31 January 2022
07 February 2022
Permanent Contract (35 Hours)
Closing date: 31st January 2022
We have big goals over the next few years.
We’re going to be fighting for mental health in a way we never have before.
Together we’ll be working to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.
Will you join us?
With the nation facing a mental health emergency, and high demand for our information and support, there’s never been a more important time to join Mind. This exciting role will lead our Media Advisory Service which helps producers, researchers and writers working on dramas and documentaries to create accurate, sensitive storylines about mental health. Mind's research shows positive portrayals in dramas, documentaries, and news reports prompt people to talk about their own mental health, seek help and support others.
As Senior Media Engagement Officer you will lead the Media Advisory Service, advising soaps, dramas, and documentaries on how to portray mental health issues and story lines accurately and sensitively. You will provide end-to-end advice, including on initial concepts and story outlines, and give feedback on scripts. You will deliver workshops to the media, to shape a storyline and or promote a better understanding of a mental health issue or diagnosis. At Mind, we work directly with those with lived experience to inform our work and our script advice. You will develop opportunities to promote Mind’s media advisory service and secure positive media coverage and as part of Mind’s busy reactive news team you will also handle enquiries from journalists, writing comments and preparing spokespeople for interview.
With significant experience working as a PR officer or PR executive, the successful candidate will be comfortable working in a busy environment and managing conflicting priorities. You will have a good understanding of the media landscape and experience maintaining relationships within the media. Knowledge of mental health problems, the current political landscape relating to mental health issues, and previous experience working in a third or public sector are desirable, but not essential. Personal direct or indirect experience of mental health problems is also desirable but not essential.
Mind reserve the right to close the vacancy to applications earlier, should we receive a high volume of strong candidates – therefore we encourage an early application.
This position will initially, in line with current and potentially future guidance, be based from home. Post lockdown this role will retain some flexibility but post holders will be expected to be in the office a minimum of two days thereafter (or more, depending on the arrangements of your team)
We value the power of diversity. We embrace the different perspectives that each of us bring. We are creating an inclusive working environment where everyone is appreciated for being authentic and bringing their whole selves to work regardless of race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.
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