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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
Salary or training bursary: £29,868 per annum
12 Months
Company:Arts Council
Open to all
Apply by:01/12/2020 - 23:59

Officer, Advocacy and Communications

Are you knowledgeable about the cultural sector? And do you have experience of advising on advocacy and communications issues? Then this role might be the perfect opportunity for you... 

Arts Council is the national development agency for creativity and culture. They champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Arts Council is looking to recruit an Officer, Advocacy and Communications to join their team. You will be supporting the Head of Advocacy and Communications in providing day-to-day communications support to the leadership team and other colleagues. 


  • Supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of your area's local communications strategy, ensuring that the reputation of the organisation is protected at all times
  • Assisting the Head of Advocacy and Communications to manage, evaluate and assess the impact and delivery of the media, stakeholder management and public relations programme within their overall communications strategy
  • Coordinating internal communications messages and channels at local level
  • Work closely with the national Advocacy and Communications team to maintain and update Arts Council England's internal and external websites with information relating to local activities
  • Maintain and update the local communications infrastructure, including updating the image bank and will contribute to building partnerships and close working relationships with appropriate external agencies and networks
  • You will be the first point of contact for media enquiries and will assist in the planning and event management of briefings and events held locally

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Proven experience of advising on advocacy and communications issues in a complex environment, responding to and handling media enquiries and drafting press releases, preferably in a similar role
  • Knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector, with specialist knowledge of current threats and opportunities and an informed awareness of the news agenda
  • A good understanding of the media, including print, broadcast, online and other emerging new media and how it operates
  • You will be highly organised and capable of working with a high attention to detail, with the ability to prioritise and juggle multiple priorities and exercise effective judgement when managing conflicting tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - speaking, listening and in writing - and the ability to communicate in a confident and engaging manner and able to influence individuals over whom there is no formal line-management relationship
  • The ability to absorb, analyse and present complex information in a clear and straightforward way and to ensure work is delivered on time and to a high standard
  • A good understanding of the Arts Council's duty as a public body under current diversity legislation, the current diversity agenda and it's relationship to arts and culture

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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