Media Relations Officer
Country / Territory
Corporate Headquarters
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Payband: 7 Location: London Contract type: Indefinite Contract Department: Strategy and Engagement Closing date 14th January 2019 at 23:59 UK Time. Candidates must have the right to in the UK to be considered for the role.
Please note – the London office will move to 1 Redman Place, Stratford, E20 in 2020

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Last year we reached over 75 million people face to face and more than 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications.

This role is in Communications, which leads global strategy and plans across internal and change communications, media and PR, crisis communications, events management and digital communications. 

Role Purpose:
This role is part of the team that delivers the external media strategy, promoting and maintaining the British Council’s reputation through the media. Working to the Senior Media Relations Officer this role devises creative proactive PR approaches for UK broadcast, print, digital and social media, particularly for language learning.  This role also offers reputation management support to a network of international colleagues.

Main opportunities/challenges in this role:
To develop, implement and evaluate proactive PR campaigns positioning the British Council in the UK national and key education sector media to build awareness, understanding and engagement 
To work collaboratively with colleagues including cultural engagement teams in London and  colleagues based in other countries.
To manage potential reputational risks calmly and professionally on behalf of the British Council and the UK’s international relations

What require of the successful candidate: 
Demonstrable experience of proactive media relations or content creation to support business objectives
Experience of developing relationships with high-profile journalists across print, digital and broadcast media, and working with them to deliver impactful coverage.
Experience of working with communications teams in partner organisations on joint projects to ensure that all partners achieve their communications objectives on a shared project.
Editorial judgement
An ability to identify and give guidance on managing reputational risks 
Experience of training and guiding senior colleagues and creative specialists on working with the media and interviews.


For further information, please see the documents below.

British Council Behaviours.pdf
Core Skills.doc
Role Profile.doc



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all communities, including applicants seeking to job share. If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 14 January 2019 (23:59)


Our Equality Commitment:

Diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.