Communications Manager

University of Sussex - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) is an interdisciplinary performing and creative arts hub for the University of Sussex and the wider community. The recent refurbishment of this Grade II* listed building provides a major venue on campus for students, staff and the wider community. It will be at the centre of practice-based arts education and programmes.

The University is looking to recruit a Communications Manager to support the development of a brand identity and to develop the communications strategy, audience development plan and publicity campaigns for ACCA.

The Communications Manager will be responsible for building awareness, enhancing the reputation and developing audiences for ACCA by proactively promoting its work: the curated artistic programme, showcases of work organised by staff and students, and other programmes that take place at the Centre.

A major part of the role is supporting the Creative Director in establishing a new brand identity to communicate the programme and the values of the Centre. The role will also involve researching, writing and disseminating stories which support the objectives of ACCA and University to international, national, local, online and specialist media.

There is a requirement to translate a wide ranging interdisciplinary arts programme into clear marketing materials and to create a compelling narrative that has media relevance. Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital as are existing relationships with key media. A key element of the role will be to identify opportunities to develop stories across social media platforms using a variety of communications tactics to reach multiple audiences.

The post holder would be required to write annual PR and marketing plans which demonstrate a sustained approach to promoting ACCA and which would be agreed with the Creative Director at ACCA and the University’s Head of Communications. The post holder should be an enthusiastic, self-motivated Communications practitioner with a good track record in managing multiple stakeholders, a strong eye for detail and design and top media handling skills.

The post holder will report to the Creative Director of the ACCA, with a dotted line to the Head of Communications, who sits within the Communications and External Affairs division. Although the post holder will be part of the ACCA team, they will also work closely with the University’s central media relations team.
Some out of office and weekend working may be necessary.

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