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Press officer

Press officer

locationManchester, UK
ExpiresExpires: 18/07/2022
Permanent position
£20,000 to £30,000 per year

Closing date - 17 July 2022

Department: Audiences - Press & PR

Locations: Manchester International Festival/The Factory

Remote status: Hybrid Remote

Yearly salary: £24,000 - £26,000

Employment type: Full-time


A unique opportunity to be part of the communications team, helping to deliver and launch a new arts venue for Manchester – The Factory. Work on a range of press activity reflecting our vision & ambitions!

You'll work as part of the press & communications team on a range of press activity for Manchester International Festival (MIF) & The Factory, which reflects the vision, ambition and activities of the organisation and delivers positive press coverage regionally, nationally and internationally

You'll also 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



  • Work closely with the press team and PR consultants to deliver innovative press campaigns to communicate the aims and activities of MIF/The Factory to the media including print, broadcast, online and social media
  • Contribute to strategies for communication of MIF/The Factory’s key messages across all channels
  • Work closely with colleagues across the organisation to identify and shape stories about MIF/The Factory and its work including Skills & Training, Creative Engagement activity, International and Development
  • Write and prepare clear and effective PR materials including press releases, briefing documents, statements and responses to media enquiries
  • Contribute to internal communications as required including the development and distribution of the weekly internal NOTICEBOARD newsletter
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key press and media contacts and in key specialisms as appropriate and take responsibility for maintaining accurate media contacts and mailing lists
  • Successfully help organise and run media and PR events and activities including press launches, interviews and photo-calls, and on-the ground co-ordination of broadcast press activity
  • Maintain ticket requests and manage press desks as required
  • Monitor MIF/The Factory’s presence in the media, and relevant sector-wide news and developments, including circulating clippings and preparing media reports for the organisation and relevant external contacts. Act as liaison with media monitoring agency (Cision)
  • Maintain the organisation’s media library and ensure distribution to appropriate press contacts
  • Book and manage press photography and shoots as required
  • With press colleagues, oversee the development of the organisation’s press database (Spektrix) and its segmentation systems
  • Support the communications team in monitoring MIF/The Factory’s digital channels, and the development of appropriate social media content, taking shared responsibility for the organisation’s social channels as required
  • Provide admin support for the press team to include invoicing, maintenance of department filing system, travel, hospitality booking etc


Knowledge, skills, experience


  • Experience of working in a busy press office, across print, broadcast and online, ideally with a focus on arts and culture
  • Experience of writing press releases, statements and briefing papers
  • Good knowledge of local and regional media landscape
  • Comfortable with the media on telephone and in person, and communicating with a range of internal and external contacts and organisations
  • Experience of media monitoring, using cuttings agencies etc
  • Experience of events
  • 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


  • Creative and resourceful, with an ability to think beyond the obvious
  • Organised, self-motivated and able to work across a range of events simultaneously, managing multiple priorities and deadlines
  • A broad interest in arts and culture
  • Good arts and culture contacts
  • Experience of working with freelancers and agencies
  • Experience of working with artists and creatives
  • Enthusiasm for training, mentoring and support of emerging talent  


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

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Junior

Salary range

  • £20,000 to £30,000 per year

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