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Martin and fellow South West Member of the European Parliament (and former Reuters journalist) Caroline Voaden
Communications team – two roles

Following their recent election to the European Parliament, Liberal Democrat MEPs Caroline Voaden and Martin Horwood are seeking two people to form a new media and communications team for SW England and Gibraltar.

The communications manager will be mainly responsible for devising and implementing a communications strategy and the digital media officer will be responsible for developing digital communications for the MEPs’ websites and social media channels. Both job descriptions follow below.

Both jobs will be offered on a full-time basis and located either in Bristol or home-based (depending on location)

Contracts will be dependent on the mandate of the MEPs, currently expected to last until 31 October 2019. They will be renewable dependent on Brexit negotiations, with a start date as soon as possible.  Travel around the SW region and occasional travel to Brussels may be involved.

Both positions will be working for both MEPs and work closely with other MEP team members in London and Brussels.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with two MEPs from a political party that has recently seen great gains and which has ambitious aims, although both jobs will promote the work of the MEPs and the Parliament not the party.

Start date ASAP.

Communications manager

£28,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Bristol / south west

You will have responsibility for devising and implementing a communications strategy for the SW MEPs and delivering impactful coverage in local, regional and national press. You will work with the digital media officer to ensure the MEPs are well represented in high traffic community Facebook groups across the region.

You will work for both MEPs, some coverage will be joint, some will be for one or other of the MEPs. You will also work in coordination with other comms staff in London and Brussels. Occasional travel to Brussels may be required.

Please send a covering letter and CV (maximum two pages), plus some examples of your work (attached or via links to online content) by 10am on 6 July 2019 to linda@martinhorwood.net with the subject heading “Communications Manager”.
Interviews will be held in July in Bristol.  Start date ASAP.
Key responsibilities
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the MEPs’ communication strategy and press/media relations;
  • Work in coordination with Brussels based staff;
  • Market and promote the MEPs’ work through all appropriate media outlets; 
  • Develop a good working relationship with all regional media including TV, radio, printed press and online blogs/newsletters/groups.
  • Communicate the activities of the MEPs’ existing and upcoming high-profile initiatives, projects, and visits;
  • Write engaging news articles/website posts about the MEPs’ work, and relevant EU policy developments;
  • Draft, edit and deliver press releases and other relevant materials for regional, national and international media outlets as well as online groups/sites;
  • Review main regional media (traditional and online) and provide a brief summary with relevant links, plus longer weekly summary/round-up on issues relevant to our campaigns;
  • Secure interviews with media outlets;
  • Proofread and edit documents written by team members and improve their readability;
  • Prepare oral and written presentations, speeches, talking points for events and interviews;·        
  • Proactively increase positive media presence of the MEPs by generating and selling-in stories and features to digital, specialist and political media;
  • Build a newsletter subscriber list;
  • Draft and disseminate newsletters once approved by MEPs and deal with responses and replies;
  • Help to coordinate high-level events (conferences, hearings, panel discussions) with multiple stakeholders, managing communications around the event (social media, reports, outcomes messaging);
  • Create media content in collaboration with other UK delegation MEPs, allied groups, and other partners as directed by the MEP;
  • Line manage the MEPs’ digital media officer.
Skills and experience
  • University degree in communications or equivalent experience, preferably in a political context;
  • Minimum of two years professional experience in communications, editing or events management;
  • Ability to create quality, engaging content and highlights from reports and initiatives, including press releases and press conferences;
  • Demonstrable experience in writing papers, reports, publications, and presentations;
  • Rock solid grasp of written and spoken English and ability to write a killer press release that will grab the attention of the most bored newsdesk;
  • Other EU languages such as French will be considered strong assets;
  • Communication style that is culturally aware of communication approaches across different member states;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and of electronic databases and web sites;
  • Knowledge of European institutions, political groups, and policies.
Specific personal competencies
  • A commitment to the principles, aims and objectives of the Liberal Democrats;
  • A dynamic, highly-organised individual with sound political judgement and who thrives in a fast-paced and often pressured environment;
  • A thorough understanding of the current political media environment, and political issues;
  • Able to demonstrate excellent media handling skills;
  • Proven organisational skills and capacity to deliver on allocated tasks and respond in a timely manner to deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills, showing discretion, diplomacy, and tolerance;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • Able and willing to take initiative and comfortable working remotely;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Positive, constructive, can-do attitude;
  • Ability to start straight away an advantage.
Digital Media Officer

£25,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Bristol / south west

You will have responsibility for developing digital communications products for the MEPs, with a focus on planning and managing content for their websites and social media channels.  Some content will be shareable, some will be individual to either Caroline or Martin.

You will create engaging campaigns to serve their strategy and activities and will help manage their profiles on social media. This may include day-to-day maintenance of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts (or some of the above), posting original content and engaging with users.

You will ensure the MEPs are at the forefront of digital campaigning.  You will be adept at using digital analytics to measure and report on the performance of social and other online content, and to devise strategies to improve the MEPs’ online presence, engagement and web traffic.  Experience of using social media in a political context is desired.

Please send a covering letter and CV (maximum two pages), plus some examples of your work (attached or via links to online content) by 10:00 on 6 July 2019 to linda@martinhorwood.net with the subject heading “Digital Media Officer”.
Interviews will be held in July in Bristol.
Start date ASAP.
Key responsibilities
  • Produce engaging website and social media posts about the MEP’s work, and relevant EU policy developments;
  • Create attention-grabbing, interesting content that will engage users;
  • Generate and edit video content to post to all platforms in a timely manner;
  • Create graphics and infograms for social media platforms;
  • Follow the work of the ALDE group in the European Parliament and create content to promote that work in an engaging and interesting way;
  • Use digital analytics to measure and report on the performance of social and other online content, and to devise strategies to improve the MEP’s online presence, engagement and web traffic;
  • Have inspired ideas about how to reach the ‘soft Leavers’ and undecideds with pro-EU content to help change hearts and minds;
  • Create media content in collaboration with other delegation MEPs, allied groups, and other partners as directed by the MEPs;
  • Follow other related social media channels and responding with relevant content and responses from the MEPs;
  • Create, update and maintain the MEPs’ websites.
Skills and experience:
  • Proven experience of digital communications, preferably in a political context;
  • Proven ability to create quality and engaging content from reports and political initiatives which could at first glance make quite heavy reading;
  • A strong understanding of website design, digital project management, analytics, digital marketing and targeting and social media engagement;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, either native or equivalent level. Other EU languages such as French will be considered strong assets;
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office, electronic databases, CMS, social media platforms, digital content creation tools;
  • Knowledge of European institutions, political groups and policies a definite bonus.
Specific personal competencies
  • A commitment to the principles, aims and objectives of the Liberal Democrats;
  • A dynamic, highly-organised individual with sound political judgement who thrives in a fast-paced and often pressured environment;
  • A thorough understanding of the current political media environment and political issues, particularly those surrounding Brexit;
  • Proven organisational skills and capacity to deliver allocated tasks in a timely manner to deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills across cultural boundaries, showing discretion, diplomacy and tolerance;
  • Excellent presentation skills;
  • Able and willing to take initiative and comfortable working remotely;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Positive, constructive, can-do attitude;
  • Ability to start straight away an advantage.
Please send a covering letter and CV (maximum two pages), plus some examples of your work (attached or via links to online content) by 10:00 on 13 July 2019 to linda@martinhorwood.net with the subject heading “Digital Media Officer”.
Interviews will be held on 19 July in Bristol.
Start date ASAP.