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We are excited to annouce that we are now hiring for our new Public Affairs Officer! 

  • Contract: 1 year with possibility of renewal 
  • Salary: £31,000 (FTE)
  • Hours: Full time
  • Accountable to: Director of CLASS
  • Location: Negotiable, however regular attendance in London once the office reopens is essential (transport costs will not be covered)
  • Holidays: Pro rata equivalent of 30 days per annum + bank holidays 

About the role:

The Public Affairs Officer will be responsible for all activities relating to building CLASS’s profile, as well as strengthening its relationships within the union movement and wider civil society. Working with the Director and our team of researchers, the Public Affairs Officer will lead CLASS’s media work, work with our researchers in order to hold and run promotional events, and take the lead in our network building work. CLASS is looking for someone with a thorough understanding of the media, who is highly organised and is good at forming and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.

Description

Develop an effective media strategy 

  • Work with the Director and team members to develop a national media strategy
  • Establish and maintain relations with the media and key journalists to raise awareness of the work of the Centre 
  • Maintain and develop a comprehensive database of media contacts across a range of policy areas
  • Support the Director in appearing in print, broadcast and online media
  • Monitor parliamentary activity and develop a calendar of key dates 
  • Maintain an awareness of current affairs and upcoming events CLASS may need to respond to

Brief the press on the work of CLASS and deal with enquiries

  • Act as the primary contact for press enquiries
  • Draft press releases and follow up with key outlets and journalists
  • Edit and draft articles and blogs
  • Identify salient points in CLASS publications and ensure messages are widely disseminated 
  • Ensure publicity in national and regional media for CLASS events

Develop Class’s online communications

  • Work with the Director to deliver a full re-design of the CLASS website
  • Alongside other members of staff, regularly update and maintain the CLASS website
  • Source and edit copy for the CLASS website
  • Regularly update CLASS’s Facebook and Twitter accounts

Event organising

  • Organise and run events to promote CLASS
  • Organise and run events at trade union and party conferences
  • Work closely with all staff members at CLASS to lead the delivery of our annual conference

Outreach

  • Work with the Director to develop a map of contacts across the union movement working regionally, nationally and on key issues
  • Support relationships between unions and wider civil society organisations where there are opportunities for organising around shared interests
  • Work with CLASS’s researchers to develop and support an outreach strategy from the outset of each project

Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write copy for a range of audiences and formats based on complex content e.g. press releases, blogs, articles, scripts and website content
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision to prioritise a busy workload
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to organise and assist with events.
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office, G Suite and CMS skills essential)
  • Interest in politics, UK public policy and the labour movement and a commitment to the values of Class

Desirable:

  • Experience of working across the labour movement
  • Experience of campaigning

We especially welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; women; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGTBQIA; and people from working-class backgrounds.

To request an application pack, please email admin@classonline.org.uk. Please return the completed form by 5 pm on Monday 12 July with the subject heading Public Affairs Officer. If you have any queries regarding this position or would like to speak to the Director of CLASS, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, about the role, please email admin@classonline.org.uk

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