Communications & Content Assistant

Summary

The Communications & Content Assistant will report to the Deputy Head of Communications and work closely with the Marketing & Commercial team to maximise the reach of, and engagement, with The Old Vic’s social channels. They will support the Communications team in maximising press opportunities and coverage in relation to productions, audience development initiatives, brand awareness, corporate affairs and fundraising campaigns

More Details

Department/Team: Marketing & Commercial

Responsible to: Deputy Head of Communications

Hours: 40 hours per week from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday although additional hours will be necessary in order to fulfil the requirements of the post.

Contract: Full time, Permanent position

Location: Mix of home working and from The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB (min 3 office days)

Salary: £27,352

Benefits

  • Hybrid working for eligible teams and a company culture that promotes good work/life balance
  • Enhanced annual leave, starting at 25 days per year, increasing by one day per year up to 30 days (plus bank holidays). Opportunity to switch statutory bank holidays to mark a religious event or festival
  • Complimentary tickets for you and a guest to Old Vic preview productions
  • Discretionary invite to Press Night performances and parties
  • Free therapy from our therapy partner SelfSpace
  • Mental health support via our in house Mental Health Champions
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions with The People’s Pension
  • Festive day – one discretionary additional paid day off around the festive period for a collective pause
  • Time to volunteer – one day per year to support a charity or project of your choosing
  • Commitment to learning, education and development
  • Enhanced sick pay
  • Access to interest free travel schemes including Cycle 2 work and Season Ticket loans after your probation period
  • Family friendly policies and enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental pay
  • All staff social events
  • Staff discount in Penny and The Old Vic bars as well as discounts in local bars and restaurants
  • Opportunities to get involved with staff clubs and working groups such as the Inclusion Working Group
  • Buddy schemes including New Starter and Parental buddies to support your induction and return to work after parental leave

The Role

The Communications & Content Assistant will report to the Deputy Head of Communications and work closely with the Marketing & Commercial team to maximise the reach of, and engagement, with The Old Vic’s social channels. They will support the Communications team in maximising press opportunities and coverage in relation to productions, audience development initiatives, brand awareness, corporate affairs and fundraising campaigns.

Purpose of the job

  • To support the Deputy Head of Communications and Communications Officer in ensuring that The Old Vic has a vibrant, creative and engaging PR presence that acts as a gateway to the theatre and clearly communicates all aspects of the theatre’s work
  • To support the Communications & Content Managers in leading the organisation’s social and communications strategy
  • To protect The Old Vic brand at all times.

Areas of Responsibility

Communications:

  • To support the Communications Officer in managing the press, social and ED&I calendars, ensuring these are regularly updated and communicated with the Marketing & Commercial team to inform campaign planning
  • To support the Deputy Head of Communications and Communications Officer in working with the Marketing & Commercial team to devise, schedule and implement creative PR campaigns to complement marketing campaigns
  • To support the Deputy Head of Communications and Communications Officer in the monitoring of press cuttings and issue regular updates to the Marketing & Commercial team and other stakeholders
  • To manage and issue a regular industry press update to the Marketing & Commercial team and other stakeholders
  • To support with the logistics of media interviews, briefings and content creation ensuring that all parties have comprehensive and timely itineraries
  • To chaperone members of the cast and creative teams during content and media opportunities with discretion and respect
  • To support the organisation and management of press nights
  • To support in the quick and efficient responding to enquiries from the media.

Content:

  • Supported by the Communications & Content Managers, bring energy and enthusiasm to the development of The Old Vic’s TikTok channel
  • To support the Communications & Content Managers in social scheduling in line with the press, social and ED&I calendars and leading the community engagement function responding to social queries in tandem with the Box Office team
  • To support the Communications & Content Managers in the creation of content, with a particular focus on TikToK
  • To support the Communications & Content Managers in the realisation of the e-comms strategy, supporting in the creation of emails, link tracking and reporting.

General:

  • To proof read all press releases and e-comms and support the internal, and external where necessary, sign-off process
  • To take notes for the weekly Marketing and Production meeting to ensure an accurate record of updates and future actions and circulating these with the team
  • To support the Marketing & Commercial team in facilitating new and ongoing relationships with key influencers, supporting on the planning and administration of influencer events.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to manage a busy workload
  • The ability to deal confidently, positively and discreetly with external contacts both face to face and over the telephone
  • Able to proactively manage concurrent projects to tight deadlines in an environment with competing demands
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multi task
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Good attention to detail and high level of accuracy for proof reading, copywriting and editing
  • A knowledge of TikTok best practise.

How to Apply

We understand that everyone is different and we want you to apply in whichever way you feel best shows your skills and experience. There are a range of ways that you can apply with us:

  • 1. Sending a short video file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you (have a look at the person specification in the job description).
  • 2. Sending a short audio file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you.
  • 3. Completing our application form.
  • 4. Uploading your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and working at the Old Vic.

As a Disability Confident employer, The Old Vic has made a commitment that all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for this job will be invited to interview. However in the event that we have a high volume of applications all of whom meet the criteria and identify as disabled, meaning it is not practicable to interview everyone, we may apply a weighting to the shortlisting criteria, or add an additional shortlisting stage before any interviews take place. In all cases we will take care to ensure that any criteria or weightings do not disadvantage disabled applicants.

All appointments are made subject to satisfactory references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

The Process

The recruitment process for this role will be two stages:

  • 1st stage virtual conversation
  • 2nd stage in person conversation
  • You may be asked to complete a work based skills assessment or challenge.

The closing date for this role is 28 May 2024First Conversations are likely to take place w/c 10 June 2024.

Equal Opportunities

We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled candidates.

We may take positive action, in cases where candidates are equally qualified, to increase the employment of under-represented groups at The Old Vic.

In the event that we ask you to attend the theatre for a conversation and you are struggling financially, we may be able to reimburse you for any reasonable travel costs.

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FAQs

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Organisation

The Old Vic

Location Type

Specific location

Salary Type

Salaried

Salary (Exact)

£27,352

Closing Date

28/05/2024

Contract Type

Permanent, Full Time

Job Type

Marketing & Digital

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