Senior Press Officer

Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Team: Communications Team
  • Salary: £38,990.64 plus £3000 London Weighting Allowance
  • Location: London or Manchester
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 20th Jan 2022 GMT

Job Description

About us

We are the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We are Great Britain’s national equality body and a United Nations accredited National Human Rights Institution. We were established by the Equality Act 2006 and our role is to protect and promote equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales. As a statutory non-departmental public body, we are funded by HM Treasury via the Cabinet Office, but we operate independently of governments.

We pride ourselves on being a flexible and inclusive employer. We celebrate difference, embrace diversity and support all our people to thrive at work. If this sounds interesting - apply to join us!

Our Vacancy

Working in the Commission's communications team, this role will play a major part in making our voice heard, and work seen by our audiences.  With primary responsibility for managing the day to day running of the press office and social media channels, you will deliver a strategic and pro-active strategy that will create long-lasting partnerships and make the best use of our executive team and Board.  You will also work across communications and be able to ensure the Commission is strategic in its approach. A confident communicator, you will have previous experience of working in a press office or newsroom and of being a credible and informed spokesperson and representative. 

As part of a small team it will be essential that you have a good understanding of all parts of communications including campaigns, digital engagement, and evaluation. Everything we do makes national headlines and we need a talented, passionate and enthusiastic media professional to help us reach more people. Your work here will be broad, covering every area of our work. 

You will play a key role supporting the executive team and the Board on their priorities and ensuring the delivery of a proactive approach to media relations and engagement.  This very collaborative way of working requires you to play your part to ensure: we deliver within budget and on time we have the skills and expertise we need; and we are flexible and responsive enough to support our programmes and projects.  In return, we can offer you a great place and a dedicated team working with you on subjects that really matter to people. We will support you in developing professional skills and expertise, encourage you to seek out opportunities and provide opportunities for you to broaden your horizons, develop new skills, and progress your career.  To be fully effective in this role you will be required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement as well as certain knowledge, skills and experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Media monitoring and internal reporting

  • Media handling, including managing reactive enquiries and identifying opportunities to secure media coverage

  • Managing media activity for major publications and announcements and advising on proactive media strategy

  • Producing briefings and supporting senior spokespeople in media interviews.

  • Support with proactive and reactive social media content

  • Line management of one Press Officer and oversight of quality control standards

  • On-call responsibilities.

What we are looking for

  • Ability to embed evaluation and tracking into communication strategies, determine evaluation criteria and consider how to assess the impact of communication

  • Ability to develop measurable communication objectives to support the delivery of policy

  • Ability to provide strategic advice to senior leaders and to draw on the expertise of others as appropriate.

  • Ability to distill complex information into simple communications

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team

  • Ability to put in place processes and manage performance within a small team.

  • Strong team working skills and experience of developing junior staff.

You will be assessed against our core skills (Leadership, Delivery Management and Stakeholder Engagement) and the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role in the application form. Please provide evidence and examples from your work history or other aspects of your life to demonstrate how you meet the criteria required. Full criteria details can be found in the candidate pack.

Important Information

Currently we are trialling hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their EHRC office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for this role or for yourself, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in the candidate pack.

How to apply

If this sounds like the role for you, please review the attached Candidate Pack for more information and submit your application today!

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an accredited Disability Confident Leader and operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability.

Should you wish to apply under our Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment, please indicate this in your application.  

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment  – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100.

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our inclusive workplace where we celebrate difference, value everyone’s contribution and where people of all backgrounds can thrive.  We do not accept discrimination or harassment, and all our recruitment decisions are based on fair and open competition, with appointment on merit. We are committed to further growing our workplace by making sure that the talent pipelines for our most senior roles are as diverse and inclusive as they can be. We welcome applications from everyone and encourage disabled people and people from an ethnic minority background to apply. This is to ensure we are taking positive action in order to achieve our legitimate aim of a balanced representation in our workforce at senior grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

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Applications closed Thu 20th Jan 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

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