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Media Officer

£28,785 - £31,983 per annum

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As our Media Officer, you'll be responsible for developing and implementing our media plans as well as responding to journalists’ enquiries.

Key information

Position
Media Officer
Contract
Permanent, 35 hours per week
Salary
£28,785 - £31,983 per annum
Application closing date
30 Jun 2022
Interview date
TBC
Working environment

We are currently working with a hybrid working model, where there is the option of working from home combined with 4-12 days a month of working in the office.

About this role

Mental health is one of the most urgent issues facing young people today. At YoungMinds, we are leading the fight to make sure that all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. We are looking for a Media Officer to help us achieve this.

We’re looking for a Media Officer to play a key part in our press office function and collaborate with young people to develop their mental health stories for the media. This role will help to drive change by publicising our campaigns and giving a platform to rarely heard stories.

 

Pre-pandemic, the prevalence of mental health problems among young people had been steadily rising, with overstretched services trying to keep up with rising demand. Since Covid-19 hit, things have worsened quickly, with more and more young people struggling with their mental health and finding it harder and harder to access support.

You will play an important part in our media work, creating and delivering innovative media plans, often co-designed with young people, to reach a range of existing and new audiences. You will be an important contact for journalists, as well as for YoungMinds spokespeople. You will help make sure that our voice is heard by decision makers through the media, to influence the government on priorities for young people’s mental health.

Ultimately, you will understand the role strong media coverage plays in driving personal and societal change for millions of young people.

About you

To be considered for this post you will be able to demonstrate:

  • your ability to think creatively, use good news judgement and identify emerging issues
  • experience of supporting people to share sensitive stories publicly
  • how you build relationships, especially with external stakeholders like journalists, editors and producers
  • your awareness and interest in the external world and the news agenda, and ability to use that knowledge to carry out effective media activity
  • how you develop stories or media campaigns that meet the needs of different media outlets and centre the stories of people with lived experience of an issue

We welcome applications from Black and Minoritised and LGBTQ+ groups as they are currently under-represented. For more information about the role, download the job pack.

Media Officer job pack
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One of our values is: “We celebrate what makes you you – whoever you are, we welcome you and encourage you to be true to yourself”. 

If you are excited about helping us to achieve our mission, passionate about working at an organisation that puts the lived experience of young people at the heart of everything we do and want to be part of our drive to become a truly anti-racist organisation we want to hear from you.

To apply, please fill in the application form - downloadable below - and send via email to recruitment@youngminds.org.uk.

 

Download our application form
YoungMinds staff

About YoungMinds

You’ll be part of a passionate, hardworking team that cares about the work they do and you’ll be part of making a real difference to the lives of children and young people. In addition to becoming part of the YoungMinds team, you’ll get:

  • 25 days paid holiday entitlement (plus Bank Holidays)
  • three days additional leave over Christmas and New Year
  • auto-enrolment onto pension scheme where YoungMinds will match your contribution up to five per cent
  • statutory benefits such as parental leave and sick pay
  • a wide range of other health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits
  • a dedication to continued professional development, training and shared best practice
Find out more about working at YoungMinds

Our vision

  • A world where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

    We want to see a world where every young person who is struggling feels able to reach out, and has people and services around them who can really help.

More about who we are

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