Head of Media Relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Lambeth Palace, London
Fixed Term Full Time
£53,937 p.a. rising to £57,196 p.a. after probation

Lambeth Palace is a unique building of significant historical and global provenance. It is, first and foremost, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family, as well as home to a wider, diverse and thriving residential community. It is also an office and the epicentre of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ministry to the Church of England and the global Anglican Communion. It is a Grade I listed building comprising various listed buildings dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries, set within 10 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Fundamentally, the Palace seeks to be a place of contribution to the life of a 21st century church.

In support of the Archbishop’s ministry, the office at Lambeth Palace is made up of several interconnected teams, including Anglican Communion, Chaplaincy, Communications, Correspondence, Ecumenical, Evangelism & Witness, Events, Inter-Religious Affairs, Social and Public Affairs and Reconciliation - each providing pivotal, interdependent and essential support to the Archbishop to enable the effective delivery of the ministry to which he has been called by God.

Lambeth Palace is an exciting and vibrant ‘community of communities’. Working here provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the ministry of an internationally significant religious leader in a friendly, busy, fast-paced and dynamic office. The team at Lambeth Palace works collaboratively with colleagues throughout the National Church Institutions (NCIs) and beyond and supports each other at busy periods, with flexibility and good humour.

We are looking for a talented Head of Media Relations who is excited about this unique opportunity at Lambeth Palace.

Joining the Communications team, you will be at the heart of everything that we do. In particular, you will communicate the Archbishop of Canterbury's key priorities and messages throughout the year and provide strategic and operational advice to the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior colleagues.

Working alongside the Director of Communications, you will work proactively, to ensure the delivery of a professional communications service and oversee the operational work of the team.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract (maternity cover) which is expected to last for 12 months but may be extended.

Interviews will be held on the 6th March 2019

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, a 35-hour working week and generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions, and an extremely attractive non-contributory pension scheme.

The Role

To assist the Director of Communications in running a proactive communications office and provide strategic and operational advice to the Archbishop of Canterbury and senior colleagues at Lambeth Palace and Church House.


  • Assisting the Director in running a proactive, digitally focused, communications office
  • Assisting the Director in managing the press office on an operational basis
  • Monitoring all forms of media to ensure accuracy
  • Working closely with the Anglican Communications Office on the communication plans and delivery of Lambeth 2020
  • Working with the Director and other colleagues to prepare briefs ahead of the Archbishop’s media appearances, staff media interviews
  • Ghost writing of quotes, articles, statements as necessary
  • Liaising on the Archbishop of Canterbury's involvement in campaigns such as Thy Kingdom Come, Church of England Christmas and Easter campaigns
  • Ensuring appropriate measurement of output and throughput from the team, including reactive work to media enquiries and proactive work involving media placement
  • Responsibility for day to day news diary and stories, proactively taking a lead with senior colleagues at Lambeth Palace
  • Responsibility for the media planning of all the Archbishop's Diocesan visits and accompany the Archbishop
  • Undertaking the occasional overseas visit with the Archbishop
  • Line managing the digital media officer and overseeing digital strategy

Key requirements for the role

  • Track record of strategic communications or media
  • Proactive approach with ability to spot news stories prior to publication
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to changing and simultaneous deadlines
  • Able to represent the Archbishop of Canterbury effectively and with confidence
  • Understand and help develop the Archbishop's Priorities
  • Experience of crisis management
  • Ability to operate independently and deputise for the Director
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teams at Church House and the Anglican Communion Office

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.