£28,699 per annum + Competitive Benefits
Are you a talented writer with a knack for pulling together compelling stories to make Samaritans stand out in the media, which will also encourage people to volunteer and donate? Are you good at managing key relationships sensitively and thinking creatively about the best ways to get our messages out to new audiences through traditional and digital media?
Samaritans is looking for a Media officer who is an excellent story teller and interviewer capable of nurturing the people who share their stories to help keep us in the spotlight, as well as taking a role in our busy Media team.
About The role/person
Samaritans’ volunteers are there for people when life gets tough, and the demand for our service is rising all the time. Last year we had 5.7m appeals for help. We are looking for a well-connected, innovative and digital savvy media professional to help us engage new audiences, reach younger people, and land great media coverage that increases awareness of the hugely important work Samaritans does.
We’re looking for somebody who is comfortable working with sensitive material and can support vulnerable people through the process of sharing their story, as well as prioritising the interests of Samaritans. We are keen to hear from anyone with experience of managing a case study bank for a charity.
We are looking for someone with loads of creative ideas, ready to take on the challenges of a busy press office, writing press releases, responding to journalists’ requests, and supporting our volunteers with media advice where necessary.
If you have experience of working with case studies, a news or PR agency background we would like to hear from you. Knowledge of mental health and wellbeing would be great, but most of all we need someone passionate about this job, good at devising and executing PR plans so that we get our name out there, and keep Samaritans at the top of the agenda where it deserves to be.
Samaritans is a unique charity that provides support to people who are struggling to cope. Last year our volunteers responded to a call for help every six seconds, and with more than 20,000 volunteers and around 150 staff, our volunteers and staff have been providing emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 60 years.
Our Central Office is located in a converted mill in Ewell, Surrey which is just over 30 minutes by train from Waterloo and 15 minutes from Wimbledon. As an employer we offer a good range of benefits, including 25 days’ holiday, free parking, Health Cash Plan, pension and interest-free season ticket loans.
Please visit our website www.samaritans.org/jobs where you will find the full job description and application form.
Completed application forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 09:00am on 27th November 2017.