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Press and Social Media Officer WCC242825

Job Details:

Salary range:  £26,544 - £29,544 per annum 
Work location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 6QP
Hours per week:  36
Contract type:  Permanent
Closing date: 15 December 2021
Contact details for an informal discussion: James Dunstan, Director of Communications via email; jdunstan@westminster.gov.uk or Stacy Cunningham via email; scunningham@westminster.gov.uk

About Us:



Innovation and Change in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories.
Where people use their vision and commitment to open doors for the next generations


Nothing beats the feeling of helping someone find their passion. At Westminster City Council, our City Lions team helps young local people engage with culture, creativity and dreams. When they came across a lonely, isolated 16-year-old who called himself a failure, they knew what to do. They worked 1-2-1 to find the thing this boy really loved. YouTube, it turned out. But it’s impossible to turn that into a career, right? Wrong. A week later, he was enrolled on the British Film Institute film-making programme. It was the ultimate light-bulb moment. And it turned him into what he is today - a budding Spielberg with the world of opportunity at his feet.

The Role:

As our Press and Social Media Officer, you can make your own powerful contribution. You’ll play a key support role in enhancing our reputation as an innovative, outstanding local authority. That means delivering a high-quality, accurate service to cabinet members and journalists, leading on media monitoring, drafting our responses and analysing our effectiveness as a department. 


In turn, you’ll be supporting our vision for a ‘City for All’, where all our residents can live in a borough that enriches their lives and helps fulfil their potential.


You’ll find ways to push innovation within the team and take a proactive role in adopting new ideas. Building effective relationships with journalists, Members and officers is also an important part of the role.


Please refer to the Job Description for more information

About You:

You’ll need experience in a press/social media communications role, and experience in delivering content for social channels. You’ll be able to remain calm under pressure and deliver high-quality, accurate communications to demanding deadlines.  


You’ll have a good awareness of news, press and social media, combined with excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. You’ll be able to build effective relationships across the council and beyond, and be able to quickly grasp complex issues.


A relevant degree or equivalent is essential.

What We Offer:

Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people working here every day. Our mission is to create city for all. We’re an organisation that wants the very best for our residents: a supportive and safe environment, the chance to grow and learn throughout their lives, to build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, to have access to high-quality, affordable housing and to retire into the community with dignity and pride.


We want Westminster to be a place you can make the most of your talents and thrive as an individual. That’s why we’re proud to have won Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative in the 2020/21 Business Culture Awards. By being the best you can be, you’ll help us adapt to the changing needs of our organisation and communities. 


At Westminster City Council, we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve, and we believe everyone is valued. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. We’re committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can succeed. We value diversity and appreciate that people work in different ways. So, as a Timewise employer we work to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best, that is the Westminster Way.




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