Press Officer - Early Childhood Ireland

The specific purpose of this post is to strengthen our public communications to gain public support for the right to early care and education and for increasing public investment in early years provision. The post holder will be responsible for implementing a local and national media strategy which will consolidate Early Childhood Ireland’s position as the leading voice of the sector.

Company Early Childhood Ireland
Location Working from home/remotely indefinitely, with attendance at our national office only required for staff and other meetings, when public health guidance allows this.
Apply by 11 March 2021
Position / Title Press Officer
Department Policy and Advocacy
Reporting to Director of Policy and Advocacy
Direct Reports None
Contract Type Permanent, subject to 6 months’ probation
How To Apply

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More information at this link: http://bit.ly/PressOfficer21

Job Purpose

The overall purpose of this post is to consolidate Early Childhood Ireland’s existing position as a significant policy voice for our sector. The specific purpose of the post is to strengthen our public communications to gain public support for the right to early care and education and for increasing public investment in early years provision. The post holder will be responsible for implementing a local and national media strategy which will consolidate Early Childhood Ireland’s position as the leading voice of the sector. The Press Officer will also play a key role in understanding and monitoring ongoing policy concerns.  The role is demanding and will require the holder to be both proactive and reactive in working to progress the key advocacy aims of Early Childhood Ireland.

The Press Officer is a member of the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns (PAC) team, but serves as a resource and contributor throughout the organisation. 

Responsibilities

The Press Officer has the following responsibilities:

General

  • Implement our media plan, incorporating key policy messages.
  • Plan and implement national and external communications initiatives and campaigns.
  • Promote the organisation, its members and the sector at relevant external events.
  • Contribute to our management of critical events or public concerns.

Communications

  • Deliver our ambitious media calendar, which incorporates monthly local and national print and broadcast media actions.
  • Establish relationships and consolidate existing ones with a wide range of social affairs and other journalists working at local and national media, in both print and broadcast.
  • Manage the organisation’s Twitter presence in line with the overall communications strategy
  • Working with an external agency, drive media and related activities around key events such as, but not limited to, the annual conference and the Budget submission process and response.
  • Prepare and disseminate timely and accessible press statements on a proactive and reactive basis.
  • Contribute to both in-house and external publications.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of Early Childhood Ireland’s communication activities and identify relevant and emerging trends.
  • Work alone and with other PAC team members to identify and respond to communications opportunities.
  • Identify ongoing communication opportunities.
  • Keep up to date with policy and advocacy developments relevant to early childhood care and education in Ireland, and internationally.

Other

  • At all times undertake the role in a professional manner, maintaining a high-quality standard of work, in accordance with the aims, values and ethos of Early Childhood Ireland.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties as may from time to time arise and are considered appropriate.

Person Specification

All of the following requirements are essential, unless marked with a * when they are deemed desirable attributes.

Education and Qualifications

  • A Level 8 Degree or equivalent academic qualification
  • Masters level qualification in a relevant field*

Knowledge and Understanding

The post-holder should have a demonstrable understanding and experience of the following-

  • The media environment in Ireland
  • Relationships with online, print and broadcast journalists, researchers and producers
  • Dealing with media queries
  • Pitching stories to the media
  • Drafting and disseminating press releases
  • Public affairs in Ireland*

Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years experience in a comparable role
  • An established track record in writing about and positioning complex causes
  • Understanding of developing and implementing proactive and reactive media strategies
  • Ability to articulate, write effectively and produce multi-platform content for external communications, including speeches for events, press releases, blogs, ezines and social media
  • Very strong writing skills with an ability to translate policy content into compelling messages
  • Strong technical ability, with experience of using digital platforms
  • Experience of using Photoshop or similar*

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Ability to take initiative and potential to provide leadership when needed
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines and multitask
  • Dependable and flexible
  • Creative and analytical
  • Able to think strategically
  • Constructive
  • Good judgement

More information at this link: http://bit.ly/PressOfficer21


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