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11OCT - Communications Coordinator - British Consulate General New York - Deadline: 20OCT

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Organization Description
The British Consulate General in New York City represents the UK government in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County in Connecticut.

Our services involve handling a wide range of political, commercial, cultural, security and economic interests to the UK and our region. We also provide consular assistance to British nationals who live in or visit our area of coverage.

Job Description
The British Consulate General New York seeks an enthusiastic, proactive, results-driven Communications Coordinator with, ideally, 3-5 years of public relations or communications experience to join our Press and Public Affairs department.

Reporting to and working closely with the Vice Consul for Communications, the Communications Coordinator will personally lead on the Consulate’s trade, business-to-business (B2B), and sector-specific consumer media outreach across the Consulate’s region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), promoting the UK Government’s economic and prosperity agenda, and the UK’s viability as a top destination for business, arts, and culture.

The Communications Coordinator’s other core responsibility is to serve as deputy to the Vice Consul for Communications, who leads on overall general/consumer media outreach and communications strategy; thus, the Coordinator will support wider media relations and communications activity around UK Government policy and activity as required. The Communications Coordinator will often support on media and communications logistics for major events, projects, and visits by UK ministers and senior officials.

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package.  This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The salary for this position is $49,504 annualized. Actual salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Location – 845 Third Avenue, New York NY

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead on the Consulate’s trade, business-to-business (B2B), and sector-specific consumer media outreach across the Consulate’s region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Fairfield County), promoting the UK Government’s prosperity agenda and viability as a top destination for business.
  • Develop and maintain strong industry relationships with trade and sector-specific consumer media, analysts and other influencers. Understand and follow major business or industry trends on priority business sectors for the UK government, the events driving news cycles and demonstrate the ability to spot and proactively make the most of opportunities.
  • Serve as the press deputy to the Vice Consul for Communications: support wider media relations activity around UK Government policy as required, and support and perform wider communications tasks.
  • Support, and occasionally lead on, on media logistics for major events, projects, or visits.
  • Effectively coordinate, and work in tandem, with other UK Government teams and departments, as needed.
  • Deliver media placements for the UK Government and officials through pitching and securing media opportunities, and writing (media pitches, press releases, and advisories) and supporting cross-government campaigns.
  • Create organized, strategic communications plans for area of your responsibility; build and maintain media lists for engagement.
  • Draft, coordinate, and provide briefing to senior staff ahead of brokered media activity, including for the Consul General and visiting ministers and officials.
  • Demonstrate strategic skills, confidence, and ability to interact face-to-face and remotely with senior staff and officials, consistently demonstrating understanding of what the UK Government trying to achieve and promote.
  • Anticipate and make recommendations on matters relating to your projects and initiatives.
  • Develop and execute action plans to support government announcements and initiatives; display good judgment and sound decision-making.
  • Effectively coordinate, and work in tandem, with other UK Government teams and departments, as needed.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3-5 years of public relations or communications experience in a government, agency, or in-house setting.
  • A track record of positive media coverage, and examples of self-generated media placements
  • Strong command of the English language, with attention to detail and excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills. A demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately, and persuasively.
  • Fluency and familiarity with core social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope) to facilitate collaborative activities and for occasional support of team’s digital media officer.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects from start to finish. Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • A demonstrated ability to deliver results.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • An enthusiastic and creative mindset.
  • Must be proactive and flexible, and a team player able to work in a fluid environment with changing priorities
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required (primarily for events or visits). Occasional regional travel may be required.
  • Keen interest in the UK and international affairs.

How to Apply
Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted by 20 October 2016. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Consulate General. Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying.

Please apply online at https://fco.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/xf-afba49b0f43c/candidate/so/pm/4/pl/1/opp/1567-Communications-Coordinator/en-GB.

Deadline – October 20th, 2016