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Media Officer

 

Role Title: Media Officer
Reports To: Director of Campaigns and Communications
Department: Campaigns and Communications
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent (subject to 6 month probationary period)
Grade: Officer, Grade 1 £29,000 – Grade 5 £34,000. Starting salary set at Grade 1
Direct Reports: None
Budget Responsibility: None
Main Place of Work: 181 Oxford Street (3rd Floor), London, W1D 2JT. The building has a small lift which is only accessible from 1st floor landing.

So that no-one suffers needlessly and against their wishes in the final days or weeks of their life, Dignity in Dying campaigns for greater choice, control and access to services at the end of life. We advocate providing terminally ill adults with the choice of an assisted death, within strict legal safeguards, and for universal access to good quality end-of-life care.

In recent years Dignity in Dying’s campaign has increased in prominence, regularly securing national media coverage, and has moved up the public policy agenda. With an Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament, this is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment on a high profile national campaign – a campaign that deals with one of the most important social, ethical and progressive issues of our time.

Using their experience of corporate communications, media relations and strategic planning, and primarily (but not exclusively) focusing on securing proactive media coverage, the successful candidate will help raise the public profile of the organisation and maintain the broader coverage of its campaign objectives. With first rate communications skills, both written and verbal, they will be equally comfortable drafting copy for press releases, writing opinion pieces and speaking to the media directly. Both creative and confident they will be able to adjust to being the centre of a national media story one day, and proactively securing media coverage the next.

The role incorporates providing media support to Dignity in Dying’s sister charity Compassion in Dying. Both organisations share a desire to see individual choice at the heart of end-of-life decision-making. However, whereas Dignity in Dying seeks to extend patient choice at the end of life, Compassion in Dying works to raise awareness, and facilitate the uptake of existing legal rights. Compassion in Dying is not involved in Dignity in Dying’s campaign for assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults. The organisations have separate boards, which operate independently, but they share a CEO, some staff and premises.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 29th September

Interview date: Friday 10th October

CVs will not be accepted.

Please download and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and send both to laura.mccaffrey@dignityindying.org.uk.

Media Officer – Job Description

Media Officer – Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

For further information on Compassion in Dying please visit: www.compassionindying.org.uk.

If you have any questions about the role please email james.harris@dignityindying.org.uk.