Communications Specialist (Specific Purpose maternity leave contract) - The Shannon Airport Group

The Shannon Airport Group is hiring a Communications Specialist to join our team on a specific purpose maternity leave contract commencing November 2023. 

The Communications Department of The Shannon Airport Group is based in Shannon Airport, County Clare. The role has an option of hybrid working and will report to the Head of Communications.   

This is an exciting opportunity in which the ideal candidate will cover the day-to-day activities of a busy, dynamic communications department. The primary function of the role requires a variety of communication skills (verbal, written and social media) to support The Shannon Airport Group’s corporate communications objectives.   

The position will help communications efforts, developing and executing integrated strategies that engage media and excite audiences about The Shannon Airport Group, Shannon Airport and the group’s commercial properties activities.  

The Shannon Airport Group is a commercial semi-state company and provides air transport and aviation services at Shannon Airport and harnesses its property and land assets to deliver commercial property solutions across its Shannon Campus, with sustainability at its core.  

Company The Shannon Airport Group
Location The Shannon Airport Group HQ, Shannon Airport, Shannon, County Clare
Apply by 10 October 2023
Position / Title Communications Specialist (Specific Purpose maternity leave contract)
Department Communications
Reporting to Head of Communications, The Shannon Airport Group
Direct Reports N/A
Contract Type Full time maternity leave contract
How To Apply

Applications in the form of a cover letter and current CV (MS Word or pdf) should be sent to: Loading... no later than 12:00 noon Tuesday, 10th October 2023.  

The selection process to include interview, 5-year background check, Garda vetting and pre-employment medical. Interviews will take place week commencing 16th October 2023.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing high-impact communications/PR campaigns and strategies, and monitoring their success.  
  • Reaching out to influencers, media and beyond to raise awareness and understanding of The Shannon Airport Group.  
  • Drafting press releases, media statements and answering media inquiries in a timely manner.   
  • Content creation for social media including video.  
  • Assisting the Head of Communications in stakeholder engagement.   
  • Assisting with the provision of media advice and support to colleagues and stakeholders.  
  • Keeping up to date with all issues that affect the company.   
  • Participating in crisis communication preparedness activities.  
  • Supporting the work of internal communications. 
  • Maintaining and managing shared appointments and calendar of events for the department.  
  • Updating media lists and databases on a regular basis.  
  • Assisting with the day-to-day activities of the Communications Department and other such duties the company may from time to time reasonably require.  

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience 

The candidate should have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree/or relevant qualification in PR/communications/media or a related field.  
  • Three to five years relevant experience at a senior level in communications.  
  • Exceptional writing, editing, communication, storytelling and project management skills.  
  • The ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines as part of a busy 24/7 communications department is vital.   
  • Strong social media skills.  
  • Excellent organisational skills.   
  • Experience in designing and executing communications plans and strategies to deliver business objectives.  
  • The ability to multitask and simultaneously manage multiple projects with different deadlines.  
  • A solid understanding of print, online, television, and radio media outlets.  
  • Proven examples of press release writing and social media efforts.  
  • Experience of working as part of a team, as well as independently.  
  • An established range of media contacts from across journalism.  
  • Basic mobile video editing skills.  
  • Flexibility, as from time to time the role can involve unsocial hours.  

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned from time to time.  


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