Association of British Orchestras

Communications Officer

Royal College of Music £29,180 - £32,295 per annum Closing date 24 May 2021
The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2021 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the sixth consecutive year, and top in Europe. We now seek a proactive, confident, creative Communications Officer to raise the Royal College of Music’s visibility and promote our wide-ranging initiatives to a global audience.

The post is diverse and challenging, requiring expertise across the communications portfolio. The post holder will have a key role in producing internal communications for staff and students, presenting complex information in a clear way, whether through an email, a newsletter or a video.
Reporting to the Director of Communications the role will support the management of the RCM’s public relations activities and the production of communications related media and be expected to explore new ways of promoting our world-leading conservatoire. The successful candidate will contribute to the RCM’s social media channels and write news stories for the RCM’s website.

We seek someone who is passionate about our purpose and values and can demonstrate their experience delivering high-quality, multi-channel campaigns – which includes social media and audio-visual content as appropriate. Proven experience of working in a similar communications role, in a media handling environment, a creative HE environment or in the wider creative and cultural industries is welcome, as is handling relationships with media agencies. You will be sensitive to the different audiences and be able to tailor your approach when communicating with students, staff or alumni.

You will build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, be able to plan a strong communications calendar of activities and have experience of crisis communications. The successful candidate will need to be proactive, organised and used to managing a busy workload, working on several different campaigns simultaneously. You will possess impeccable writing and editorial skills, with the ability to take complex information and summarise it for a range of different audiences. You will have contacts amongst arts media and a good awareness of the Higher Education landscape. High-level IT/digital media skills, including use and development of audio-visual equipment and software; social media platforms; and desktop publishing packages is also welcome.

This post is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and is available immediately. Previous applicants need not apply.

For full details of this position please read the Applicant Information Pack, available to download from the RCM website.

The RCM is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for all our staff, students and visitors.

Closing date: 9am Monday 24 May 2021
Interview date: Tuesday 1 June 2021

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