Communications Officer

Parker Harris is one of the leading visual arts consultancies in the UK facilitating exhibitions, events and opportunities for artists. As our Communications Officer, you will be responsible for all aspects of press and marketing, with a particular focus on social media and digital marketing. You will be required to develop a communications plan for each of the projects that Parker Harris runs: these projects range from small, regional exhibitions that rely on local press to drive exhibition footfall, to national projects commissioned by government organisations for which an extensive press campaign targeting arts, industry and national publications is required.

To be successful in this role, you will need to be a confident writer, capable of putting together a range of press releases, strong press pitches and compelling social media copy. In addition, you will need to have demonstrable experience of using social media – specifically Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – in a business environment. Finally, you will need to be both organised and able to prioritise, ensuring that targets are met, deadlines are not missed and clients are kept up to date as to the progress of their campaigns.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop, action and report on communications campaigns for a range of projects. These will typically involve a combination of press, reciprocal marketing, advertising (print and digital) and social media.
  • Write press releases.
  • Pitch projects to local, arts, industry, national and international press, both via email and over the phone.
  • Develop existing and build new relationships with relevant organisations, leading to reciprocal marketing activity and media partnerships.
  • Manage the Parker Harris Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
  • Manage clients’ social media accounts.
  • Put together the monthly Parker Harris Newsletter.
  • Build and schedule e-comms.
  • Liaise with designers on artwork for adverts.
  • Report regularly on the progress of communications campaigns, either via email updates or through a series of press and marketing reports.

To be considered for this role, you must:

  • Hold a degree in any humanities subject
  • Have 1-3 years’ experience of using social media in a business environment

Desirable attributes include:

  • A Marketing Degree and/or experience in marketing
  • Experience of working in the arts in any capacity

This role is based at the Parker Harris office in Esher, though occasionally you will be required to attend meetings/events in London or elsewhere. Should you be invited to interview, you will be required to complete a short written exercise before meeting with the business Partners and the current Communications Manager.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please send your CV along with a covering letter to Interviews will take place on Friday 1 November and Monday 4 November.

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Contact Name

Emma Parker

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Start Date

16th October 2019

Closing Date

30th October 2019