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PR Officer (fixed term - 8 months)

The closing date for this role has now passed

Reporting to: Head of Communications

Purpose of job: Raise and maintain the profile of the visitor attraction and the work of the Trust and Brunel Institute regionally, nationally and internationally, securing appropriate broadcast, print and online media coverage. Maximise the PR value of the SS Great Britain’s 50th anniversary of being “back home in Bristol” in 2020. Ensure the Trust is seen as an authority on Brunel, his life and his achievements, and that the Trust’s programmes and products are given maximum visibility.

Hours: 21.75 hours per week

MAIN Responsibilities

  • Undertake proactive PR activities to raise the profile of the visitor attraction, Trust, its programmes and key spokespeople nationally. Monitor the national media agenda, share insights internally and identify opportunities to position Trust spokespeople to comment on relevant national matters.
  • Build relationships with key editors/contributors and secure coverage across various sectors including consumer/travel media, national education media; regional business and fundraising media; culture, heritage and engineering media.
  • Identify opportunities and pitch ideas and stories to wide-ranging broadcast media across radio, television and online both regionally and nationally.
  • Promote the Trust’s achievements such as winning awards, securing funding and completing major project milestones.
  • Contribute, with colleagues, to delivering the Trust’s internal communications plan and stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • Provide press office services including preparation of press kits, meeting media on-site, drafting quotes and statements, preparing briefings for senior staff and organising press events.
  • Maximise PR opportunities through the work of the Trust’s patrons, trustees and advocates of Brunel’s work and accomplishments; explore opportunities to work with personalities and opinion leaders to add value, credibility or endorsement.
  • Jointly manage the organisation of a series of previews and events for media and stakeholders around the SS Great Britain’s 50th anniversary of being “back home in Bristol” in 2020.
  • Undertake other duties as could be reasonably required to assist in the smooth and efficient running of the department, including occasional evening and weekend work.

Person Specification


  • A comprehensive understanding of PR as part of the wider marketing mix.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a press office or PR role. Experience in many of these areas: writing press releases, drafting quotes for spokespeople, briefing and media-training spokespeople, organising press or other stakeholder events.
  • Experience of the PR planning process and creating delivery plans.


  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject or possessing current membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
  • Established relationships with media contacts and a track record of successfully pitching in stories.
  • Enthusiasm for the SS Great Britain Trust’s work and products.

How to apply

Closing date for applications: 9am, Tuesday 3 December 2019

Interview date: Wednesday 11 December 2019


SS Great Britain Trust is committed to diversifying our audiences and workforce. We actively encourage applications from candidates from groups under-represented in our organisation including; Black, Asian and minority ethnic, Disabled people.