Senior PR Officer

Are you looking for a new exciting role in PR and Media in 2022?

We are seeking a Senior PR Officer to join our dynamic Communications Team! (Please note this role is known internally as a Senior Media Officer).

We are a growing charity with ambitious plans to transform the future of people affected by pancreatic cancer. This is an exciting time to join!

The successful candidate will be key in supporting the Senior Media Manager to deliver successful media strategies, and integrated communications campaigns, to build the organisation’s profile, increase our reach, raise awareness of our work and demonstrate the urgent need to improve the outlook for people diagnosed with the deadliest common cancer.

We have been part of some exciting projects so help us to put the deadliest common cancer at the top of the news agenda! One of our latest innovative campaigns is the ‘Lost Voices’, which united Alan Rickman, Patrick Swayze, Sir John Hurt and other famous faces sadly lost to pancreatic cancer to help break through the silence surrounding the disease.

Some of the main responsibilities of this role include:

  • Working to the Senior Media Manager, help devise and deliver media strategies to promote the charity’s fundraising, services, policy and research activities, and integrated campaigns such as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Produce engaging copy, including press releases, comments and blogs, for a variety of audiences
  • Proactively sell-in news stories and features to journalists across the whole of the UK to increase the profile of the charity and the disease
  • Act as the charity’s first point of contact for journalists and provide a professional, flexible and responsive service to the media, often to a tight deadline
  • Develop excellent working relationships with internal teams, spokespeople and people affected by pancreatic cancer
  • Lead on the development of new case studies for the Marketing and Communications Team and find ways to maximise the impact of those stories through the media and the charity’s own channels

About you:

  • You will need to be able to spot a news story at a hundred yards and have the creative instinct to find the right angle to get the public talking about pancreatic cancer.
  • You will possess the poise to remain calm under pressure, the ability to prioritise a varied workload, and the emotional intelligence to work sensitively alongside people affected by pancreatic cancer, as you support them in sharing their experiences through the media.
  • With a strong track-record of securing media coverage under your belt, you will be confident pitching to journalists and have the ability to write copy that will pique their interest, move their audiences, and clearly articulate the charity’s position on the issues that matter.
  • Nurturing relationships will be important to you. Working with world-class scientists, celebrity ambassadors, or in collaboration with other organisations to make a difference will excite you. If that sounds familiar, then join us in taking on pancreatic cancer. You’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills, be at the heart of successful campaigns, and break the news of the ground-breaking research that will change the future.

For full details of the role, please see the JDPS.

About us:

It’s unacceptable that more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within 3 months. Survival rates have improved enormously for most cancers, yet for pancreatic cancer, this is not the case. And, with treatment and care affected by the pandemic, the situation has only got worse.
Pancreatic Cancer UK is a national charity dedicated to taking on this injustice using every possible means. We’re supporting people with pancreatic cancer now, campaigning, and funding vital research to transform the future.

Working with us:

We are an inclusive employer committed and are looking for people who can demonstrate dedication to our cause and values.

We celebrate all aspects of diversity and inclusion and believe in appointing the right person for the role and, that there should be no barriers to work and employment. We are aiming to be an organisation whose workforce broadly reflects our society and creates a positive environment for everyone to flourish, therefore we particularly welcome applications from candidates who consider themselves to be in a diverse minority.

We offer a supportive place to work with helpful and friendly staff who report a high level of job satisfaction. We are currently working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, but our main office is based in London on the river with views towards Westminster. We offer flexible working and we envisage once Covid restrictions are lifted, this role will be a blend of working from home and working in the office.

  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary: £32,300 per annum (inclusive of London weighting)
  • Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week (Monday-Friday).
  • Location: London SE1 (temporarily remote working from home)
  • Closing date: 27 January 2022 at 9 am.
  • Interviews will take place remotely via a Zoom video call on 3 February and 4 February 2022.

How to apply:

  • Please read the JDPS and attachments below. You will need to complete the application form and send it alongside your CV to jobs@pancreaticcancer.org.uk
  • Your application form and CV are to be saved in Microsoft Word format / PDF format as we are unable to open other document formats.
  • Please address each point within the person specification’s table which has the title ‘Skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications’ in your application. This will enable the hiring managers to score your application accordingly when they come to shortlist candidates for an interview.

You must have the right to work in the UK when you apply.

Download the following documents below:

Diana’s letter to our candidates

Short-Application-form 2022

JDPS – Senior Media Officer – Jan 2022

Main T&Cs – Senior Media Officer -Jan 2022