Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK's top five visitor attractions, occupying a 17 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day.
The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to four Resident Orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and four Associate Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain).
As Press Manager, you will work flexibly as part of the Marketing and Communications team to lead on and deliver positive media coverage for Southbank Centre, specifically its contemporary music and contemporary classical music programmes.
You will have significant experience of devising and implementing strategic media campaigns, including social media, developing a ‘digital first’ approach to all communications planning. You will have a proven track record in pro-actively pitching stories, drafting compelling media and PR materials including press releases, statements and briefing documents, and providing advice on press strategy at a senior level. With exceptional organisational skills, you will successfully run media and PR events and activities including press conferences and photo-calls. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are essential, as is experience of line management and being a strong team player. Experience of promoting contemporary music is essential.
We present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from people from a BAME background or those who are Deaf or disabled as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. If you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments for this role please indicate this on your application form and we will be in touch with you.
By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things. We offer a stimulating and professional environment in which to work - and the pace and scale can be breathtaking. This is a remarkable place to work and our people require the ability to work in The Southbank Centre Way - to think, act and learn with speed and agility.
Contract: Permanent, full time
Closing date for applications: 23:45, Tuesday 8th October 2019
Interviews: w/c 14th October 2019
We reserve the right to close the advert early if enough applications are received.
Work flexibly as part of the Marketing and Communications team to lead on and deliver positive media coverage for Southbank Centre, specifically the contemporary music and contemporary classical music programmes.
Actively contribute to the overall planning and strategic direction of the Marketing & Communications department.
Line manage two members of the team and contribute to the development of junior members of staff.
Ensure a ‘digital first’ approach to all communications planning and work closely with the digital and marketing teams to plan and deliver content.
Devise and implement creative and effective media strategies for Southbank Centre’s events and year-round programme, in particular the contemporary music and contemporary classical programme, overseeing the work of allocated Press Officers
Secure targeted, positive and consistent media and PR coverage, fully exploiting the potential of digital platforms
Work with colleagues across the team to promote the site as a Destination
Create compelling media and PR materials including press releases, briefing documents, speeches and undertake relevant research as required
Successfully run media and PR events and activities including press conferences and photo-calls, across art forms and festivals, but particularly music
Support the press team in monitoring Southbank Centre’s digital channels and work closely with senior staff on issues management. Some out-of-hours work is required including monitoring social media and issues management as part of the regular Press Manager rota.
Effectively raise awareness of Southbank Centre’s corporate and business objectives in all areas of communications
Publicise Southbank Centre’s Creative Learning events and activities as an integral part of campaigns
Develop and communicate engaging evaluations for all campaigns
Establish, develop and nurture close working relationships with media contacts, key partners and promoters
Attend in-house events as necessary as well as external networking events related to the role
Contribute to internal communications under the direction of the Head of Media & PR
Secure and successfully manage targeted media and PR partnerships
Manage relationships with external PR consultants and agencies as required
Advise and brief Southbank Centre staff, establishing and developing close working relationships with colleagues across Marketing & Communications, Digital, Artistic Programming and Development in supporting the artistic programme
Work with colleagues to maintain accurate media contacts and mailing lists and manage the issuing of press tickets
Assist, and deputise for the Senior Press Manager as required
Skills and experience required:
Significant experience of devising and implementing strategic and creative media campaigns
Knowledge and experience of utilising social media in PR campaigns
Experience of line management
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
The ability to write effectively, to draft press statements on sensitive issues and provide advice on press strategy at a senior level
Proven track record in pro-actively pitching stories and networking with key contacts
Experience of promotion of contemporary music
Exceptional organisational skills with a proven ability to work well under pressure across a multitude of projects
A strong team player
Ability to network and negotiate effectively at a senior level both internally and externally
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the role that diversity and inclusion play in the activities of the Southbank Centre as a whole and in the work of this particular job.
The Southbank Centre Way
The Southbank Centre Way is a framework that sets out how we want our people to work together, enjoying what we do. It describes the qualities that drive our ability to inspire, provoke and transform lives and illustrates behaviours that make Southbank Centre a warm and welcoming destination in which to work, perform or visit. The language that forms the Southbank Centre Way comes from the people who work here. We have captured their words to help everyone we work with understand us. We believe it is vital for our staff to display these qualities and behaviours for us to be the world class organisation we aspire to be and we will be looking for these attributes as part of our selection process for this role.