Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Public Relations Officer (MCG/IE 3) (Not Vacant), on the General Establishment in the Office of His Excellency The Governor-General & Staff, salary range $1,012,403 to $1,203,430 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the position.
Under the supervision of the Press Secretary, the Public Relations Officer provides assistance in executing the communications and public relations functions of the Unit. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring posts on social media and for coordinating and uploading content on the King’s House and I Believe Initiative websites. The Public Relations Officer also assists the Public Relations Manager in ensuring that media coverage is sought and arranged for the activities of The Governor-General in order to obtain the required publicity.
- Researches and writes content for the King’s House, and the IBI websites.
- Monitors and maintains the King’s House and the IBI websites.
- Monitors social media and brings relevant trending topics to the attention of the Press Secretary and the Public Relations Manager. Assists in crafting appropriate responses and actions.
- Maintains a comprehensive media directory.
- Maintains contact with key media personnel.
- Writes/produces and distributes news and feature stories based on the activities of The Governor-General, primarily for the websites and social media accounts.
- Assists in developing print material and audio-visual productions in relation to the activities of The Governor-General.
- Organises and conducts tours of King’s House for students and other groups, and provides them with the necessary information on the history of King’s House and the sfunctions of The Governor-General.
- Conducts photographic coverage of events, ceremonies, and other functions as necessary.
- Maintains a media archive surrounding the published activities of The Governor-General and King’s House.
- Researches content and drafts content for The Governor-General’s speeches and messages.
- Provides media support for events attended or hosted by The Governor-General.
- Prepares and distributes a regular flow or media advisories to media houses for day-to-day and special functions hosted, or to be attended by The Governor-General.
- Prepares and publishes internal newsletters on King’s House activities.
- Attends courtesy calls and prepares notes and/or news releases.
- Responds to letters requesting autographs and photographs from The Governor-General.
- Liaises with the Jamaica Information Service to secure special services such as photography, multimedia projection etc.
- Performs any other job related functions as assigned by the Press Secretary.
- Attention to details.
- Able to manage client interface.
- Strong work ethics, networking skills and knows the media players.
- Exceptional communication, public speaking and writing skills.
- Able to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proficient in the use of relevant computer applications as well as social media tools and platforms.
- Excellent public speaking, presentation and editing skills.
- Goal/results oriented.
- Good knowledge of the role and function of The Governor-General.
- Excellent knowledge of the operations of King’s House.
- Good knowledge of the media landscape, and local and international current affairs.
- Excellent technical skills.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of related Government of Jamaica policies.
- Solid knowledge in the use of all types of media including: print, electronic and (on-line) social media.
- Strong knowledge of the Jamaican media landscape in order to understand influences and keep abreast of changes and trends.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
- This is an office environment with no adverse working conditions, however, the Public Relations Officer is expected to take a non-traditional approach to working hours. This means that he or she can work ten (10) to twelve (12) hour days due to the requirements of the Office, The Governor- General’s Secretary and Clerk to the Privy Council, as well as the Press Secretary.
- There can be enormous pressure when managing the deliverables and other requirements of the position.
- Travelling is required across the fourteen (14) parishes of Jamaica
- Extended working hours are expected as well as working on weekends and public holidays.
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications OR Public Relations, OR Journalism or equivalent from a recognized tertiary institution with three (3) years of progressively responsible Journalism and/or Public Relations Experience.
- A Diploma in Mass Communications or equivalent from a recognized tertiary institution with five (5) years of progressively responsible Journalism and/or Public Relations Experience.
Interested persons are invited to submit their applications, accompanied by a detailed résumé no later than Friday, the 18th August, 2017 to:
Director, Human Resource & Administration
We thank all applicants for their interest, but advise that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.