RAF Association – Senior PR Officer


£30359 – £31957

Based at our office in Leicester with agile working

The RAF Association has a clear objective: to help sustain a resilient and empowered RAF community, including serving personnel, RAF veterans and their families. Through our sector leading services, we offer friendship to the isolated and lonely, sheltered housing for those who want to remain proudly independent and childcare to serving personnel on RAF stations. We work closely with partner organisations, including other military charities, and have a strong bond with our donors and supporters, giving us the confidence to deliver for our beneficiaries when they need us.

With thousands of members across the UK and further afield, plus hundreds of dedicated employees and volunteers, we have the network and experience needed for a personal one-to-one approach. We work together to make sure no one is ever left behind.

What to expect from the role

The Senior PR Officer (SPO) will be responsible for delivering targeted, impactful media coverage that highlights the work of the Association, increases understanding and awareness of its activities, and grows and protects its reputation. The SPO will be responsible for developing and maintaining a strong network of contacts within the media, delivering effective PR activity that aligns with strategic priorities whilst also contributing to the running of an effective press office.

How you can make a difference

With significant experience in PR or journalism, you will be able to identify and maximise media opportunities to increase understanding and awareness of the RAF Association along with writing, coordinating and issuing  media releases, briefing materials and features.  Working collaboratively with other colleagues, you will help to develop stories relevant for our internal and external channels as well as organising and managing press visits and photo calls as required across projects. Ideally you will have experience in delivering media training as you will need to ensure spokespeople are media ready providing internal media training, building confidence and testing their skills.

About You

A degree in PR or journalism or substantial equivalent experience is an essential requirement for this role. You will have a thorough knowledge of media law, other applicable legislation and ethical codes of practice.

With a proven track record of gaining coverage in and working with all forms of national and regional media (press/television/radio/publications etc) you will have the ability to impart key messages clearly, concisely and convincingly. Experience of acting as a spokesperson is highly desirable. You will share an ‘on call’ duty Press Officer role at evenings and weekends.  A creative individual with the ability to take high quality photographs along with filming and editing video content will thrive in this role.


  • Fantastic environment committed to really making a difference.
  • Generous annual leave – 36 days (pro rata for part time workers) including public holidays.
  • 5% employer pension contribution under salary sacrifice (subject to matched employee contribution)
  • Company sick pay (after qualifying period)
  • Free eye tests and a contribution towards glasses.
  • Employee assistance programme – confidential helpline for advice and support.
  • Free onsite car park.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • On-site shower facilities (Head office)
  • Close to park and ride (Head office)

Our modern open plan office has air conditioning, a café style kitchen area and a quiet break-out zone for when you need a little bit of time to relax and recharge.

Want to join us?

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter. In order to make your application really stand out, please take some time to review that your CV is up to date as we will initially consider your skills and experience based on your CV which align with the role profile and person specification. This is available to download from our website www.rafa.org.uk 

Please be aware that a cover letter is a mandatory requirement for applications for this role and we will therefore be unable progress applications without this.

When you are happy with your CV and cover letter, please send to jobs@rafa.org.uk.

We reserve the right to close this opportunity early so please do not delay in applying as we’d love to hear from you.

Closing date     8am Monday 24 October 2022

Interviews        w/c 31 October at Atlas House

The RAF Association is a Disability Confident Employer, please get in touch if you require any assistance with the application process.


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