About the job
Chances are, government media officers are behind many of the news stories you have read, retweeted or blogged about today.
Working in a media team for the Government Communication Service (GCS) is an exciting and inspiring opportunity that will both challenge and develop you as a professional communicator.
You will be operating at the very heart of government, dealing with and helping to shape news coverage on issues that affect everyday lives.
As a media officer you could be working closely with Ministers, Secretaries of State and senior leaders in a fast paced and exciting environment.
Working in a busy media team, you will work on some of the biggest social, economic, political and security challenges facing the UK today with the opportunity to work in both large-scale government departments and operational front line organisations.
As part of central government, it is our job to help tackle the challenges our country faces and build a Britain that is fit for the future, creating a country with a stronger economy and a fairer society.
Our work reaches audiences as diverse as families, young people, older people, businesses, charities and international governments.
In the last year alone:
• Media officers from the Home Office led the government communications response to the terror attacks in Manchester and London, working closely with the police and others to get potentially life-saving information to the public quickly, including details of threat level changes, the increased presence of the army in public places and support available for victims.
• The Department for Transport media team produced a crisis communications campaign for the collapse of Monarch Air – communicating with tens of thousands of passengers stranded abroad, while also responding to journalists from across the world and launching one of the UK’s biggest programmes to get people home.
• The MoD, DFID and the FCO teams worked together to showcase the government’s swift and effective response to Hurricanes Irma and Katrina, which hit the Caribbean, including British Overseas Territories. This included planning and accompanying media on visits by the Foreign and International Development Secretaries to the region and the arrival of HMS Ocean, carrying UK aid.
• Defra media office planned the launch of a consultation on banning the sale of ivory in the UK, protecting the world’s elephants from being poached for their tusks. Working with national, international and specialist media and creating exciting and shareable digital content led to Defra receiving around 60,000 responses - one of the highest numbers on record.
We are creating a first class communications profession in government to support awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society.
As the professional body for specialist communicators, the GCS will help hone and develop your skills and open up a world of opportunities for you to advance your career. We challenge you to seize that opportunity and see what you can give.
For more information on the role and the application process please see the Candidate Information Pack below.
Further information can be found in the new GCS Handbook via https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/about-us/gcs-handbook/
More information on the work of GCS Media Officers can be found via the hyperlink in the Further Information section
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Why do you want to work in Government Communications?
- What knowledge, skills and experience will you bring to the role?
- When have you delivered a piece of work/project to a tight deadline and how was this successful?
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration
requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV
The competencies should be no more than 250 words.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code
sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
If you have any questions about the role or application process, please contact -
Please include the vacancy reference number and job title 'Media Officer' in the subject line.
Sift/interview dates and location
The sift will take place on Tuesday 27th February.
The assessment centre will be held between Monday 12th and Friday 23rd March (candidates will receive 5 days notice of their invitation to the assessment centre)
The matching event for successful candidates will be Wednesday 4th April.
Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview. Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
We are committed to interviewing all applicants with a disability who provide evidence of meeting the minimum requirements necessary for the post, as set out in this applicant pack.
To be eligible, your disability must be within the definition laid down in the Equality Act 2010. A disabled person is defined by the Equality Act 2010 as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities. For the purposes of this policy, these words have the following meanings:
• ‘substantial’ means more than minor or trivial
• ‘long-term’ means that the effect of the impairment has lasted, or is likely to last,12 months (there are special rules covering recurring or fluctuating conditions)
• ‘normal day-to-day activities’ include everyday things like eating, washing, walking and going shopping.
More information on the work of GCS Media Officers can be found via the hyperlink below;