We have one vacancy at present.
Advert posted: Tuesday, September 4th.
Closing date: Friday September 28th [6pm].
The Green Party are currently recruiting for an exceptional individual to join our growing and dedicated team as the Press and Strategic Communications Officer.
As the Green Party’s main press officer, this person leads the Party’s day-to-day interactions with the media, composes and conveys the Green Party political positioning, policies, and public communications, acts as the main point of contact with journalists and works to ensure access to the media for representatives at all levels, across the country.
The person is also the Green Party’s key media and communications strategist, working closely with other staff, Party leadership, representatives and others to develop, test, implement and monitor successful communications strategies.
The role requires an ability to manage responsibilities well, with delegation of duties to other staff and/or volunteers from time to time.
The Green Party is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. Please read the job description and person specification below before applying, or download a .pdf copy here.
Details on how to apply can be found below also.
Press and Strategic Communications Officer
Title: Press and Strategic Communications Officer
Responsible to: General Secretary
Remuneration: €40,000 pa
Based: Suffolk Street and Leinster House, Dublin
PRESS & MEDIA
- Act as main media point of contact.
- Develop and issue press releases and other relevant Party materials to the media, on own initiative and in conjunction with parliamentary party, elected representatives, Party spokespersons and other relevant personnel.
- Develop, foster and maintain positive and effective relationships with the media.
- Work closely with elected representatives and election candidates to promote their messages and enhance their profiles at local and national levels.
- Ensure briefs for candidates and representatives are prepared and reviewed in advance of media appearances in conjunction with with Leinster House staff to ensure consistency with Party policy.
- Monitor coverage of the Party in the media and prepare internal media reports, as requested.
- Provide guidance for Party members on interacting with the press including assisting in the organisation and presentation of media training.
- Liaise with and advise, where appropriate, spokespersons and other Party personnel regarding news developments and contribute to Party responses to these.
- Maintain Press Office contacts, records and files.
- Provide a key strategic communications focus to the development of the Party’s Communications Strategy and General Election Communications Strategy, in consultation with the Communications Subcommittee and other relevant personnel.
- Devise the media and communications dimensions to key Party events and vehicles, including the National Convention, campaigns, launches, election events and broadcasts.
- Ensure access to media resources is strategically spread across Green Party representatives.
- Contribute to increasing positive public awareness of the Party.
- Advise on and implement the communications dimensions of Party policies and political positions.
- Flagging potential communications or political issues that may arise from within or outside the Party.
- Work closely with Electoral Task Force on voter research and engagement with polling companies.
- Work closely with the Lead Creative Officer to deliver the Green Party’s message, and that of Green Party representatives, through online media.
- Work closely with the Lead Creative Officer to develop the Green Party’s social media strategies.
- Assist in the editorial production of the Party’s internal communications.
- Delegation of duties where appropriate to ensure adequate coverage.
- Out of hours work and on-call duties is a regular feature of the role.
- Carry out other functions, duties or tasks that may be assigned by the General Secretary from time to time.
- Significant experience working in a press officer/senior communications role.
- Experience working with or in print, broadcast and online media.
- Experience in relationship management, especially with journalists.
- Demonstrable experience in communications strategy; including overall responsibility for developing and implementing effective communications plans.
- Experience in communications analysis, including media monitoring, identification of trends, demographic and audience segmentation.
- Proven experience in offering media guidance and advice, particularly with multiple stakeholders.
- Experience working for a political party, NGO or policy-oriented organisation.
- An affinity for the aims and principle of the Green Party (Green Party membership not required).
- Excellent understanding of the Irish political system; including knowledge of Irish elections, political parties, current political cleavages and trends.
- Excellent understanding of the current Irish media environment.
- Knowledge of WordPress CMS.
- Familiarity with digital media design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.
- Knowledge of environmental politics in Ireland and internationally.
- Full clean driving licence.
- First-rate communications skills: speaking, listening, written, presentation. An ability to effectively convey complex points into concise statements. Scrupulous attention to detail in all aspects of communications.
- Critical analysis: an ability to make independent assessments and offer critical advice regarding communications options.
- Decision making: an ability to act decisively in an often fast-paced working environment.
- Workload Management: an ability to balance often competing demands for time and skills, ensuring best-quality outcomes at all times.
- Teamwork: an ability to work well as part of a team; to take instruction and contribute to the overall success of the organisation.
- Excellent project-management skills.
- Excellent research skills; an ability to investigate and follow lines of enquiry in pursuit of a likely media opportunity.
- Ideal: NFQ level 8 qualification or equivalent in communications, public relations, journalism or related discipline.
- We welcome applications from individuals with diverse education & training backgrounds which relate strongly to the duties of this role.
How to Apply
Please read the information below carefully before applying. Incomplete applications or applications not matching the requirements below will not be accepted. Applications must consist of:
- A two-page curriculum vitae [.pdf format, labelled with your own name].
- A one-page cover letter [.pdf format, labelled with your own name].
- Three samples of previous work [various formats, labelled with your own name].
Samples must showcase the applicant’s key skills as they relate to the requirements listed in the job description and person specification. Samples must also have a clear relevance to the experience required for the role. Examples may include, but are not limited to; press releases, communication strategies or plans, campaign plans, social media engagement samples, etc. Samples will be examined as part of the shortlisting process.
Please ensure to remove any confidential information or personal data which may relate to previous roles before sending samples.
Applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm on Friday 28th September 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.
From time to time, the Green Party will facilitate internships in our Head Office, or in Leinster House.
The Green Party follows three principles when it comes to interns:
- Interns should be compensated for their work. This means that when we take on an intern, they either must be benefiting in terms of gaining an academic credit for their time here, or they go onto our payroll as a temporary employee.
- Interns should gain a rounded experience of the work of the Green Party, its staff and its representatives. Intern work can sometimes involve more basic office tasks, but it shouldn’t always be this way. We will try to provide interns with a varied experience – including time in Leinster House, time with Councillors or time with Members/Volunteers.
- When and internship is finished, interns should be able to point to something to say ‘I did that’ or ‘I contributed to this’. We prefer interns to have something meaningful to put on their CV.
Current Internship Vacancies
We have no open internship spaces at present.