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Regional Press & PR Officer – South East, PB5, Godstone/Dorking

Summary Information for vacancy - reference HA/08/10/EXT


Highways Agency


£30166 - £34557 Per Annum


Surrey, South East

Closing Date

19 April 2010

Interviews start

11 May 2010




Not specified

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time,Part time,Job share

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Press Relations

Brief Description

The Press and PR team forms part of the Communications group, which also includes a central marketing team and internal communications team. The purpose of this role is to promote the work of the Highways Agency, dealing with media enquiries and develop media handling plans to improve the public’s understanding of the Agency’s work, in line with the overarching Highways Agency Communications Strategy and annual communications plan.
The post holder will be expected to deliver professional, high-quality communications to media and stakeholders, to achieve balanced and accurate coverage and build wider public understanding of the Highways Agency’s work.
They will also be expected to build effective working relationships with senior Agency officials and key journalists and stakeholders as part of their day to day activities.

Vacancy description

In consultation with the Senior Press & PR Officer for the South East. Provide a regional press office service for Network Development and Delivery and Traffic Management directorates, draft press notices, articles and briefs, deal with regional media enquiries, advise colleagues on publicity matters.
Set up media briefings, including ride-alongs with Traffic Officer vehicles. Handle interview requests, organising briefing for HA spokespeople, overseeing interviews and filming facilities.
Manage PR activities including COI News and PR and supply chain.
Cover for/assist colleagues in other regions as appropriate.
Develop a programme of positive regional news stories to promote the Agency’s work to the regional media, stakeholders and the public.
Work with the national press office and suggest regional stories that could be promoted nationally.
Support publicity events and exhibitions to build understanding among the public.
Support the work of the Regional Operations Board.
Responsible for supporting staff at the highest level in the region, including Divisional Directors and on occasions, in consultation with the national press office, for the Chief Executive and Board of Directors.
Work with internal communications.
Advise and help to develop the media skills of staff and managers.
Liaise with the Agency’s national press office and the Department for Transport press office on especially sensitive issues. Deal with national media enquires where agreed with Senior Press & PR Officer for the South East and the national press office.
Undertake/support other PR and publicity activities as required by Communications Group.
Take part in the national out-of-office-hours press office duty rota.


PSG Core: Programme and Project Management
Puts in place functional systems to help the team deliver projects.
Monitors project progress against the plan and makes necessary adjustments.
Engages constructively with stakeholders, including them in project team meetings when appropriate.

PSG GCN: Communications - Drafting, Layout and Design
Demonstrates good oral communication.
Drafts clear, concise and persuasive copy.
Identifies what issues will be of media interest.

PSG GCN: Channels and Technologies
Uses the most effective and appropriate channels and technologies to deliver communications
Aware of the rapid changes taking place in the media world.
Understands channels available to reach target audience.

PSG GCN: Business Knowledge and Communication Environment
Understands their organisation’s business and how communications supports it.
Makes persuasive and objective case to support communications advice.
Keeps up to date with current affairs and is aware of the broader political/government context.

PSG GCN: Relationship/Account Management
Actively engages with a broad range of internal stakeholders from operations, policy, finance and other areas in shaping communication approaches.
Develops and sustains stakeholder relationships using appropriate channels to keep them informed.
Develops and nurtures excellent contacts with newspapers and broadcasters.

PSG GCN: Strategic Marketing and Communication
Builds simple business cases for communication solutions.
Drafts media strategies for launches and other media events.
Seeks to make active contribution to insight development process


Strong Demonstrable experience within a Press/PR or related field of:
- Good written and verbal communications skills
- Engaging stakeholders
- Working to tight deadlines



- Recognised qualification e.g. CIPR Diploma or equivalent
- Experience of a similar role within the Not-for-Profit sector.


Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

Candidates apply for this vacancy via the DfT Shared Service Centre E-Recruitment Portal.
To register, search and apply for this or other vacancies on the Portal please refer to the External Applicant Guidance document attached below and access the Portal by holding down ‘Ctrl’ on your keyboard and clicking on the following hyperlink:

Alternatively please copy and paste the above link into your web browser.

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17120933858_Job Description V1.0 U JAN11.doc

The full job description is available to view again when you access this vacancy on the E-recruitment Portal.

Before completing your application, we recommend that you visit our careers pages at where you can access useful information about working for the Highways Agency, details of our Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) and guidance to help you complete your application.

250310121611_HA-08-10 Job Description V1.0 U April 11.doc
250310121453_NEW External Candidate Guidance V2 0 (4).pdf

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