press releases and member-facing communications.
  • To represent the company in Westminster parliamentary environment
  • To prepare regular briefings for, members of parliament and peers, and arrange public events.
  • To develop and maintain relationships with members of parliament and develop the company's political influence.
  • To assist with political lobbying including conferences, receptions, and parliament
  • To maintain and update press and parliamentary contacts
  • To keep updated with trends of Post 16 Education
  • To attend various events including annual congress


  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent experience (inc. maths & English)
  • Previous experience of working within a highly political environment is essential
  • Ability to maintain and build relationships across the political spectrum is essential
  • Understanding of further education and political trends would be an advantage
  • Knowledge and understanding political parties, parliamentary procedures and party policies
  • Experience of liaising with the press and handling enquiries and writing releases
  • Ability to use social media for various media work
  • Experience of political lobbying would be an advantage
  • Previous experience of trade unions or other not for profit organisations is essential
  • An excellent team player with the ability to step up in the absence of the Head of Communications
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills to build internal and external relationships.
  • Good Computer skills - MS Office

Temporary Rates based on a salary of £50,000 (plus London Waiting £5,058) = £55,058 pro rata

Hourly Pay Rate £27.00 - £30.00 (PAYE Plus Holiday Pay)
Day Rate: to £320. (Umbrella- All in)
Start Date: Immediate
End Date: 31st December 2022
Hybrid Working:
Location: London NW1