Head of Media – Elections
(GLA) Grade 13 (£78,371)
Vacancy Description
Job reference: CO-035
Contract type: 7 Months Fixed Term contract or Secondment Opportunity until June 2020 – Full Time /37 hpw
Closing date: Sunday 4 August 2019 23:59 GMT
Interview dates: Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 September 2019 (pm)
Salary: £78,371 per annum 'pro-rata'
Grade: 13

In 2020, Londoners will elect a new Mayor and London Assembly. We’re looking for an exceptional Head of Media Relations to develop and lead press and communications for these important elections. This is an exciting role at the heart of London government and an unrivalled opportunity to manage a high-profile project from start to finish.


With extensive experience in media and communications, you will be a strong communicator with a significant track record of success in delivering media and public relations strategy in a complex political environment.   You’ll need to be ready to hit the ground running to set up a press office, create a strategy and deliver it all within tight timeframes and at a fast pace. Experience of building a press office or similar from scratch for a specific high-profile event would be beneficial.


This is a high profile, pivotal role, liaising directly with national and international media and working closely with the London Elects leadership team, which is overseen by the Greater London Returning Officer. You’ll have a real nose for news and a full understanding of the political context.  You’ll be passionate and knowledgeable about London, familiar with the issues facing a major world city, and have significant experience of using different media to promote key policies and priorities.


Finally, you’ll be a natural leader, with a proven talent for setting up, leading and motivating teams.

This role is politically restricted’ under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.



This a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate. If that’s you, please apply below.


London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.


We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We would welcome applications from candidates who are seeking part time work as this role is open to job share. 


In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan, childcare voucher scheme and a career average pension scheme.


If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process then please contact a member of the recruitment team via email on glajobs@london.gov.uk quoting reference CO-035


Application closing date: Sunday 4 August 2019 23:59 GMT
Interviews will take place at: City Hall on Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 September 2019 (pm)