Key Purpose of Role
To support MCC in communicating and promoting the activities of MCC and Lord’s Cricket Ground to local, national and international media; to oversee internal communications to MCC employees; and to manage the communication of key MCC strategic projects.
To work with the Assistant Secretary (Membership & Operations) to provide communications support for the community development programme and ensure all communication to Members is co-ordinated and in-sync with the broad communications strategy.
To work with the Head of Marketing to ensure all digital communication is co-ordinated, of high quality and in line with the communications strategy.
Key Tasks and Accountabilities
Supervising the management of, and having responsibility for, the output of the Media & Communications Department;
Develop and implement an internal and external MCC communication strategy;
Develop a crisis communications plan for MCC;
Promote MCC’s cricket related activities to media and across all digital platforms;
Promote MCC’s non cricket-playing activities to relevant media, with particular emphasis placed on the Community, Meetings & Events and Arts & Library Departments;
Supervise the management of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre for all match days at Lord’s;
Build strong relationships with key media contacts, including with broadcasters and the Cricket Writers’ Club; set up and oversee interviews with key MCC spokespeople, including the provision of briefing notes;
Work with the executive team at Middlesex CCC to promote their fixtures at Lord’s and their support for Lord’s Community initiatives;
Promote the work of the MCC World Cricket committee, including writing statements from each meeting, running press conferences and arranging interviews to maximise publicity;
Working with the MCC Foundation, promote the activities of the Club’s charitable arm;
Ensure consistency of Club communications by ensuring high-quality cross-departmental proofreading support of written content for internal and external publications;
Oversee the communication of key MCC strategic projects both internally and externally;
Manage the relationship of key communications stakeholders working in the game, including but not limited to personnel from ICC, ECB and the first-class counties;
Attendance at Executive Management Board, MCC Committee, World Cricket committee and Cricket committee meetings; and
Write and distribute ad hoc press releases, as directed by the Chief Executive & Secretary, ensuring that they are written to a high standard of content and accuracy. In addition, respond to ad hoc press enquiries in a timely manner, ensuring continuity and accuracy of MCC’s agreed message/stance.
Variations of job relating to Major Matches
Ensure effective crisis communications support as and when required;
Ensure the provision of efficient logistical support for ECB’s Media representatives;
Attending close of play and post-match press conferences if required to do so;
Attend all Major Matches with extended hours as appropriate, including weekends; and
Any other duties as required whether in the Department or elsewhere around the Ground.
Values and Behaviours
Have a positive and proactive approach to all elements of the role;
Take responsibility for own actions and outputs;
Be respectful to all MCC employees, casual workers, Members and visitors;
Actively promote team work by supporting others and sharing knowledge;
Deliver high quality work/service in a timely way; and
Actively work to help improve standards across the Department.
Health and Safety
At all times be responsible for the safety of yourself and others through adherence to MCC (and legal) safety rules and procedures;
To report any unsafe practices, equipment or circumstances as appropriate;
Comply fully with relevant security policies and procedures; and
Be familiar with fire procedures and evacuation procedures and be prepared to operate when/if trained as Fire Warden.
Person Specifications, Skills & Qualifications
At least ten years’ relevant PR and media experience;
Educated to degree level or equivalent;
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills;
Proven leadership and budget management experience;
Proven crisis communications experience;
Good knowledge of and creative approach to producing content for digital media;
Able to work using own initiative, independently and as part of a team;
Able to deal confidently with individuals at all levels of the organisation;
Capable of planning and prioritising work to tight deadlines;
Excellent organisational and administrative skills;
Strong attention to detail;
Knowledge of, and an interest in, cricket and the landscape of worldwide cricket media;
Knowledge of, and an interest in, community development and charity work;
Understanding and working knowledge of the use of digital communications;
Excellent IT skills; and
Willingness to work long hours on occasion, in addition to some weekend working in the busy cricket season.
Have relevant experience in a sporting venue or a cricketing environment.