At Lex Consultancy, we are sourcing on behalf of our client, the Health and Safety Authority to recruit a Press & Communications Officer for their offices in Dublin 1.
This post is being offered on a permanent full time basis, subject to the satisfactory completion of a probationary period. This is a specialist position and will be offered at HEO level, with a starting salary of €48,028.
Note: Different terms & conditions may apply if immediately before appointment, you are a currently serving public/civil servant.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has overall responsibility for the administration and enforcement of health and safety at work in Ireland. They monitor compliance with legislation at the workplace and can take enforcement action (up to and including prosecutions). The HSA are the national centre for information and advice to employers, employees and self-employed on all aspects of workplace health and safety.
The HSA also promotes education, training and research in the field of health and safety.
The successful candidate will working closely with the Head of Communications & Customer Relations and the CEO and will have responsibility for a wide range of communications activity but in particular; media and press relations, events and publications.
Essential requirements for Press & Communications Officer:
- A third level qualification (minimum requirement Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent) in public relations, marketing communications, journalism or a related discipline
- A minimum of 3 years relevant experience
- Experience of effectively utilising public relations/ communications tools and techniques including media relations (traditional & digital)
In addition, it is desirable to have experience in event management and print/publication management. The nature of this role will require flexibility on working hours and availability for media queries outside of the standard working day and on weekends as needed. A willingness to travel is part of this role. A full, clean driving licence is required
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with journalists and act as the main point of contact for all media queries to the Authority, including outside of standard office hours.
- Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including employer and employee representative bodies.
- Plan, draft and disseminate targeted press releases and undertake appropriate actions to maximise their coverage.
- Identify and manage media opportunities, including photo calls and other PR activity, for relevant staff and provide guidance/advice as needed.
- React in a rapid and effective manner to crisis situations as and when they occur in order to minimise negative media coverage and ensure the Authority’s position is clearly communicated and understood.
- Develop and maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with Government/Department staff including private secretaries and press officers.
- Draft speech material and briefing notes for Minister(s) and Senior Executives as required.
- Plan and manage the logistics of Authority events, seminars and conferences, ensuring professional standards are met. There are a number of events that require travel within Ireland.
- Ensure all Authority publications are produced in a professional manner and adhere to corporate identity and plain English guidelines, including print/publication management.
Skills & Competencies required:
- Structures and organises their own work effectively in addition to planning and organising resources and people in order to meet objectives within agreed timescales.
- Ability to make sound and realistic decisions about different work situations and provide practical and well considered solutions.
- Ability to lead, motivate and develop staff and ensure that you and your team contributes effectively and efficiently to the Programme of Work and Statement of Strategy.
- Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication style appropriate to audience and situation.
- Presents persuasive arguments and plans how to influence others to achieve desired outcomes
- Ability to work effectively and co-operatively with others.
- Demonstrates commitment to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction.
The post is open to candidates who are eligible to work in Ireland as a result of EEA citizenship or hold other necessary employment permits.
How to apply:
The closing date for applications will be at 17:00 hrs, Tuesday, 15th January 2019.
Please note, interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday & Thursday, 23rd & 24th January 2019.
If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please send a copy of your CV and Cover Letter via the enclosed link to Jo Mc Andrew. A full job specification is available upon request.
Salary Scale: Class A PRSI
(persons recruited to the public sector since 6th April 1995)
The salary scales are €48,028, €49,432, €50,832, €52,233, €53,638, €55,040, €56,441, and €58,466 after 3 years satisfactory service at the maximum of the scale and €60,486 after 6 years satisfactory service at the maximum of the scale.