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Press Officer

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Date: 25-Nov-2021

Location: London, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £28,160 to £35,000 PA

Contract Type: 12 months FTC



We are the UK's aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.


The Role


In a dynamic and fast paced communications team, this role is responsible for creating and delivering integrated communications, from supporting the press office, writing press releases and statements, as well as creating content for social media and supporting social media community management.


The post holder will promote and protect the CAA priorities, aims and objectives across multiple audiences, including consumers, industry, and overflown communities. 


From a social media perspective, the role will:

  • Support the creation of content and ensuring the CAA uses social media as effectively as possible; using social media channels to communicate the CAA’s key priorities and protect its reputation in a creative and impactful way.
  • Maintain and support the implementation the CAA’s social media strategy
  • Ensure the CAA keeps up with the latest trends in social media and is using the right channels - advising on best practice, creative opportunities and identifying emerging risks.

From a media perspective, the role will:

  • Support the press office and media activities, drafting press release and responding to media enquiries.
  • The post holder will also part of the Communications Department out of hours on call rota.


Core Accountabilities;


  • Support the management of day-to-day social media monitoring and content publishing - working alongside Communications colleagues.
  • Assisting with the CAA social media strategy to constantly enhance the impact and reach of the organisation’s social media activity.
  • Regular reporting on impact of social and media activity.
  • Support the Press Office media activities as per business needs.


About You


  • Expert in social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube and able to advise on other potential channels for the CAA to use.
  • Working knowledge and experience of using social media publishing tools
  • Experience of evaluating and reporting on impact of social media activity
  • Ability to translate technical information into consumer-friendly content, including infographics
  • Ability to present information clearly and influence others
  • Working knowledge of monitoring and tracking delivery and impact of communications activity
  • Good organisational and planning skills.
  • Ability to work in a busy environment, respond to fast-moving situations
  • Strong writing skills and experience of writing engaging blog posts and articles, and news releases
  • Experience of delivering communications activity in crisis situations preferable but not essential
  • Media handling experience.
  • At least one years’ experience in a similar role.



Additional Information

This role is office based (currently 2-3 days per week) with home working on the other days.  It does not require extensive business travel; however, some travel to Aviation House (Gatwick) and/ or Westferry will be expected


Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here


Many appointments within the CAA require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holder must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.


To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we will not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Closing Date: 9th December 

Interview Date: WC 13th December 


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.

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