Manchester International Festival seeks Press & PR Manager

Closing Date: 20 January 2022

Manchester International Festival

Location: Manchester, with remote working where required

Remuneration: £30-32,000 per annum


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MIF invites great artists from across the globe to create extraordinary new work for the Festival, which is staged every two years at venues and found spaces across Manchester. Our future home is The Factory, a world-class cultural space being built in the heart of the city, where we’ll present a year-round programme and artists will be able to develop work of huge ambition and scale that they might not be able to anywhere else.

The Press & PR Manager will communicate the vision, ambition and activities of The Factory/ MIF to the media, leading innovative press campaigns to deliver positive press coverage regionally, nationally and internationally

Working as part of the Press & Communications teams, this role will support the delivery of a phased communications strategy for The Factory/MIF spanning pre-opening, opening, and post-opening to enhance the organisation’s reputation and profile, and support audience development objectives. This role will actively contribute to the overall planning and strategic direction of the Press & Communications department and overarching audience strategy.

Responsibilities include:

• Devising and delivering innovative press campaigns to communicate the aims and activities of the organisation to the full range of media, including print, broadcast, online and social media, regionally, nationally and internationally

• Developing and delivering strategies for communication of MIF/The Factory’s key messages across all channels

• Writing clear and effective PR materials including press releases, briefing documents, statements and responses to media enquiries

• Establish, develop and maintain strong relationships with a network of key press and media contacts locally, nationally and internationally

• Successfully staging and running media and PR events and activities including press launches, securing the attendance of key critics and reviewers, interviews and photo-calls, and on-the ground co-ordination of broadcast press activity

• Working closely with colleagues across the organisation to identify and shape stories about MIF/The Factory and its work for the media including Skills & Training, Creative Engagement activity, International and Development

• Supporting the communications team in monitoring MIF/The Factory’s digital channels and work closely with the Head of Press & PR on issues management as required

• Supporting the development of appropriate social media content and strategy, taking shared responsibility for the organisation’s social channels as required

• Developing close working relationships with colleagues and ensuring they are equipped to act effectively as ambassadors or spokespeople for the organisation through preparation and circulation of internal PR briefings, and other regular liaison

Essential requirements include:

• Substantial experience of managing media relations, across print, broadcast and online, in a busy press office or consultancy, ideally with a focus on arts and culture

• Proven track record of pro-actively pitching stories and generating impactful media coverage

• Comfortable engaging with the media by telephone and in person and communicating with a range of internal and external contacts and organisations

• Creative and resourceful, with the ability to look beyond the obvious

• Experience of managing events, including media launches

• Commitment to championing representation and inclusion at every level of the organisation with a proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds

Please submit your application via our website.