Senior Communications Officer






£31,371 Per Annum



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MPA Recruitment, on behalf of our Housing Association client have been appointed to recruit a Senior Communications Officer based in their Head office in Derry-Londonderry. This is a full time temporary 9-month contract, the salary is £31,371per annum pro rata, this role offers excellent career opportunity.

Your New Role

This exciting post will give the right candidate the opportunity to manage in-house communications and take responsibility for developing and delivering communication plans to maintain reputation, raise the Association profile and maximize opportunities to build the brand.

Main duties

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association’s media relations including handling incoming media enquiries and preparing media statements to promote and protect the reputation of the Association.
  • Responsible for building, maintaining, and developing relationships with journalists and other relevant communications and media contacts.
  • Lead in the identification of key target audiences and messages, select the appropriate media, monitor impact, respond, and evaluate feedback for on-going improvement.
  • Manage reputational risk to the organisation through proactive and reactive media relations. Work with PR Consultants in co-ordinating responses in a crisis situation.
  • Maximise opportunities to enhance the profile of the Association by pitching stories to local media and publications.
  • Prepare media commentary and press releases, finding new and future stories to maximise the work of the Association.
  • Liaise with and brief photographers and video production companies to effectively illustrate the work of the Association.
  • Implement Association’s Communications Strategy.
  • Provide professional communications advice to SMT, managers and staff on the communication implications of Association activity.
  • Support SMT, managers and employees in identifying communications opportunities and develop appropriate communications plans to support the delivery of their objectives.
  • Manage Association’s online channels of communication (websites and social media) including the timely drafting of high-quality content and the production of attractive graphics and images.
  • Lead the management of internal staff communication, in particular the creation and distribution of Associations monthly staff e-zine.
  • Provide regular performance monitoring reports to SMT (media coverage, website traffic, etc).
  • Lead in the co-ordination and production of corporate publications/Liaise with advertising agencies, designers, and printers.
  • Assist with proof reading, copy writing, editing copy and information collection.
  • Co-ordinate all marketing, advertising, and promotional activities in line with approved business plans and budgets and demonstrate their impact
  • Organise and manage corporate events and advise on event planning to ensure communication of key messages and appropriate brand values.
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations/video clips for events/conferences etc.Assist with Tenders

What you’ll need to exceed

The essential criteria for the post requires,

  • A third level qualification in a marketing related subject+ 2 years’ experience in a similar communications and marketing role
  • or educated to A-level standard or equivalent+5 years’ experience in a similar communications and marketing role
  • Experience of implementing marketing and communication strategies and the production of marketing and communication materials.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing content for websites and utilising social media in a marketing capacity.
  • Experience of dealing with advertising, PR/ communication briefs.A track record of proven delivery, demonstrating both creative and analytical skills. 
  • An understanding of digital marketing practice.   
  • Excellent level of IT literacy to include proficiency in Microsoft Office packages.   
  • Ability to write articles for press and print and digital media.  
  • Experience of using web content management systems and online e-zine systems.     Experience of using online graphic design tools    
  • Experience of using effective file management on file sharing platforms

This is not an opportunity to be missed, to apply please send an updated copy of your CV to or call Brenda in the strictest of confidence to discuss further and/or request a full job description/Specification on 02871360070.