View Vacancy - Deputy Head of Communications
Main purpose of job
Reporting to and working closely with the Head of Communications, the Deputy Head of Communications will personally lead on the Consulate’s policy initiatives, including but not limited to: Gender Equality, Human Rights, the UK’s Trade Campaign and sector-specific consumer media outreach across the Consulate’s region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County, Connecticut), promoting the UK Government’s economic, prosperity and policy agenda, and the UK’s viability as a top destination for business, arts, and culture. The Deputy Head of Communication’s other core responsibility is to serve as deputy to the Head of Communications, who leads on overall general/consumer media outreach and communications strategy; thus, the Deputy will support wider media relations and communications activity around UK Government policy and activity as required. The Deputy Head of Communications will often support on media and communications logistics for major events, projects, and visits by UK ministers and senior officials. The Deputy should also work collaboratively with the digital media lead at the post, occasionally helping source content and generate creative messaging ideas.
Roles and responsibilities
- Lead on the Consulate’s policy initiatives, including but not limited to: Gender Equality, Human Rights, the UK’s Trade Campaign, and sector-specific consumer media outreach across the Consulate’s region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), promoting the UK Government’s economic, prosperity and policy agenda, and the UK’s viability as a top destination for business, arts, and culture.
- Work collaboratively with the digital media lead at the post, occasionally helping source content and generate creative messaging ideas.
- Serve as the press deputy to the Head of Communications: support wider media relations activity around UK Government policy as required, and support and perform wider communications tasks.
- Support, and occasionally lead on, media logistics for major events, projects, or visits.
- Effectively coordinate, and work in tandem, with other UK Government teams and departments, as needed.
- Develop and maintain strong industry relationships with trade and sector-specific consumer media, analysts and other influencers. Understand and follow major business or industry trends on priority business sectors for the UK government, the events driving news cycles and demonstrate the ability to spot and proactively make the most of opportunities.
- Deliver media placements for the UK Government and officials through pitching and securing media opportunities, and writing (media pitches, press releases, and advisories) and supporting cross-government campaigns.
- Create organized, strategic communications plans for area of your responsibility; build and maintain media lists for engagement.
- Draft, coordinate, and provide briefing to senior staff ahead of brokered media activity, including for the Consul General and visiting ministers and officials.
- Demonstrate strategic skills, confidence, and ability to interact face-to-face and remotely with senior staff and officials, consistently demonstrating understanding of what the UK Government trying to achieve and promote.
- Anticipate and make recommendations on matters relating to your projects and initiatives.
- Develop and execute action plans to support government announcements and initiatives; display good judgment and sound decision-making.
- A demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately, and persuasively.
- Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects from start to finish.
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills
Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.gov.uk/government/world/usa. All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work.
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.
- Bachelor’s degree with at least 2-4 years of public relations or communications experience in a government, agency, or in-house setting.
- A track record of positive media coverage, and examples of self-generated media placements.
Working Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance.
Staff recruited locally are subject to terms and conditions of service in accordance with US, state, and/or local employment law.
Individuals who are not a US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.
Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
The British Embassy is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.
This opportunity is closed to applications.