Vacancy: Communications Executive

This is a great opportunity to join a ground-breaking organisation at an exciting point in its development. IMPRESS is the first press regulator in the UK to be externally recognised as independent and effective, giving publishers the freedom to report hard-hitting stories and the responsibility to behave fairly if complaints are made against them.

IMPRESS’s growing membership already includes more than 80 news publications from hyperlocals to international investigative platforms. They publish a wide range of community news, investigative reporting and political commentary. They are an important part of the future of the news media, at a time of crisis over ‘fake news’ and collapsing business models elsewhere in the media.

The Communications Executive will be responsible for contributing to IMPRESS’s successful communications across a range of platforms, including press, broadcast, social media and events.

We aim to play a positive role in the age of digital media, supporting publishers and their audiences. The Communications Executive will be at the forefront of our activities, building our relationships with key audiences among publishers, policymakers and civil society organisations.

This is an excellent and challenging opportunity for an individual with experience of communications to join a new, ambitious and fast developing organisation. The position is based in IMPRESS’s smart new offices in the heart of London, within a short walk of Blackfriars Underground Station. The post holder will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Building and maintaining constructive working relationships with key stakeholders identified in the organisation’s communications strategy
  • Building and maintaining constructive working relationships with media reporters in the press and broadcast media
  • Drafting press releases and contacting journalists in the press and broadcast media with a view to ensuring fair and accurate coverage of IMPRESS’s activities
  • Managing IMPRESS’s social media channels with a view to building support for IMPRESS among key audiences identified in the communications strategy
  • Devising and managing events, such as training events, workshops and roundtable meetings, with a view to building support for IMPRESS among key stakeholders and audiences identified in the communications strategy
  • Managing the organisation’s annual Trust in Journalism Conference
  • Ensuring that messaging across IMPRESS’s communications activities is in line with the frames and messages set out in the communications strategy
  • Liaising effectively with web designers and developers to manage the development of the IMPRESS website
  • Taking lead responsibility for producing an annual report, regular newsletters and email communications with key audiences
  • Supporting the CEO, COO and Board members in their function as ambassadors for the organisation – for example, accompanying them to media interviews
  • Any other duties reasonably requested by the COO

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Strong academic track record in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully delivering a media campaign
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully delivering a social media campaign
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully managing events
  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrable high levels of integrity
  • Demonstrable commitment to the aims and objectives of IMPRESS
  • Demonstrable resilience and ability to work under pressure

Desirable Criteria

  • Understanding of the environment in which IMPRESS is operating
  • Demonstrable experience of managing communications in a small organisation
  • Experience in the NGO/charity/campaigns sector


Location:                    IMPRESS, 16-18 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AG
Salary:                         £30,000
Hours:                         Monday to Friday, 09:00–17:30 with 1hr lunch, 37.5hrs per week
Reporting to:            Chief Operating Officer
Contract:                    Full time, permanent
Closing date:             Midday on 12th February


To apply for this role, please email your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for this job to with the subject line "Communications Executive".

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