Post: Communications Officer
Salary: £31,034 per annum
Grade: FRS C
Salary range: £31,034 - £37,256 per annum
Contract type: Fixed Term until 31/03/2023
Working pattern: Full-time
Application closing date: Friday 01 July 2022 at 16:00 GMT
We are recruiting a Communications Officer to join our busy press team.
London Fire Brigade is one of the largest fire and rescue services in the world, so working in our press team is exciting and fast paced.
You’ll need to think fast about breaking news, be confident and creative on social media and have an understanding of the political environment in which the Brigade operates.
As well as helping to keep the press desk running smoothly and responding to media queries, you will help us campaign to ensure Londoners are better protected from risks such as fires and flooding. You’ll also be involved in telling the story about how we’re transforming as an organisation and what we’re doing to engage more with the communities we serve. You will also be responsible for managing our online media system PRgloo and raising the awareness of the press office throughout the organisation.
No two days are the same and we are looking for an unflappable individual with previous experience of working in a busy press office in journalism or experience of working within a communications team. A demonstrable ability to work to high standards and tight deadlines. You would also be required to take part in the out of hours press office rota.
This is a challenging yet immensely rewarding position. If you’ve got what it takes, we want you to join us.
Further information about the main duties and responsibilities of the role are detailed in the job description. If you are unable to see the job description please visit our jobs pages at https://jobs.london-fire.gov.uk/alljobs/ to access the full advert.
To apply, please complete the online application, provide a cover letter clearly outlining the relevant experience, skills and knowledge you have to successfully perform this role (see the job description below) and upload a copy of your up-to-date CV.
Benefits of working for LFB
• 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
• Option Absence Scheme (which can result in an additional 12 days annual leave for staff at this grade)
• Flexible working including job share
• Welfare Scheme
• Use of Brigade Medical Adviser/physios
• Season ticket loans
• Equality Support Groups
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Opportunity to access affordable accommodation
Please ensure you give yourself enough time to complete and submit your application. Late or un-submitted applications cannot be accepted.
Please note any correspondence received from us will be via e-mail and sent to the address you provide on your application form.
We value the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across London. The London Fire Commissioner is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.
Online application, CV and cover letter (sift). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to stage 2.
Assessment for this role is due to take place Mid July. Please be advised that if you are unable to make the scheduled assessment date, we may not be able to make alternative arrangements.
Please note: Should you be shortlisted you may need to be able to conduct an interview over Microsoft Teams (a video conferencing service). You will be asked to provide relevant contact details for that to take place if shortlisted.
In line with the Basic Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) employment checks will be completed by successful candidates, which will include a basic criminal records check. Successful candidate will be required to declare any convictions for offences which are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and any offer of employment is subject to the LFC receiving a criminal records disclosure which it considers satisfactory. Successful candidates should apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to get a copy of their criminal record and share the original disclosure certificate with the LFC. The check will only show convictions that are not ‘spent’. It will cost the successful candidates £23 (current charge) and usually takes up to 14 days.