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Head of Communications

North East MEPs

Brussels or Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Based in Brussels or Newcastle-upon-Tyne with frequent travel between Brussels, Newcastle and Strasbourg.

Background to the role

Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen, Labour MEPs for the North East of England, are looking for a motivated and experienced Head of Communications to assist them in their work in both the European Parliament and the North East region.

Jude and Paul run a joint office with staff based in both Brussels and Newcastle and this post can be based out of either office.

Jude is a full member of the European Parliament’s Committees on International Trade and Petitions. She is also a substitute member of Industry, Research and Energy Committee.

Paul is a full Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety as well as a substitute Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

Main task and responsibilities

  • Responsibility for developing an overall communications strategy for Jude and Paul, including website, press releases, social media channels, videos, publications and newsletters
  • Lead and coordinate the development of campaigns related to Jude and Paul’s committee work and wider work
  • Support the team to update and further develop content and formats of communication of Jude and Paul’s work
  • Develop and maintain, media contacts in Brussels, the North East and nationally in the UK
  • Liaise with external partners where necessary e.g. website designers, agencies
  • Keep in close working contact with the European Parliamentary Labour Party media operation, the Labour North regional media operation and where necessary the national Labour Party media operation

Required qualifications

  • A minimum of 2 years of practical experience in working in communications e.g. managing websites, social media channels, drafting and editing press releases, developing newsletters supporting teams in improving their communications
  • A strong news sense and a keen interest in current affairs especially politics
  • Excellent management and coordination skills, ability to work under pressure
  • Independent and pro-active attitude, strong sense of ownership for assigned areas of responsibility
  • Ability to work creatively with social media tools
  • Strong team work skills and the ability to work with various colleagues on various projects
  • Excellent communications skills, native or near-native English speaker; excellent writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of and experience of political communications
  • Knowledge of website CMS and design programmes (PhotoShop/InDesign) an asset
  • Photography and videography skills an asset
  • In sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Labour Party.

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