Friends of the Earth Job Vacancy: Press Officer, London – United Kingdom


Posting Job


January 2, 2020

Expired Job


January 12, 2020




Job title: Press Officer

Reporting to: Media Manager

Team: Media

Career stage: Grade E

Contract type: Fixed Term Contract-6mths

Location: London

Line management: N/A

Purpose of the role

We’re looking for an experienced press officer on a fixed term contract for a period of 6 months. As part of a small team responsible for Friends of the Earth’s press and media work, you will use your media and digital publicity skills to deliver high-quality, high-impact media coverage which helps to achieve a better, safer, flourishing environment and elevates Friends of the Earth’s campaigns and brand.

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Develop media campaigns which help to achieve campaign success and promote Friends of the Earth’s activities, partnerships and brand
  • Deliver a broad range of high quality and targeted media coverage in a range of different media including online, print and broadcast with an eye to making new relationships and targeting non-traditional outlets
  • Day-to-day duties include writing press releases, comment pieces, quotes and other copy as required to a high standard
  • Write briefings and prepare spokespeople ahead of interviews and events
  • Respond to press enquiries and build and maintain relationships with journalists
  • Monitor and evaluate press coverage – including producing round-ups and reports to share progress and success internally
  • Be prepared to work flexibly out-of-hours where necessary and be part of the out-of-hours on-call press rota

Person specification


  • Solid experience working in a busy press office or agency and responding to media requests
  • Can demonstrate innovative and creative publicity ideas that have achieved high-quality coverage and real-world impact
  • Ability to turn complex issues or causes into news stories in a simple and engaging way
  • Ability to demonstrate judgement on reputational risk or negative news stories
  • Confident writing skills for different types of media, audiences, and communications channels
  • Able to prioritise competing priorities, work to tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure
  • Experience of working on cross-channel communications campaigns, with the knowledge of how to link media with social, digital, supporter, and other communications to amplify impact
  • Demonstratable experience of selling in confidently when building relationships with journalists, or building on your existing network of journalist contacts


  • Knowledge of, or interest in, environmental issues especially climate change

This job description is current as at the date shown above. In consultation with the post-holder it is liable to variation by the Director to reflect or anticipate changes, in, or to, the post and the organisation.

The job description gives an overview of the main responsibilities of the role. The day to day role will also involve any other duties and responsibilities, express and implied, which arise from the nature and character of the post.

Closing Date: 12 January 2020

Apply at Online: CLICK HERE 

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