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We're Hiring: Communications Officer Role [20/05/21]

Contribute to the development and delivery of the communications strategy

IACP Communications Officer Job Description
Job Title: Communications Officer Reporting To Communications Supervisor Contract Term: Full-Time Permanent Job Summary: The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) is seeking to recruit a dynamic Communications Officer to join their South County Dublin based team. The Communications Officer will be responsible for assisting in managing all company public relations working closely with the Communications Supervisor, CEO, and the Executive Management Team.
Duties & Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
• Responding to queries of IACP Members.
• Contribute to the development and delivery of the communications strategy across the range of PR, the media, and lobbying activities as well as the wider stakeholder engagements of the organisation.
• Provide timely and accurate responses to media queries.
• Deliver regular member and public communications activities including the development and delivery of media releases, media briefings, photography etc.
• Support the delivery of national public engagement campaigns on behalf of the organisation including engagement with external professional agencies.
• Assist in the development, collation, and editing of the monthly members' e-newsletter, AGM booklet, Annual Report, and other publications.
• Assist in the operation of social media platforms, including the development of both member and public focused content and monitoring of social media activity.
• Support the public affairs activities of the organisation in terms of engaging with government officials, public representatives, and other key stakeholders.
• Preparation of presentation materials for the organisation for delivery to both our members and our other stakeholders at a national and international level.
• Assisting in the organisation of IACP’s attendance at various national events and conferences.
• Act as brand guardian for the IACP identity to ensure consistency across internal and external communications and documents.
• Monitoring and assessment of media coverage including updating media databases and conducting associated research.
• Management of the IACP member forums within the Basecamp platform and on the IACP social media platforms.
• Support the ongoing development of the organisation’s website, including the development of new content and design.
• Working closely with other functional areas on relevant cross-organisational projects.
• Attendance at staff meetings.
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Communications Supervisor.
(Please note that the above list is not exhaustive)
Person Specification
The Ideal Candidate (reporting to the Communications Supervisor) will have:
Essential Requirements:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a style appropriate to a range of stakeholders.
• Good working knowledge of the Irish media landscape, both on and off-line.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the Irish political system.
• Good project management skills with an ability to multitask and manage competing deadlines.
• Minimum of 2 years’ communications/media relations experience.
• Be confident in their work and can influence and negotiate.
• Be very capable of working both within a team and of their own initiative.
• Experience drafting a range of documents, submissions, and publications.
• Experience in developing and implementing external communications strategies.
• Experience with Social Media Management Tools e.g. Hootsuite
• Website Management experience
• Highly proficient in MS packages e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. and experience working with Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Video and Photo Editing (Canva, Adobe Suite) programmes would be advantageous.
Desirable Requirements:
• A relevant third level qualification is desirable.
• Experience of working within the health sector would be advantageous
• A full clean Driving Licence is advantageous
• Experience working with CRMS e.g. Salesforce
Remuneration and conditions
The person will report to the Communications Supervisor and will be based in IACP’s Head Office in Dun Laoghaire, although initially will be required to work remotely. Starting salary will be between €25,000 - €30,000 per annum depending on experience. This a full-time permanent position of 40 hours a week (including lunch). This position is subject to a six-month probationary period. Some travel and out of hours work will be required to attend events and meetings. The successful applicant must be legally allowed to work in the Republic of Ireland.
Application details
Please send a current Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter outlining why you meet the needs of this role and send it by email by 12.00 pm on 3rd June 2021 for the attention of the IACP Operations Manager to: JobVacancies@iacp.ie
Interview dates: 10th June – round 1; 16th June – round 2
IACP is an equal opportunities employer.

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