Tottenham Hotspur is a world famous football club based in North London. Off the pitch, the Club has a strong and successful business model centered around building a platform for long-term success, which includes a new world-class stadium.
The Club operates out of multiple sites, including a world class Training Centre in Enfield where this position is based. This venue is the main location for the Club’s Communications department, as well as the centre for the men’s and women’s first teams and the men’s Academy.
The Club is seeking a Communications Assistant to join a new and growing women’s content and communications team under the guidance of the Senior Media Executive.
Tottenham Hotspur Women play in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL), seen by many as one of the top women’s leagues in the world. Mirroring the transformation of a team that progressed up the women’s football pyramid from grassroots to the WSL and challenging for a Champions League place inside 10 years, the Club has accelerated its profile by undergoing a transformation process that has seen radical change in our profile, content, and the team around it.
The successful applicant will support all written content and press-related activities for the women’s first team and play a key role in enhancing the reputation and public perception of the team and wider Club by providing assistance and support with best practice media relations and communications to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced press professionals within a leading global sporting brand.
The successful candidate will be required to work at all women’s first team matches and as with all jobs in sport, the position will invole working some irregular hours, including weekends, so flexibility will be essential.
In addition, it is desirable that candidates hold a full driving license and own transport.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club welcomes applications from anyone regardless of age, disability, gender, race, ethnic origin, religion /belief, or sexual orientation.
The primary role will be to support written content creation for the women’s first team for the website and lead on all written matchday media activity (matchday programme, match report, post-match reaction). The role will also handle media relations for the women’s team, including matchday accreditation, matchday broadcast requirements, arranging and overseeing external media interviews and media events.
Assist the Senior Media Executive and wider Communications team in managing the expectations and requirements of the 24-hour rolling news media environment.
Assist with media monitoring and collating coverage around the women’s first team and the women’s game generally in terms of its impact on the Club
Manage matchday accreditation requests and assist with providing the best possible environment for media to operate at our home stadium on a match day.
Lead on all written matchday media activity (matchday programme, match reports, post-match reaction)
Maintain excellent editorial standards
Act as a point of contact for general media enquiries relating to the women’s first team and action them accordingly
Support the Senior Media Executive with management of press conferences and other events which include invited external media
Provide administrative support where necessary and assist with maintaining and improving relevant materials such as contact databases and distribution lists.
Assist in the management of pre and post match media requirements, deliver the Club’s contractual obligations with media and commercial partners and deal with requests from all media outlets.
Assist with crisis management and intercepting issues.
Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas
Values & respects others, builds relationships, collaborates
Gets things done, delivers to highest of standards, takes responsibility
Strong organisational skills
Strong attention to detail and treating sensitive information in confidence
Inquisitive with an eye for detail
Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and persuade, exercising a high degree of tact and diplomacy
Pro-active, enthusiastic, empathetic, hard-working
Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines
Well presented, with a high level of integrity, discretion and maturity
A knowledge and understanding of women’s football and/or a willingness to learn about the players, history and sport.
Skills & Experience
Educated to degree level in English, Media, Communications or Journalism or a graduate with the equivalent in industry experience
Experience in sports journalism – working for a newspaper or website, in social media or broadcasting, would obviously be beneficial, as would any previous experience at a club
A minimum of one year’s experience in a Communications role within a sporting or related environment, and experience dealing directly with journalists and the media
Excellent written and grammar skills
An eye for a story and the ability to take initiative
A good awareness and understanding of the constantly evolving media landscape, including digital
Awareness of (essential) and/or some existing relationships (desirable) with major media players and journalists in the industry
Strong team member with interpersonal skills
Excellent skills in Microsoft Office
Knowledge of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club history
NCTJ trained or equivalent qualification (desirable)
Knowledge of a second language (desirable)
UK Full Drivers Licence (desirable)
Closing:24 Jun 2022