Disability Arts Online seeks Communications Manager (PT, remote working)

Closing Date: 24 February 2020

Disability Arts Online

Location: Remote/home working (UK-based applicants only)

Remuneration: £25,000 – £29,000 pro rata, depending on experience (0.6 FTE)


Square logo with Disability Arts Online in the centre

Disability Arts Online is looking for someone with strong experience in arts marketing and communications to lead on the planning and delivery of our communications strategy, raising the profile of the organisation. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual with an interest in access or disability to put their own stamp on the communications output of an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. The role is offered part-time at 3 days per week (0.6 FTE).

Disability Arts Online is a small but exceptionally dedicated organisation that supports disabled artists and the wider arts sector. We are a content powerhouse delivering high-quality editorial, a monthly podcast, films, not to mention user-generated blogs. We produce a programme of 10 events a year (mixture of both live and online).

We already have a large and highly engaged following on social media, with over 14,000 Twitter followers, a 6,000-strong Facebook group and an Instagram following built from nothing to nearly 2,000 in a little over 18 months. We want someone who can take our communications to the next level and showcase and celebrate the work we do to a wider audience.

The successful candidate will also benefit from flexible working patterns and the opportunity to work from home. With responsibility for smooth communications internally and externally, some travel will be expected as part of the work.

With strong digital skills and enthusiasm for communicating with people via social media, the Communications Manager will focus on reaching audiences and deepening engagement. They will manage communications for all our social media accounts, advertising and events.

The Communications Manager will work on ‘Lead’, the Arts Council funded Transforming Leadership project, enabling our new Digital Influencer to deliver exciting digital content that opens up access to Disability Arts Online’s offer, particularly to neurodiverse and learning disabled audiences.

To apply:

Please send the following to work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk:

Deadline for applications 12 noon, Monday 24th February 2020.

Interviews will take place in London w/c 3 March 2020. Travel bursaries available for unwaged applicants.

As an organisation led by disabled people working to support better access to arts and culture, we are very keen to attract applications from any diverse backgrounds and we strongly encourage applications from people who identify as disabled or living with a long-term health condition (including mental health and neurodiversity).

If you have any questions or need some assistance, please get in touch work@disabilityartsonline.org.uk

Further information about Disability Arts Online:

Disability Arts Online is a long-established arts organisation that occupies a unique global position with its UK-based website, partnership and consultancy work, artist development programmes and vibrant community of disabled creatives.

The online magazine (annual readership 185k) platforms discussion about arts and culture from a disability perspective. This gives disabled artists a place to talk about accessing the arts and to critique the development of artistic practice across all art forms. The website hosts high-quality editorial covering in-depth interviews, opinion, reviews, news, podcasts and videos. Our content is regularly syndicated by industry-leading publications including a-n, Arts Professional, Theatre Times and The Stage.

“Disability Arts Online has been an invaluable tool of support, information and advocacy for me as a disabled artist. It’s a vital resource ensuring that I am connected, and contributing to the wider disability arts ecology and movement, and not working in isolation.” Jamie Beddard, actor/director. The artists development sessions established in 2018 are proving successful; supporting 41 artists in the first year, with 100% of those surveyed saying that sessions had a positive/very positive impact on them.

Arts Council England assessed us as having “an intelligent and developed understanding of diversity and the needs of diverse artists”. We perform an important role in assisting the arts and cultural sector to develop an understanding of disability arts practice, ACE’s Creative Case for Diversity and best practice in access provision. Last year we delivered fruitful partnerships with Unlimited, Bristol Music Trust, Creative Diversity Network (a consortium TV broadcasters), Graeae, a-n and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

The British Council says of our partnership delivering DisabilityArtsInternational.org: “Disability Arts Online have brought not only their expertise, knowledge and network to the partnership, but also their excellent delivery skills. They continue to balance attention to detail with taking the time for genuine exchange and nuanced conversation.”

The most recent sector support work we have delivered is a Guide to Access to Work for the Arts and Cultural Sector. This is aimed at helping individuals and organisations make sense of the DWP’s Access to Work scheme and develop more confidence in people to make applications and increase the number of disabled people in the workforce. It has been incredibly well-received across the sector and boosted the profile of the organisation significantly in the last four months.

Disability Arts Online provides a fun, fulfilling and flexible work environment, set within a small staff team with low turnover. As a new post within this growing arts charity, this is a great opportunity for a communications professional looking for a role they can really make their own.