Press and Public Affairs Officer

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
    Mar-12-2017
  • Posted
    Feb 23

Position description

The British Consulate-General in Atlanta represents UK interests in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in such areas as trade and investment, science and innovation, supporting British people in difficulty, and press and public affairs. Further information about the British Government’s US network can be found on www.gov.uk/government/world/usa.

The Press & Public Affairs Officer will support the Head of Political, Press, and Public Affairs (PPPA) in implementing a high impact communications strategy to support the work of all teams at the Consulate. 

The PPA Officer will also develop and deliver high impact projects, events and visit programmes including associated administration and budget management. The British Consulate Atlanta PPA team is part of the British Government’s US network led by the Embassy in Washington DC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver digital media and communication strategy. This will include working closely with the Embassy communications team to implement media and communications campaigns, develop social media content, update the Consulate website and social media platforms and ensure that all online content is accurate and updated on a timely basis.
  • The organisation of visit programmes including developing content in line with UK priorities and preparing briefings for incoming VIPs.
  • The coordination of events including, building guest-lists of high-influence contacts, working with suppliers, and handling logistics.
  • Work with other British Consulates across the network to develop and deliver a strategy for engaging America’s next generation of leaders and thought leaders.
  • Where appropriate, assist the Head of PPPA with reporting and lead on thematic areas of work (e.g. death penalty, economics, climate change)
  • Respond to public enquiries, maintain information and contact databases, monitor project budgets, compile reports.

Qualifications

  • Relevant education (e.g. communications or international relations), work, or internship experience and strong writing skills. 
  • Knowledge of the political and economic make-up and trends in the South East USA. 
  • Fully versed in Microsoft Office version 7.0, Apple software, PhotoShop, and social media applications (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope).
  • Superior research skills with the ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure.
  • Excellent communications skills with a positive, creative, team attitude.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.gov.uk/government/world/usa. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  • Established press and media contacts
  • Project management training or experience

Required competencies  

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline  12 March 2017 

Grade  A2 (L)

Type of Position  Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week  40

Region  N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories

Type of Post  British Consulate General

Number of vacancies  1

Starting hourly salary (USD)  17.60

Start Date  24 April 2017 

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

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.

Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status. 

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local US employment law.

Application instructions

*Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on Globaljobs.org*

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