Press Officer

Press Officer
£34,348 per annum
Maternity cover for 12 month contract based in Stratford, east London

Formed in April 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation’s purpose is to use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the London 2012 Games and the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to develop a dynamic new heart for east London, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK.

The Legacy Corporation is responsible for delivering one of the most important Olympic legacy promises made in the original London 2012 Games bid. This pledge concerns the physical legacy of the Games – the long-term planning, development, management and maintenance of the Park and its impact on the surrounding area after the London 2012 Games. We are a Mayoral Development Corporation and therefore directly accountable to Londoners through the Mayor of London.

The role
We are looking for an experienced press officer for a 12 month maternity cover to assist in managing the reputation of the Legacy Corporation through the provision of a high quality media and public relations service. Forging close working relationships with teams and departments throughout the organisation, you will report to the Senior Media Manager to promote the work of the organisation and the activities on the Park.

As a Press Officer you will:

• Create and deliver media strategies, plans and stories to deliver the team’s overall media objectives.
• Work with colleagues across the organisation to co-ordinate and deliver communications campaigns to promote the Park and the organisation.
• Provide timely advice on the potential public relations implications of policy decisions.

The person

Knowledge and experience
We are looking for someone with a media or PR related background  with a track record of working successfully within a busy and demanding press team. The successful candidate will have experience of proactive and reactive media relations within a high profile organisation. Experience of working for a tourist destination or a sporting and events venue would be desirable. As an experienced press officer, you will have substantial experience of writing press releases, briefs and have the ability to understand complex issues. Due to the nature of the work and the climate within which Legacy Corporation operates, it is essential for candidates to have a strong understanding of the issues, opportunities and challenges that face us as an organisation as well as the political landscape.

Skills and abilities
It is essential that the post holder will have excellent writing skills with a clear, concise and lively prose style that is engaging for a variety of audiences. You must have an eye for detail and possess excellent proof reading skills. You must be confident in dealing with stakeholders as well as the media and be able to provide advice to staff at all levels of the organisation.

If you think that you demonstrate the above and the Legacy Corporation’s corporate values; Ambition, Responsibility, Excellence and Collaboration then we look forward to receiving your application.

For more information about the role, please take a look at the full role profile here.

To apply for this position please complete and submit the documentation below and submit to ahead of the closing date.

The closing date for this position is Wednesday 18th March 2015
Interviews will be held on Thursday 26th March 2015