Media and Communications Manager

  • Location : London
  • Status : Permanent Contract
  • Salary : £50,976 - £56,023 per annum
  • Closing date : 07/09/2023
  • Interview date : 15/09/2023
Are you a seasoned media and communications professional, with a wealth of experience in journalism, and looking to make a significant impact in the world of mental health? 

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking an exceptional Media and Communications Manager to join the External Affairs team, to promote the profile of our 20,000 strong membership in the UK and globally.

This is a unique role that requires fast-paced, news-reactive, press responses – working with high profile media outlets on a daily basis – seeking out stories and contributing to the daily news cycle. Alongside, strategic planning, with a long-term and bigger-picture view, contributing to our influencing agenda.    

As the Media and Communications Manager, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the public narrative surrounding mental health. Your expertise will contribute to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and helping to improve the understanding of psychiatry and mental illness. With your strategic vision, you will develop and implement effective communication strategies to ensure our messages reach diverse audiences through our various media channels.

Collaborating closely with renowned psychiatrists and mental health experts, you will have the opportunity to create compelling content, oversee media campaigns, and build strong relationships with journalists and stakeholders. You will lead a talented team, inspiring them to deliver impactful media campaigns and drive engagement. With a good understanding of Government and the civil service, you will also work closely with our policy and campaigns team, to develop a media strategy that increases our influence by enhancing our reputation and keeping our voice in the news. 

If you possess a passion for mental health, a flair for strategic communication, and a desire to make a real difference, apply now to be part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ journey. 

This role can give you whatever you love about your current job, and more!  

About you

You will have solid experience of leading a team and developing strong working relationships with key media contacts. You will be comfortable working at a fast pace, seeking out stories, and working on sensitive issues in a high-profile environment. 

You will have excellent judgement skills and be able to offer sound advice to senior colleagues across the breadth of our work. As a current or past journalist, you will be a talented writer with experience of running media campaigns and providing communications expertise to a wide range of work programmes. A social media advocate, you will have experience of using it to successfully listen, engage and share information.

You should be prepared to lead by example by demonstrating diligence, willingness to work above and beyond the tasks set, and to work flexibly to ensure that tasks are finished ensuring that the College is able to respond to the 24-hour media day. 

The College values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We operate a hybrid working model of on-site and working from home/remote, which helps to ensure a flexible work-life balance.

We will provide appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

We only recruit the best and in return for your commitment, the College offers an attractive salary and benefits.

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How to apply

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the following documents:

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Thursday 7 September 2023, 10am

Interview date: Friday 15 September 2023 via Microsoft Teams

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Charity registration no. 228636

The College is a proud member of the Disability confident employer scheme. A Disability Confident employer will offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria (essential) for the job as defined by the employer. Please see the candidate information pack for more information.

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