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Application Deadline
13 December 2021

Interview Date
17 December 2021

Contract type
Permanent

Hours
35

Salary
£33,310 - £38,864 plus London weighting

Location
Stratford, London

Senior Media Officer

About the role

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Full Time – 35 Hours

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 exciting time to join Mind. This challenging and exciting role will contribute to the development and delivery of media strategies for the charity’s campaigning and policy priorities, such as our work on benefits and mental health services.

As Senior Media Officer you will report to the Media Relations Manager. The Media and PR team sits within Mind’s External Relations department bringing together all Mind’s campaigning, policy, communications, digital, information and legal work.

You should have a proven track record of delivering effective high-profile media campaigns. You will have an excellent news sense, strong journalist contacts and be proactive in generating media coverage.

You will be responsible for devising and delivering strategies to secure target levels of media coverage and building and maintaining contacts with journalists across national, local and trade media with the aim of raising Mind’s profile, promoting Mind’s work and improving media portrayals and public perceptions of mental health issues. You will also be expected to support with handling reactive enquires on the news desk, provide media support to our network of local Minds and organise media training and practice for Mind’s spokespeople.

With significant experience working as a media officer, or a senior PR executive, the successful candidate will be comfortable working in a busy environment, handling multiple enquiries from journalists and producers.

Knowledge of mental health problems, the current political landscape relating to mental health issues, UK Government policy; 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.

Closing date: 13th of December 2021

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).

Mind is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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)

Equality & Diversity

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.

We are committed to becoming truly anti-racist in everything we do and ensuring that all our employees are treated fairly and equitably at work and promoting equity in physical and mental health for all.

Our strategy has becoming an anti-racist organisation right at the centre of our work. For more information please visit click on the button below.

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More details and how to apply

For more information and a full person specification, please check on the Job Description button below. To apply, please click on the Apply Now button on the top left of the screen.

If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, please contact our HR team [email protected] who will be happy to support you.

Job Description

A little more about Mind

Our goals:

  • Supporting people likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well

  • Empowering people who experience a mental health problem to make informed choices about how they live and recover

  • Ensuring people get the right services and support at the right time to help their recovery and enable them to live with their mental health problem

  • Opening the doors to people with experience of mental health problems participating fully in society

  • Gaining equality of treatment for people who experience both mental health and other forms of discrimination

Our values underpin everything we do. They are:

  • Open: We reach out to anyone who needs us.

  • Together: We're stronger in partnership.

  • Responsive: We listen, we act.

  • Independent: We speak out fearlessly.

  • Unstoppable: We never give up.

To get to know us a little better and more information on working at Mind, including our benefits,  please click the button below

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