Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Communications Officer

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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory: Communications, Press and Media

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities): Plan, create and deliver communications and public relations activity that advance the British Government’s trade, investment and prosperity efforts in Australia and New Zealand.

Roles and responsibilities

PR/Communications: proactively develop and manage PR/media opportunities to support trade and investment campaigns and deliver outcomes including:

  • Generation of creative ideas and delivery of PR and media support for trade and investment campaigns and events.
  • Help to identify story opportunities; organise media interviews; write briefings
  • Write and distribute media releases and media advisories
  • Draft articles, press releases, blogs and case studies for various channels
  • Maintain editorial calendar with suitable story ideas to support sector campaigns
  • Create and update media contact lists
  • Build strong relationships with trade and business media contacts and a strong understanding of business and trade media landscape
  • Monthly DIT newsletter - write/compile using EDM software for external distribution
  • Media monitoring, monthly comms reports and campaign evaluation
  • Support wider DIT Marcomms and FCO Communications teams across ANZ as needed

Social Media:  Proactively manage DIT's social media accounts and develop plan to drive stronger engagement with our audiences (Twitter, LinkedIN, FB)

  • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video, audio, HTML)
  • Weekly content plan to support tactical opportunities and sector campaigns
  • Keep up to date with digital & social media tools and trends and recommend new ways of engaging our audience
  • Manage/keep updated DIT Australia web content using web-based editing tool.
  • Evaluate campaigns and use insights to inform future activity and build social media engagement.

Events & Collateral

  • Deliver engaging live social media coverage of events including live-tweeting with pics/video. 
  • Basic photography and video of events as required
  • Write/edit copy for promotional material, collateral and event invitations and project manage as required;
  • Assist / cover as required for event, brand and direct marketing activity

Internal communications

  • Identify and write internal news stories for DIT intranet and news bulletin
  • Maintain up to date files in shared area


  • Assist with preparation, briefings and media/communications for visiting officials, dignitaries and business specialists.


  • Maintain working knowledge of available DIT and GREAT Britain content and brand assets
  • Generate new content as required
  • Ensure all marketing and communications material/activity comply with GREAT and DIT brand guidelines.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Bachelors degree (or higher) in Communications, Journalism or Public Relations
  • 1 to 2 years work experience in a communications role
  • Excellent writing, proofing and editing skills for both traditional and new media
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, delivering and evaluating communications activity/campaigns
  • Experience managing corporate or government social media account(s)
  • Ability to create rich media content for social media eg: using smart phone for photography, video and editing; creation of infographics/gifs.
  • Knowledge of Australian business and trade media landscape
  • Ability to source and maintain network of media contacts