Communications Officer

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
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This is an exciting time in our diocese, with the launch of the vision of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives in 2016 leading to significant new missional energy in many of our churches, chaplaincies and schools. It’s been especially encouraging to witness the development of around 80 new worshipping communities since the launch, including four major projects in areas of new housing.

We are looking for a really capable team member, who will bring a range of skills, experience and drive to our small communications team – with a passion for news, stories and messages, a customer-focused outlook, and who is brimming with ideas for delivering stand-out communications, and supporting others to do so. It’s an exciting role in an area of work where no two days are ever the same.

  • To play a key operational role in implementing the Diocese of Guildford’s Communications strategy carrying out a wide variety of tasks and supporting the wider Diocesan strategy: ‘Transforming Church; Transforming Lives’.
  • To provide the day-to-day running of our website, social media and digital platforms, including generating, editing and uploading content and for enhancing its digital presence and outreach.
  • To work across the medium of print and video as and when required, and day-to-day management of the Diocese of Guildford’s social media profiles.

Writer, Interviewer and Editor

  • Edit diocesan communications,
  • Identify and adapt web content to go into print,
  • Identify, conduct interviews and write stories, press releases and case studies,
  • Commission copy from experts and contributors,
  • Edit third party content with a rigorous eye for quality and detail.

News & information platform operation

  • Develop, manage and update news content for the website overseeing it on a day-to-day basis, ensuring content is clear, consistent and audience focused,
  • Write and commission blog posts, articles and opinion pieces,
  • Develop, manage, edit and distribute an electronic newsletter,
  • Commission and produce video content on suitable projects,
  • Capture or source, and edit photos to help tell stories and increase their impact,
  • Advise colleagues on implementing the diocesan style guide for web content.

Press Officer

  • Receive and manage press enquiries, ensuring these are dealt with promptly,
  • Create and maintain relationships with local journalists and broadcasters and national religion correspondents,
  • Actively sell great stories to the media, identifying and advising on news and feature opportunities,
  • Identify photo and film opportunities, providing in-house and/or media coverage,
  • Attend events, providing media support and/or in-house coverage,
  • Facilitate press conferences and media interviews,
  • Brief media spokespeople,
  • Develop and maintain a system for storing press cuttings and online stories on relevant issues and help monitor press coverage,
  • To provide out of hours communications contact where required.



  • Educated to degree level - or equivalent professional experience, skills and abilities.


  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g. DipCIPR, NCJT or equivalent).



  • At least three years of professional experience in a communications, PR, journalistic or marketing role.
  • Experience of working with the media.
  • Experience of managing and supporting a multi audience information based web site.
  • Experience of contributing to social media channels for a group, organisation or campaign.
  • Experience of managing a multipleuser content management system (CMS) website.


  • Experience of public relations within a faith context.
  • Experience of helping to deliver change within an organisation.



  • Strong working knowledge of communications, PR and Marketing best practice and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations using a pragmatic and common sense approach.
  • A good understanding of the workings and priorities of print, online and broadcast media.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of social media from an organisational perspective.


  • Developed contacts with local and national media.
  • Understanding of the Church of England and its structures.
  • An understanding of other Christian denominations and non- Christian faiths.

Area, People and Community

The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of northeast Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population here is greater and excellent road and rail links to London and elsewhere mean that there is much commuting within these areas.

The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate. Notwithstanding the rural areas, the average population density is above average, both regionally and nationally.

The area is rightly perceived as affluent, but there are other perspectives. There are surprisingly high levels of domestic and sexual abuse. The population is quite mobile, but the cost of housing is very high and there are issues of homelessness in the towns. The government wants a significant number of new homes to be built in the area, but there is much lively debate about where they might go.