Communications Officer - Belfast

Communications Officer

Temporary / Full time

37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9-5pm

Salary: Negotiable

Bond Search and Selection are working in partnership with their client, a large public services provider to recruit a communications officer to work within their office based in Belfast.

The successful candidate will possess at least two years in a public relations role and will be able to demonstrate their experience of media handling, and the delivery of PR plans.

The individual will be well organised, articulate and able to use own initiative to prioritise a busy workload including numerous projects at any one time. The role is temporary for 6 months initially with the possibility of extension.

The essential criteria for this role are;

  • At least two years’ experience working in a public relations role.

  • An understanding of the HSC, its structure and main issues, including how the wider health system works including the DoH, HSCB and Trusts.          

  • Experience of media handling and good knowledge of news environment and current affairs.

  • Experience of creating and delivering PR plans. Experience of organising PR events and

    photo calls.

  • Experience of writing press releases to a high standard and generating content for print and electronic publication.

  • Experience of developing and delivering internal communications – bulletins, events, newsletters, online forums, etc.

  • Experience of operating in a sensitive and political environment, able to respond rapidly briefing requests for senior staff and elected representatives.

  • Experience of digital communications, including web development.

  • Experience of using social media such as Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

  • Evidence of excellent, written communication skills. Experience to include press releases, briefings, newsletters, case study and report writing.

  • Experience of website content management. Experience of devising and undertaking multi-

  • Channelled communications plans, tailoring

  • Messages to different audiences.

  • Able to prioritise a busy workload including numerous projects at any one time.

  • Knowledge and appreciation of HSC, and public sector values and governance.

  • Able to lead other team members effectively and work as a team member.

  • Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines, managing a variety of media opportunities and communications tasks.

  • Effective negotiation and diplomacy skills

Essential skills

  • Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to adapt to the relevant audience

  • Proactive and energetic approach – ability to work on their own using initiative with minimum supervision

  • Ability to remain calm and confident in difficult situations and deal with assertive journalists and senior staff and stakeholders

  • Delegate work accordingly and appropriately

Desirable Criteria

  • At least one year’s experience working in a public relations role within the HSC.

  • Experience of operating within a government department or arm’s length organisation.

  • Experience of developing communications planning across all channels.

  • Educated to degree level in communications/PR/ journalism or similar.

  • Experience of delivering presentations on relevant topics to a range of audiences.

  • Knowledge of the media, its mechanism for working, codes of conduct and good working practices.

  • Knowledge and appreciation of health improvement and protection issues

  • Experience of managing a team.

  • Ability to work under pressure in a busy environment.


If you would like more information on this role you can apply via the link provided and one of the team will be in touch.

As a corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), Bond Search & Selection operates as both an Employment Agency and Employment Business. We adhere to all relevant legislation and offer services regardless of age, race, sex, disability or religious belief.

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Rachael Stewart
02890 339968

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