Role: Policy, Publishing and Editorial Officer

LGiU is hiring a Policy, Publishing and Editorial Officer. Closing date: Friday 6th March at 5.00pm

Working For: LGiU International Limited

Location: London

Salary: £20,000 to £25,000 pa

Job Details:

The LGiU is a membership organisation and think tank working to promote local democracy. We produce a wide range of information products for local government, private and charitable sectors. We operate in England, Scotland, Ireland and will launch a service in Australia on February 27th. In 2020 we will be launching a news service for local government globally. LGIU has recently set up ‘LGIU International Limited’ to operate as the focus for our international work. We are now recruiting a new team in LGIU International Limited to lead on the commissioning, production, editing and publishing of our daily news and policy information services.

We are particularly looking for a candidate who has experience of working in a start up or journalistic role where they have led delivery and worked to regular deadlines, and ideally someone with a good understanding of Australian local government.

You can find out more about the LGiU on our website at: www.lgiu.org

We are seeking an outstanding individual to work with our new team in LGIU International Limited. Initially, this will include significant contributions to the following:

  • Producing our daily news for Australia, which goes out at 18:00 every working day. Because of time differences this role will require regular working on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Developing a global daily news service.
  • Commissioning and editing policy briefings (In conjunction with our Commissioners in England, Ireland and Scotland).
  • Checking and uploading policy briefings.
  • Updating the LGiU website.
  • Supporting policy blogs.
  • Organising and supporting visits to LGiU members.
  • Sending out updates from LGiU to our members.

The position is permanent, working full time (35 hours per week). This role is suitable for graduates/post-graduates, who have experience of working in a role with responsibility and regular deadlines. It will be based at the LGiU’s offices in London. The LGiU is a flexible employer. There will be periodic visits to Edinburgh, Dublin and possibly Australia.

This role will give you the opportunity to work across different aspects of a busy think-tank, including; membership relations, liaison with councils, policy and communications.

The role carries excellent prospects for the right candidate to work in the publishing and local government spheres.

Daily responsibilities will include:

  • Production of Australian Daily News
  • Production of the global news service.
  • Check policy briefings and upload to the LGIU website
  • Liaise with briefings commissioners in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
  • Check and send communications to members via Mailchimp
  • Managing correspondence between LGiU and members
  • Contributing the news and briefings perspective to LGIU strategy.
  • Day-to-day administration, as required

Person Specification:

  • Good IT skills with the ability to learn how to use different programmes. We use Mailchimp, Nutshell CRM, Trello and WordPress
  • A demonstrable interest in local government and policy.
  • Outstanding written communication and analytical skills coupled with a consistently high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent editorial or journalistic skills and ability to convey written information concisely.
  • Experience of producing high quality written content to regular deadlines.
  • An interest in developing LGIU membership globally
  • An appreciation of local councils and the role of Councillors
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills; with the ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to think on your feet and work with minimal supervision
  • Educated to degree level
  • Clear thinker, with strong sense of self-initiative and drive

Closing Date:

Friday 6th March at 5.00pm. Please note that applications will not be accepted after this time. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 17th March.

To apply for this opportunity please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4 which outlines: why you are interested in this post; and how your experience meets the person specification to jobs@lgiu.org.uk for the attention of Debra Stanislas.

Job Contact:

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Andy Johnston by emailing info@lgiu.org.uk or ring 0207 554 2800.