Job post: Communications Officer (part time) at People’s Palace Projects

  • 11-month fixed-term contract initially
  • 15 hours per week (flexible working hours)
  • Based on QMUL Mile End Campus, East London
  • Salary: £25,000-£26,450 gross FTE
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: we are postponing our deadline FOR APPLYING until Wednesday, 25th March, 5pm for the position of Communication Officer here at PPP. Interviews with selected candidates will be held online on 30th March.

    If you haven’t applied yet, hurry, as there is still time!

  • This is a new post and is offered for a start date of 2nd April 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Introductions:

People’s Palace Projects, a thriving arts research charity delivering an exciting range of mid to large scale UK and international projects in the field of Arts for Social Change, is seeking a hands-on and enthusiastic Communications Officer to join our dynamic team at Queen Mary University of London (Mile End Campus).

 Job Description:

  • The key purpose of this position is to support and deliver People’s Palace Projects’ communications strategy, addressing both organisational branding/awareness and project activity, working closely with its team of Project Managers, Creative Director and Executive Director.
  • To lead on the design and implementation of media campaigns; to develop effective relations with media personnel and to build a mailing list of UK based journalists and online media channels to promote the organisation’s activities.
  • To lead a communications plan and deliver weekly actions for press, social media and websites, supported by the Project Managers and Executive Director.
  • To plan, write and deliver regular newsletters to PPP’s various newsletter subscription lists.
  • To support the design, implementation and monitoring of project communication strategies, working closely with the relevant Project Manager and Artistic/Executive Directors as appropriate.
  • To co-ordinate the production of internal and external communications, including writing, sub-editing and proofreading of communications and textual documentation material. To prepare various written reports, press briefings and press releases and to contribute sub-editing and proofreading support to PPP’s publications (print and digital).
  • To contribute to the planning and creation of audio-visual documentation and presentation material such as PowerPoint templates and presentations, short films, audio content, visual content, new websites/mini-sites and new media. From time to time this may include commissioning external contractors to develop material.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Substantial work experience as media or communications officer.
  • Proven work experience in print and digital media.
  • Robust understanding of social media and ability to communicate across different platforms.
  • Demonstrable skills in programme communication, brand development and the development of information and communication material.
  • Ability to produce content for social media, press releases, project reports, Annual Reports and organisation’s website.
  • A proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, planning and strategy.
  • Proven writing, copywriting, editing and proofing skills.
  • Native level of fluency and an excellent degree of accuracy in written and spoken English.
  • Skills in MS Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point.

Desirable:

  • Substantial work experience in and understanding of third sector organisations, particularly as Media or Communications Officer or related post.
  • A degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or a closely related discipline.
  • Language skills: particularly Portuguese (Brazilian Portuguese preferred), Spanish.
  • Experience/skills in using Photoshop.

Candidates must send filled application form (DOWNLOAD HERE),  plus at least two examples of written material to rosie.hunter@peoplespalace.org.uk. Deadline for applications is 20th March 2020, 3pm UK time. 

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About People’s Palace Projects (www.peoplespalaceprojects.org.uk)

People’s Palace Projects was set up in 1996 when Drama and Performance Professor Paul Heritage came to Queen Mary, University of London to establish a new Drama Department.  Having previously founded the Theatre in Prison and Probation (TiPP) Centre at Manchester University with colleague James Thompson, Paul set out to create an independent arts charity based in East London.

Interested in exploring the ways in which the arts can respond to urgent social crises, Paul’s vision for People’s Palace Projects was supported by QMUL and the organisation was incorporated as a charity in 1998.  Since 2007, it has been a full charitable subsidiary of the University.

People’s Palace Projects has had an international focus from its inception, with our first project journeying to Burkina Faso, West Africa.  The project addressed issues that affected Burkina Faso’s rural communities, particularly in regards to AIDS/HIV education.  By working with a local partner, we trained practitioners and created a tour of forum-based performances.  This initial project marked the beginning of the process that still forms the basis of PPP’s work, both in the UK and beyond.

Twenty-three years on…

People’s Palace Projects has spent the last twenty years creating and debating art that makes a difference to people’s lives. From London to Brazil, Liverpool to Azerbaijan, our creative projects and cultural exchange programmes have sought out contexts where art matters most and worked with those for whom art makes a difference in their lives.

For over a decade, we worked in the Brazilian prison system, seeing prison guards become human rights advocates, ex-prisoners become actors, and a studio theatre built in a Federal prison complex in Brasília.  We have created projects that have had a real and measurable impact on people’s lives, including the negotiation of ceasefires between rival drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro and the improvement of degraded environments in the communities of Acre, Brazil.

People’s Palace Projects’ work has received recognition from a number of awarding boards.  In 2010, we became the first and only UK arts organisation to become one of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture’s International ‘Pontos de Cultura’ (Points of Culture).  Our artistic director, Paul Heritage has been knighted by the Brazilian government for his contribution to UK-Brazilian cooperation.  In 2004, Paul received the British Council’s 70th Anniversary Award and Premio ORILAXE award for Human Rights in 2005 for his work with PPP projects.