Press Officer - Part-Time - Brighton College

Brighton and Hove

Closing date: 19/02/2019

Brighton College is one of England’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex. The College comprises the Senior School, educating 1,000 pupils aged 13–18, and the Lower School, educating 100 pupils aged 11–13.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Prep School, St Christopher’s and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain and Brighton College Dubai in the UAE, and Brighton College Bangkok in Thailand.

Examination results are strong and the College is among the highest performing schools in England at GCSE and A-level. In 2018, 90.3% of grades at GCSE were at 9, 8 or 7 (equivalent to the old A* and A), whilst 99% of grades at A-level were at A*, A or B. The last five years have also been the best five for Oxbridge success in the 168-year history of the College, with 37 pupils securing offers in 2019.

The Sunday Times awarded Brighton College the title of England’s Independent School of the Year 2019, the second time in a decade the school has won this accolade. The Week magazine named Brighton College the ‘Most forward-thinking school in Britain’ for two year’s running in 2017 and 2018. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of Head Master of the Year 2012-13, and Brighton College was named UK Independent School of the Year 2013- 14 at the Independent Schools Awards.

In 2015, there was a full ISI inspection in which the College was awarded the top grade in every single category, including an ‘Exceptional’ for teaching and learning.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, a new cricket pavilion and a major sports hub on our Jubilee Ground site. Brighton has also purchased the former site of Roedean Junior School, allowing for the relocation of the Pre-Prep School, and the expansion of the College on the main site. A new boarding house opened in September 2013 in the Main Quad which, together with a new Entrance Tower completed in December 2014, completes the original Thomas Jackson designs of the 1880s. A new Music School opened in January 2016, and a new teaching block (including 22 classrooms for maths, history, economics, politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre) opened in September 2017. A new Centre for Sport and Science is under construction and is due to open in January 2020; it will include eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories, alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are delightful and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and charming.

Job Description:

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional part-time Press Officer to manage and develop Brighton College’s interface with the press, working within our busy Marketing Department.

The successful candidate will be required to research and secure new stories, write compelling press releases, set up photo-calls and generally secure positive coverage for the college in all forms of media.

The ability to write well is essential as is an enthusiasm for the education sector. Press experience is helpful but not essential. An interest in education is desirable.

 

 

 
Person Specification:

Essential Personal Characteristics:

  • Confident communicator, with the ability to build relationships both internally and externally.
  • Professional approachable manner.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ability to write clear, concise and engaging press releases on a range of different subjects.
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently.
  • Agile thinker and able to respond to opportunities quickly.
  • Ability to sell stories to the media.
  • Ability to sell stories to journalists.
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills.
  • Listening skills.
  • Numerate.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Good understanding of IT including Microsoft Office.
  • Understanding of how the media is organised.
  • Professional qualification and / or degree in a relevant subject

 

 
Key Area: Marketing/PR 13-1161.00Marketing/PR
Salary: £12,000 per annum pro rata (£30,000 FTE)
Attendance: Part-Time
 
Additional Information:

Candidates also need to provide a portfolio of 3 pieces of writing (either press or other) as evidence of their ability to write.

 
 

No agencies please

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