News and Media Specialist - £33,502 p.a. + on-call allowance and £4,865 MPS+ benefits

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Who are we looking for?


The successful candidate will have in depth knowledge and significant experience of working in a busy press office / media environment in a large, complex, expert organisation, including, ability to plan and react to fast-breaking news stories. You will have a good understanding of what drives reputation, with a demonstrable experience of delivering successful news and media strategies to deliver business objectives.

With first class written, editorial, social media engagement and oral communications skills and a strong, proven understanding of what makes a good news story and interesting, accessible content you will be able to develop good working relationships and influence journalists and senior managers, dealing with conflict and challenge in a calm, measured way. In addition, you will have experience of evaluating traditional media content and social media to assess performance and inform business decisions.

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please read our Job Description and Person Specification!

Closing Date: 10th October 2022

Interview Date: 18th October 2022

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The selection process: 

We use the Civil Service Success Profiles to assess our candidates, find out more here

  • Online application form, including questions based on the Behaviour, Experience and Technical Success Profiles. Please ensure all application questions are completed in full; your application may not be considered if any responses are left blank. Our applications are CV blind, and our Hiring Managers will not be able to access your CV when reviewing your application. 
  • Interview, which can include questions based on the Behaviour, Experience, Technical and Strengths Success Profiles. 
  • Presentation, to be prepared as part of your interview, with further information being supplied when you reach this stage. 

Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role.

If you require any disability related adjustments at any point during the process, please contact as soon as possible.   

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Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check as well as animal rights and pro-life activism checks. People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Any move to the MHRA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here.

Successful candidates may be subject to annual Occupational Health reviews dependent on role requirements. If you have any queries, please contact

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should firstly contact Mira Mepa, Head of Recruitment and Operations,  

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: 

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