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Senior Press & Media Officer

3.6 out of 5
£29,503.50 - £31,297.50 a year - Permanent, Full-time



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  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay

Full job description

We seek a dynamic and passionate communications specialist to join our fundraising and marketing team. As a Senior Press and Media Officer you will be based in Salisbury but be able to travel to PR opportunities across our region at potentially short notice. You will play a pivotal role and be responsible for crafting and sharing the compelling stories of Alabaré and showcasing the transformational journeys of the many homeless and vulnerable individuals we support. The position involves leading efforts to increase awareness of Alabaré, our services, and our fundraising activities through various media channels, including press, radio, social media and national publications.

Alabaré are a charity supporting vulnerable, homeless and marginalised people. We help them transform their lives, providing accommodation and helping them gain the skills, confidence and opportunities to live a fulfilled life.

We value our staff and volunteers, and especially appreciate the diverse perspectives and backgrounds people bring. We invest in our people, and have excellent opportunities for learning and training. We also have excellent opportunities for development and growth.

This post is 37.5 hours per week Monday – Friday with occasional evening and weekend to cover an event.

Benefits for a Senior Press & Media Officer:

  • Annual salary of £29,503.50 rising to £31,297.50 after probation
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Double time on nominated bank holidays
  • Excellent accredited training
  • Pension
  • Paid travel time during the working day
  • Flexible working (where possible)
  • Refer a friend scheme
  • Sickness allowance (after 6 months service)

In return for this, we are looking for someone who has

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent professional experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent written communication and IT skills and previous experience in a similar role.
  • Ability and confidence to successfully pitch stories both nationally and regionally.
  • Be able to present a portfolio (or equivalent) of successful press coverage achieved.
  • Excellent Knowledge of GDPR and the law around sharing personal data.
  • Knowledge of Code of Fundraising Practice and legislation relating to fundraising.
  • Able to create paid for digital advertisements.
  • Ability to travel and represent Alabaré at external meetings.
  • Ability to work unsupervised using own initiative whilst also being a good team player.
  • Proven experience in delivering media interviews and representing organisations in the media.
  • Experience in delivering media training to others.
  • Experience in creating effective digital marketing content and campaigns.
  • Experience in using media databases to develop new relationships within the press.
  • Experience in working with internal and external contacts at all levels and maintaining relationships.
  • Experience in working to tight deadlines.
  • Experience in charity/not-for-profit/fundraising would be an advantage
  • Car driver essential with access to a road worthy vehicle and business insurance.

Alabaré are committed to ensuring the wellbeing and safety of all our service users, this includes developing, implementing and maintaining effective recruitment policies and procedures to promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Before commencing employment, the HR Department undertakes pre-employment checks on all applicants who have been offered a job with the Charity. These checks include an Enhanced DBS, which will be renewed every 3 years, the right to live and work in the UK, as well as two satisfactory references.

All staff will be required to complete training on Safeguarding Adults and Young People within their first week of employment.

Remember, reporting bad practice is good practice.

Closing date for applications 9th May 2024.

Dates for interviews: 16th and 17th May 2024

Job Types: Full time 37.5 hours per week

Annual salary: £29,503.50 rising to £31,297.50 after completing a probation period.

This is an excellent opportunity to begin your Alabaré career pathway.

Please visit our website for more information on our benefits and to download an application form.

Please note, as we expect to receive a high volume of applications for this vacancy, you are advised to submit your fully completed application at the earliest opportunity, as the closing date may be brought forward.


Please note you will be contacted by email throughout the recruitment process, so please check your emails, including your junk/spam regularly. We regret that we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 28 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £29,503.50-£31,297.50 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday


  • Working with the media: 2 years (preferred)
  • Copywriting: 1 year (required)
  • Social media management: 2 years (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 09/05/2024