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External Communications Officer
(GLA 19) Grade 8 (£44,388)
Vacancy Description
Job reference no: GLA275
Contract type: Fixed term contract 21 September 2020 until 21 November 2021 (Maternity cover)
Closing Date: Sunday 19 July 2020 at 23:59 GMT
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Salary: £44,388 per annum
Grade: 8

Are you a media communications specialist with a good understanding of the political landscape in London?

Can you hit the ground running, with a current contacts list of print, broadcast and online journalists?

Is the high pressure, quick turnaround environment of a busy press office your bag?

Can you work with speed and accuracy – without losing your cool?

Do you have excellent news release writing skills and the insight to instantly recognise the story?

If so, then the London Assembly’s Communications team is the place for you.

The Assembly holds the Mayor of London to account, on behalf of all Londoners, for his £17 billion annual budget by publicly examining his policies and programmes. Its 25 elected Assembly Members are champions for London. They review and investigate issues that affect everyday life, working to improve the running of the city in areas such as policing, transport, housing and planning, the economy, health and the environment.

Measuring and recording the impact of the Assembly’s activities is important, as is a focus on the opportunities offered by digital engagement.

Working closely with the Head of Communications, your experience and understanding of how organisations can maximise their influence, and of how to get important stories noticed, to promote key individuals and to develop a strong political brand, will ensure that you become part of a team that makes a real difference.

Please click here for Job Description and Person Specification. Please ensure your Supporting Statement clearly addresses all of the Personal Specification Criteria.


This role is based at City Hall.

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

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 GLA2775.

Application closing date:  Sunday 19 July 2020 at 23:59 GMT.
Interviews will take place at: To be confirmed

Please note we do not accept CV’s for this role. All applications for this vacancy must be submitted via our online recruitment system. To apply and for a copy of the Job Description and Person specification, please click the "Apply Now" button below.