It’s time to give your CV a quick polish: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are looking for a new member of staff to add to their in-house communications team. And yes, it may well entail hanging out with William, Kate and co.
The royals are currently recruiting for a Senior Communications Officer on a fixed-term maternity cover contract. The successful candidate will ‘work both reactively and proactively to manage the daily news flow to the media, communicating with audiences via traditional, digital and social media,’ as per the job description posted on the official website for royal job vacancies (which, naturally, we have bookmarked in every browser possible…)
The Senior Communications Officer will be responsible for communication plans and ‘the delivery of engagements and overseas tours’ – meaning that should your application succeed, you may well work on overseeing the forthcoming royal tour of Sweden and Norway. According to the posting, ‘drafting and circulating press lines will also be a key part of the role, as well as organising and giving press briefings and handling out of hours media enquiries,’ so it’s hardly a conventional nine-to-five gig. Seasoned royal watchers may note that the role is very similar to another job advertised by the royals this summer (which involved working in PR and communications for the Royal Foundation).
In order to be in with a chance of mingling with Kate, William and Harry on a semi-frequent basis, though, you’ll need more than a mutual appreciation of Emilia Wickstead, a photographic memory for Princess Charlotte’s best outfits and maybe an encyclopaedic knowledge of Suits. The Palace require that candidates ‘must have extensive experience within communications, marketing or media, with a relevant degree (or equivalent qualification).’
Given the highly confidential nature of some of the details you’d be working with, ‘the ability to handle sensitive information with tact and discretion at all times’ is described as an ‘essential requisite,’ as is ‘the ability to make decisions, using integrity and judgment whilst exercising caution.’
If you still fancy your chances at the role, you’ve got just under a week to work on your covering letter: applications will be open until 26th October.