As the Royal Family is set to increase in size with the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, so is the royal household, who are recruiting for a new staff member to join their team – a communications assistant.
A non-profit organisation, the royal household offers its employees the opportunity to progress within a business-minded but down-to-earth environment, with every staff member working together to support the Queen and Royal Family to fulfil their royal duties and serve the nation.
Starting in April this year, and with a twelve-month fixed-term contract, the communications assistant will work from Buckingham Palace, carrying out a range of duties that include helping organise garden parties, investitures, off-site engagements and overseas tours.
They may also have the opportunity to be part of these overseas tours, travelling not only with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but also with other members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Where, and how often, they might travel isn’t clear but last year tours included Germany, Poland, Barbados, India and Bhutan. The communications assistant will also travel within the UK as the Royal Family carry out their duties closer to home.
The role is part of the royal household’s wider communications team, which the job listing says is fast-paced and dynamic and responsible for promoting the Royal Family’s work, role, relevance and value across the world.
As well as helping to organise events and visits, the communication assistant’s other duties include writing press releases and media briefings, news updates and feature articles for the Royal Family’s website, as well as social media content.
Their work will be proactive, looking to reach the widest possible audience by sharing interesting stories on the work of the Royal Family, and reactive, responding to national and international press coverage as needed.
This is a more junior position within the team, as the communications assistant will work with senior colleagues, but provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their career and skills on a high-profile, worldwide platform.
To be successful in their application, the job listing – which was posted on LinkedIn – says the candidate must be exceptional. In return, they will receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes 33 paid holiday days a year, a 15% employer contribution pension scheme and ongoing professional development. The salary for the role isn’t stated.
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