Job Details


Jun 21, 2022


United Kingdom


£15,000 - £25,000

Closing Date

Jul 17, 2022

Manchester International Festival

Press Officer

Closing date – 17 July 2022

Department: Audiences – Press & PR

Locations: Manchester International Festival/The Factory

Remote status: Hybrid Remote

Yearly salary: £24000 – 26000

Employment type: Full-time


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

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the communications team to deliver and launch a new arts venue for Manchester – The Factory.

To work flexibly as part of the Press & Communications team on a range of press activity for MIF & The Factory, which reflects the vision, ambition and activities of the organisation and delivers positive press coverage regionally, nationally and internationally

To 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

• Work with press colleagues to maintain and manage the issuing of press tickets, image requests and enquiries into

• 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


Personal Specification



• 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


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