Media & Communications Manager (MCM04/2024)

We are looking to recruit a tenacious and motivated person to lead our press office.


Job reference: MCM04/2024

Closing date: 18/06/2024 - 23:59

Salary: £50,500 per annum

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Permanent, Full time (Hybrid working)

For more information on this vacancy contact:

Are you an entrepreneurial and driven storyteller with significant experience of running a busy press office or as a journalist? Do you have excellent analytical skills and the ability to spot a news angle or story in a complex piece of research? Are you motivated by wanting to improve public policy using evidence, research and data?

The Nuffield Trust – a leading health and care think tank – is looking for a tenacious and motivated person to lead our press office. You will have the ability to work with and communicate complex policy and research, often under time pressure and to tight deadlines. You will be part of a high-performing and collaborative communications team, and will work with some of the country’s leading experts in health and care policy.

This is a crucial and strategically important role in the Nuffield Trust’s communications team. You will be instrumental in helping the organisation in its aim to improve the quality of health care in the UK by taking on significant responsibility for the communications elements of many of our major work programmes.

You’ll spend your time:

  • Raising the Nuffield Trust’s profile in the media by highlighting compelling narratives from our research and analysis and working with experts to develop proactive media messages.
  • Providing a first-rate media relations service, responding to media enquiries, briefing journalists proactively via phone, in person and electronically, drafting reactive statements and letters for publication.
  • Playing a leading role in promoting the Nuffield Trust to external audiences through ensuring that key influencer audiences are informed of our research and other activities, and that they are aware of our policy recommendations.
  • Developing, reviewing, and refining our approach to social media, keeping abreast of developments across different platforms and identifying opportunities.

We’d really like to meet you if you have:

  • Experience of managing a busy press office or of working as a journalist.
  • The ability to absorb, analyse and impart information quickly, with excellent written communications skills and news sense, including accurate use of English and the ability to write and proof concise, engaging content.
  • Demonstrable success in devising, implementing, and evaluating strategic communications plans.
  • Knowledge of different ways to secure coverage, and an understanding of the pros and cons of different media handling approaches. 

To learn more about the role, please download a copy of the Candidate Brief.

To apply, please go to The Nuffield Trust Recruitment site and complete the online application process by 23:59 on Tuesday 18 June. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview, which will include a written test. A second informal interview may be required.

Any queries should be directed to

Please note that the diversity monitoring questions are optional and will not be shared with the selection panel. The selection panel will only have access to your CV and your statement of suitability for the post.

Offers of employment will be conditional upon the receipt of two satisfactory references. Applicants must also have the right to work in the UK. For further information please visit the UKVI website.

The Nuffield Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We wish to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and appointed solely on their suitability for the post irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion/belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Strictly no agencies.

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