2mesjobs 2M Employment Solutions
Fixed Term Contract
Hours of Work: 36.5 per week
Reference number: WMCA00485
Salary: £35,945-£40,461 per annum + exclusive benefits
Closes: 21st November 2021
Location: 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD
Andy Street was elected as Mayor of the West Midlands in 2017. He is chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority. The Mayor’s Office team supports the West Midlands Combined Authority in delivering Andy’s specific areas of responsibility including local transport, skills, and the region’s ‘more and better homes’ agenda.
As Press Officer, you will join the team on a fixed term basis for the duration of Andy’s term (until May 2024). Your focus will be on supporting and promoting the Mayor’s activities through the effective management of press relations with local and national media, ensuring his agenda is reported accurately and fairly.
What will you be doing?
• Manage press relations and correspondence with the local and national media
• Devise and execute creative communications campaigns to support the delivery of the Mayor’s policy priorities
• Act as a trusted spokesperson for the Mayor
• Ensure the Mayor is briefed before media engagements
• Advise the Mayor on relevant media stories
• Sign off quotes and content on behalf of the Mayor
• Oversee the West Midlands Mayor social media accounts, operated by the WMCA Communications Team,
• Promote interest in the Mayor’s and West Midlands activities through preparing press releases and generating interest in the Mayor’s agenda and campaigns
• Devise and produce proactive media campaigns which align with the Mayor’s agenda and priorities
• Attend media engagements and ensure briefing materials are available
This is a politically restricted role. Politically restricted employees are prohibited from:
• standing for office as local councillors, MPs, MEPs, Members of the Welsh Assembly or Members of the Scottish Parliament
• canvassing on behalf of a political party or a person who is, or seeks to be, a candidate
• speaking to the public at large or publishing any written or artistic work that could give the impression that they are advocating support for a political party
Essential skills and experience needed
• Proven track record in press, PR, or communications
• Knowledge of the geography, culture, issues, and politics in the West Midlands
• Local media experience in the West Midlands
• A clear understanding of both local and national politics
• Ability to develop and maintain key media contacts
• Must fully understand the Mayor’s agenda and key delivery plans
• Must be able to retain the trust of the Mayor and the Mayoral team
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with the WMCA and local authority communications teams and officers and with the press
• Ability to turn policy and delivery activities into creative communications campaigns
• Interpersonal skills to handle enquiries from journalists and cope with working under pressure and to tight and unplanned deadlines
Desirable skills and experience needed
• Educated to degree level in relevant field or equivalent experience
• National media experience
• Experience working in a political environment
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better-connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.
We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.
Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
About your application
The online Application Form you’ll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying.