Press & Communications Officer

Greenpeace

Islington, London
£38,424 - £44,664 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

greenpeace.org.uk

Reference: B98/2019

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Saturday, 1st June 2019  


This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced press officer to work on some of the world's biggest environmental campaigns at a crucial time for the future of our planet.

With climate change on the front pages, people taking to the streets, and growing public concern about the health of our oceans and forests, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to force governments and corporations to act and protect the living world for centuries to come.

As a leading environmental organisation, Greenpeace is at the forefront of the most urgent challenges facing our planet, from the climate emergency to plastic pollution, from deforestation to ocean protection.

As a member of our news team, you will sit at the very heart of our campaigning operation. You will focus on gaining influential coverage for our campaigns and identifying opportunities for strategic interventions that help us win. You will help shape our communications strategies and craft the compelling messages we need to win the public argument on behalf of our planet.

This is a fast-paced and varied job that requires strong initiative, creative thinking, and great organisational skills. You may be planning a big direct action to stop a ship carrying polluting diesel cars to the UK one day, and pitching a high-profile investigation to a national newspaper the next.

We are looking for a savvy media operator who enjoys the cut and thrust of the daily news cycle, has a good grasp of all UK media, and has some understanding of who holds the power and pulls the strings when it comes to UK and global policy. We also need a proactive press officer who doesn’t just wait to be fed a news story but goes out there looking for one.

You will also be working with our award-winning investigative unit, Unearthed, to increase the public profile of our investigations, so experience in this field will be highly valued.

For this role we are looking for someone with solid experience of generating high-quality media coverage for campaigns across a wide range of media outlets, from local media to newspaper features, TV news, and consumer magazines. Experience of working on international campaigns and coordinating press initiatives with organisations based in multiple countries will also be a bonus.

You’ll be great at spotting opportunities to intervene in current media debates, and be able to translate complex political, scientific and environmental information into succinct and clear messages that successfully reach our target audiences. As well as your communication, interpersonal skills and diplomacy, this role will also test your ability to organise and improvise. You will need to be equally adept in facing and communicating with openly hostile audiences as with the passionately supportive. You will also have an understanding of the value of investigative work and of the role that mobilising audiences plays in winning campaigns.

You’ll believe in our aims and will be committed to building a working environment where everyone feels accepted and valued.

You will also be able to demonstrate substantial experience as a press officer or journalist. Some UK and overseas travel may be involved and, to ensure out-of-hours cover, you’ll take part in an on-call duty rota. You will contribute to our fast-moving strategic campaign planning and development, and at times, you may also be required to work on one or more of our campaigns.


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